Night to Shine brings joy, lasting memories to guests, volunteers

Published Jan 28, 2018 at 9:00am

Delta Lake Bible Conference Center and Rome Alliance Church will serve as one of more than 500 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously on Friday, Feb. 9.

Night to Shine is a memorable prom night experience, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place in all 50 states and 16 countries around the world, and the numbers continue to grow.

“We are excited to bring Night to Shine to the Rome area for the third year in a row,” said Steve Clark, executive director of Delta Lake Bible Conference Center. “This is an amazing time to honor our special guests, crown them King and Queen of the prom, and give them a great time of celebration. I believe this is a great way for our entire community to partner together to bring excitement into the lives of all who attend.”   

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 for each honored guest, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers, and a dance floor. All activities lead up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

“Night to Shine is my favorite night of the year. It’s also a favorite night for thousands and thousands of kings and queens all over the world that we crown at the end of this prom,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Every town, every village, every state, and every country needs to host a Night to Shine for their special needs community. It’s a time in which people can work together and be a part of something significant and life-changing – and be blessed in the process. It’s about being a part of one team.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church, including Rome Alliance, with the official 2018 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 more than $3.5 million in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

“Night to Shine is a great opportunity to love a group of individuals that are often overlooked in society today,” said Rome Alliance Church Pastor Bryce Baldwin. “As a church and a community, we want to let these special people know they are loved, and especially loved by God.  As a church we want to love people in tangible ways and Night to Shine provides this opportunity.”

What also makes a Night to Shine possible, is its groups of supportive volunteers who help decorate or donate their services to make the evening a success.

“Having the privilege of being a volunteer for a Night to Shine has been amazing,” volunteer Jessica Boardman said. “It’s a great evening celebrating and demonstrating God’s love for others.”  

A Mad Affair has been involved with Night to Shine in the area since the beginning, and owner Michelle Minicozzi said she is excited to continue working for the program. 

“Working with the Tim Tebow Foundation, Delta Lake Bible Conference Center and the Rome Alliance Church has been an amazing experience,” she said. “The Night to Shine event is more than just a dance, it’s a way to involve the community with an awesome group of guests and volunteers.  The elegance and attention to detail makes the evening one that the guests will remember and look forward to every year.  It’s incredible to see the generosity of so many people coming together for a great cause.”

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 2017, 375 host churches and 150,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 75,000 honored guests with special needs.

Churches are signing up every day for Night to Shine 2018 and the event is expected to take place in more than 500 locations in all 50 states and on six continents this February. 

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Delta Lake Bible Conference Center and Rome Alliance Church in Rome, NY, visit www.deltalake.org or call the office at 315-336-7210.

For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/