Feb. 10 United Methodist Church of West Palm Beach hosted one of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s annual Night to Shine prom nights, dedicated to those with disabilities and special needs. The Tim Tebow Foundation said Night to Shine is a night for the churches to shine, the volunteers to shine, honored guests to shine and God to shine.
The night was a reflection of the organization's official objective, which, according to timtebowfoundation.org, is to celebrate people with special needs.
All honorary guests were paired with a volunteer, called a buddy, and led down the red carpet while being cheered on by family and friends
At the end of the red carpet, guests got their glamour shot.
But the real fun began on the dance floor.
Freshman psychology major Emily Martin volunteered as a buddy for the night.
“My favorite part was definitely watching them dance and just being themselves,” Martin said.
Martin said the event’s purpose was to ensure that people with special needs know they are loved by God.
Sophomore elementary education major Ellie Alligood also volunteered at Night to Shine.
“Everyone had so much fun; you could really tell that it made a difference,” Alligood said.
Along with the red carpet, photos and dancing, the event also had karaoke, snacks, a photo booth and limo rides. Below is a photo of Patrick (guest) joining his date, Amyleigh (guest), in the limo.
Amyleigh was extremely excited to ride in a limo for the first time.
At the end of the event, a video message from Tebow explained that the guests are undeniably special and they were crowned king or queen by their buddy.
According to the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine is hosted by over 350 churches in 50 states and 11 countries. This national celebration of those with disabilities was founded in 2010 by Tebow.