Night to Shine With Tim Tebow: A Prom Night Experience for Special Needs Kids by 30Seconds Mom

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Next month will mark the fourth anniversary of Night to Shine, the unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. In just four years, Night to Shine has truly become a worldwide movement and this year, more than 175,000 volunteers in more than 540 churches around the world will serve more than 90,000 honored guests simultaneously on one night, Friday, February 9, 2018. The 540 host churches represent all 50 states, 16 countries and now 33 different denominations and celebrate more than 1,000 percent growth from year one.

“I am so thankful for each and every host church, volunteer, donor and sponsor for answering the call and joining this worldwide movement,” shared Tim Tebow, Founder and Chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “To think that 90,000 people with special needs will be cheered for, celebrated and loved on one night around the world is just amazing. When Night to Shine started just four years ago, even with our big vision we could never have imagined that it would become the worldwide movement that it is today. But we serve a big God and He has truly blessed this ministry."

To help ensure the foundation’s ability to continue this exponential growth, TTF is thrilled to announce that for a second year, American Residential Services (ARS/Rescue Rooter) has committed as Night to Shine’s Global Partner. In the second year of a three-year agreement, ARS’s support has made Night to Shine possible for thousands of people with special needs and will help with the foundation’s goal of making sure that every person with special needs knows that they are celebrated, valued and loved. In addition to their financial support, hundreds of ARS employees across the nation will be serving as volunteers at various Night to Shine host churches.

“ARS is passionate about giving back to the community, and we are honored to be the Global Partner for this universal effort,” said Dave Slott, Co-CEO of ARS/Rescue Rooter. “We cherish our longstanding partnership with Tim and the Tim Tebow Foundation, and our employees across the country look forward to volunteering at Night to Shine.”

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this 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 for each honored guest and, of course, a dance floor … all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

“Night to Shine is more than the limo rides, the red carpets, the fancy dresses, and the shiny shoes. It’s special because our guests realize, some for the first time, that they’re worth it. They are told they’re special and that they’re loved,” shared Tebow. “And at the end of the night, when each and every one of them is crowned king or queen of the prom, they go home knowing that God loves them and has a special, unique and purposeful plan for their life.”

To be a part of this worldwide event, visit to find out where you can attend your local event, volunteer to celebrate people with special needs or donate to help make it all possible.

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Ann Marie Patitucci
This is remarkable. What a special experience for so many special people! Thank you for sharing this with us, Donna John !
Tiffany Zook
The Gem Foundation has been on the receiving end of this amazing movement . Watoto Church in Uganda hosts the prom and it truly is a red carpet night!!! This makes my heart dance!
S Roberts
this is the stuff real heroes are made of, too bad it's not widely publicized.
Tiffany Zook
Katie Fulton Let’s plan a trip to thegemfoundation next year during Night to Shine in Uganda at Watoto.

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