Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wordful Wednesday - Night to Shine 2019: Main Event

corsages made for the ladies

Last week's Wordful Wednesday I delved a little bit about the volunteers for Night to Shine.  Now I'd like to give you a glimpse of the actual event.  Night to Shine is 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.

crowns worn by the men

On February 8th, 2019, over 500 churches nationwide and in 16 countries celebrated 90,000 kings and queens during Night to Shine. Our church alone had almost 300 guests and approximately 700 volunteers. The entire event was more amazing than the Loch Ness Monster taking on a modelling career with Bigfoot as the manager.  (Yep, even better than that!)

me with guest, Donna

Once guests arrived, they were paired up with a Buddy who would be their escort for the night.  Next they were presented with crowns and boutonnieres for the kings, and tiaras and corsages for the queens.  Once that took place, they walked down a red carpet for a photo shoot and autographs.  It came complete with screaming "paparazzi" and fans.

one side of the room, eating a meal

These two brothers always take center stage.  They command an audience and have killer karaoke skill.

one of the guests with her service dog

Once they walked down the red carpet, it was time for the festivities.  The church auditorium and lobby was cleared out for a dance floor with DJ, shoe shine, hair and makeup station, photo booth, basketball hoop, miniature golf, and sit-down supper.  There was also a Hummer Limo giving rides.

Supper was grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, rice, dinner rolls, and brownies. The end of the night concluded with the release of over 1000 balloons.

Nail polish 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.  Sadly, this will be the last year for our church to participate in this event.  Not gonna lie, this is an event I look forward to every year and I hate to see it end.

Timmy with his girlfriend
Every time he gets a chance to see her, he proposes.  And she always says yes.


Rachel B said...

This is awesome I have a special needs child