Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wordful Wednesday - Night to Shine 2019: Volunteers

It's not often that I can get my hair and makeup to look this good!

Have you ever heard of Night to Shine?  It's an amazing event put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation (yes, the one of NFL fame!) .  During the annual event, people with special needs are treated like royalty.  The church I belong to was one of many to transform the place into a prom-like experience.  This was the fourth time out of five years that I've volunteered.

On February 8th, 2019, over 500 churches nationwide and in 16 countries celebrated 90,000 kings and queens during Night to Shine. 

Me and Jason
He was a floater, making sure several stations were running smoothly.

Our church alone had almost 300 guests and approximately 700 volunteers.  People from our church made up a big portion of the volunteers but, this year, we had tremendous help from the university's football team, softball team, and volleyball team.  We also had help from Kohl's, a boy scout troop, and a nearby school. 
My son, Logan, also helped with coat check.

These pics are just a very small fraction of the volunteers from the big night.  I'll post pics of the royalty and what went on at a later time.  This year, I worked with a group doing Coat Check.  Beings that it's been super cold, we were kept quite busy.  Our job was to take people's coats and purses, tag them, and hang them up at the beginning of the night.  Then we had to return the property at the end of the evening.
My lovely friend, Anya, helped work a Coat Check station.

It takes a small community to work before, during and after Night to Shine.  But it is absolutely well worth it.  The guests are treated like royalty and are shown they that are worth celebrating.  The volunteers may leave exhausted but they go away with wonderful memories.  Unfortunately, this is the last year our church will be partaking in Night to Shine.  Not gonna lie, I'm kinda sad about it.
Logan and his now ex-girlfriend.  His face cracks me up!
She helped work the Coat Check as well.

Funny side story: 

Logan came in wearing slacks and a dress shirt.  He brought a tie and was all stressed out about having someone help put it on.  

Logan:  Hey, mom, I need to find someone to help me put my tie on.  
Me: You're dressed up enough. A tie isn't necessary.
Logan:  If I don't wear a tie, I look Amish.
Me: News alert!  Put a tie on, and you're STILL gonna look Amish.  Just sayin'.

left: Charlie - coat check and t-shirt stand
center: Jason - floater
Right: Christ - parking lot duty


Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like a super fun event. Yeah for all the volunteers who helped put it on. Your son’s comment cracked me up.

An Apel a Day said...

You look wonderful in your pictures!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I love that Tim Tebow started this foundation. I like to look through the photos of everyone having a great time each year. That's wonderful that your church is one of the participants!

Laura said...

I love your black dress! The lace at the top is super cute!