For the second year, Mount Pleasant Christian Church partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host Night to Shine, a prom experience centered on God’s love for people with special needs. The event aims to show the complete and unconditional love that Christ has for us all. Friday, February 10 was a night made to show others that regardless of their circumstance, they are welcomed, valued and loved.
Last year, Night to Shine had over 235 attendees and 450 volunteers. This year, the number of honored guests and volunteers increased dramatically. The prom had over 316 honored guests with 600 volunteers and 350 caregivers and parents that were spread out over two campuses.
The main church campus had a salon that was set up during the day for guests to come in and get their hair, nails and makeup done. While the main event was happening at the Community Life Center, the church campus hosted a caregiver/parents dinner, a wonderful opportunity to sit and enjoy a great meal while meeting new friends with the same commonalities of life.
The event is always a showstopper. Every guest of Night to Shine entered the prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming, friendly paparazzi and folks cheering them on. Once inside, guests received corsages, boutonnieres and a catered dinner and had a blast playing games, singing karaoke and dancing! The highlight of the night came when every one of the Night to Shine guests was crowned as a king or queen of the prom. This is a key factor in the planning of the Foundation and a reminder that the attendees are always a king or a queen in the eyes of God.
Tim Tebow’s Foundation started Night to Shine in 2015 with 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers working together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year, the numbers are astounding! Worldwide, Night to Shine was hosted in 50 states and 200 countries with 75,000 honored guests and 150,000 volunteers, all sharing the same amazing prom experience on the same night around the world!
This event could not be made possible without the help of volunteers. Every person who attended was required to have a buddy, someone to share the evening with them and help with any of their needs. In addition to the buddies, volunteers were also needed to help set up and prepare for the event, run different stations and tear down the event afterward. Mount Pleasant recruited over 600 volunteers to serve at Night to Shine.
Kenzie Spate and Ben Strait both attend Greenwood Middle School and attended the prom together. Kenzie’s mother, Laurie, is so happy that this prom now exists in our community. “Prom night is a night we can celebrate our kids never thinking they are accidents but such blessings.” explains Laurie. “You enter the prom and feel nothing but love and pride. It is a night like no other, and we look forward to many more years of Night to Shine.”
About the Tim Tebow Foundation
The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit timtebowfoundation.org.