FLORENCE, KY. (FOX19) - Florence United Methodist Church in Kentucky and Christ Church in Mason will be among 650 churches globally hosting the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine" Friday night.
The foundation, headed up by the former NFL quarterback, has been holding the annual event centered on God’s love for those with special needs ages 14 and up since 2015.
Florence UMC leaders said in a statement they are excited to be a “part of this worldwide movement that God is using as a catalyst to change how culture embraces people with special needs and to rally the church worldwide to stand up for those who are differently-abled.”
FOX19 NOW Morning News Anchors Dan Wells and Jessica Brown served as master of ceremonies at Christ’s Church.
Every guest of “Night to Shine” enters the complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi.
Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, a dance floor… all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.
“I am blown away by how we are seeing God use the Church to step into this space as an advocate for people with special needs," said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, in a prepared statement.
“It’s not about my foundation or the churches themselves, but about communities coming together to love and celebrate people with differences. Every town, every village, every state, every country needs a Night to Shine for their special needs community – a chance to be a part of something significant and life-changing…and to be blessed in the process.”
As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with the official 2019 Night to Shine Planning Manual, the official Night to Shine Prom Kit, complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member.
The foundation also has committed millions of dollars in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.
When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom.
In February 2018, 537 host churches and 175,000 volunteers united to celebrate 90,000 honored guests with special needs.
Now in its fifth anniversary year, the Tim Tebow Foundation is seeing new churches sign up continuously and the event is expected to take place in over 650 locations this coming February.
For additional information on the Night to Shine, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org/ministries/night-to-shine.