Tim Tebow Foundation’s unforgettable prom night experience designed specifically for people with special needs, ages 14 and older was recently held for the first time in Birmingham. On February 8, 2019 Oak Mountain Presbyterian rolled out the red carpet for the Night to Shine event with 360 local teen and adult volunteers serving as “buddies” (escorting honored guests) and in other roles to make the night truly memorable for 178 special guests and their families. More than 40 local businesses donated everything to create a stunning prom night experience including food, flowers, limo service, tent and drape, and live music.
Honored guests started their evening receiving the royal treatment including hair and make-up stations, shoe shining, corsages and boutonnieres. Attendees entered by limo on a red carpet, complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd, including the UAB Cheerleaders. The event culminated with each guest crowned as king or queen of the prom. While the honored guests enjoyed their special night, their parents and caregivers were pampered in a respite area complete with food, live music, and complimentary pampering services while they waited for the ‘crowning moment.’
The purpose of Night to Shine is to demonstrate to people with special needs that God loves them and that they are worthy. The event launched in 2015 with 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers honoring 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year’s Night to Shine took place in more than 700 locations.