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Gate City church to host Night to Shine prom for people with special needs

Staff Report • Jan 27, 2019 at 9:30 AM

GATE CITY – Feb. 8 will be a special day at First Baptist Church of Gate City.

On that day, the church will join hundreds of others across the world in hosting a Night to Shine prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The event aims to provide “an unforgettable prom night experience” for those ages 14 and older with special needs.

“FBC Gate City is excited to be a part of this worldwide movement that God is using as a catalyst to change how culture embraces people with special needs and to rally the church worldwide to stand up for those who are differently-abled,” a press release states.

What to expect

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, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors and a dance floor, all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

Planning and assistance

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with the official 2019 Night to Shine planning manual and prom kit, complete with decorations and gifts for the guests. Churches will also receive personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member.

The foundation has also committed millions of dollars in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

A wide reach

When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 prom kings and queens. This past February, 537 host churches and 175,000 volunteers celebrated 90,000 honored prom guests.

With new churches signing up continuously, the event is expected to take place in over 700 locations this February.

“I am blown away by how we are seeing God use the Church to step into this space as an advocate for people with special needs,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, in a press release. “It’s not about my foundation or the churches themselves, but about communities coming together to love and celebrate people with differences.

“Every town, every village, every state, every country needs a Night to Shine for their special needs community – a chance to be a part of something significant and life changing … and to be blessed in the process.”

For more information

To learn more about the Night to Shine prom hosted by FBC Gate City, visit www.fbcgatecity.org. For more on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/.