People with special needs were treated to extraordinary prom nights by churches around the globe.
“It’s a dream come to reality to see so many people gather from all over the world to experience it one night and to see each face reflect Christ in their joyful smiles, beautiful spirits,” tweeted retired Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow Friday during one event.
It’s a dream come true to see so many come together around the world to experience Night to Shine on this one night & to see each face reflect the love of Christ in their joyful smiles & beautiful spirits.
So thankful to have a front row seat & watch God at work, truly humbling! pic.twitter.com/xdMJyiSakY
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) February 10, 2023
On the night of the big event, more than 600 churches offered Night to Shine events. Demi-Leigh Tebow tweeted the news. Tim Tebow’s spouse Demi-Leigh Tebow.
Night to Shine took place this year for the first time since 2020. To everyone’s delight. During the COVID pandemic, distanced celebrations were organized.
Night to Shine was accessible online for those who couldn’t attend in person.
Ellen Gardner, mother of Night to Shine King, and TTF Shine on Manager said, “We still feel that in person is the best.”
— Tim Tebow Foundation (@tebowfoundation) February 10, 2023
When announcing the 2023 event, Tim Tebow stated that COVID could cancel many things but not worth and value and love.
Tebow tweeted, “Seeing the faces and hearts of thousands of Kings and Queens lighten up as they are loved, celebrated…knowing that each one is being shown the truth of their significance, valuable and loved…I cannot help but feel emotional,”
According to the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine is a free event that local churches sponsor. Red carpet entrances, limousine rides, and catered dinners are some of the prom-like events available for those 14 years and older who have special needs. Parents and caregivers can also use the respite room. The crowning ceremony is where each guest receives either a crown or a tie.
Night to Shine, a Tim Tebow Foundation project, is a 501(c),(3) charity. The organization’s mission “is to bring hope, faith, and love to people in the darkest hour of their lives.” It is part of the larger ministry for special needs.
Other projects of the Foundation include orphan care and anti-human trafficking. They also provide physical and spiritual support for children with severe medical needs.