A Night to Shine Lives Up to Its Name
A Night to Shine was just that for many people here in Columbia.
On February 10th, the Tim Tebow Foundation provided the ultimate prom experience for 75,000 people with disabilities at more than 375 churches around the world, including Columbia’s Compass Evangelical Free Church. (learn more here)
This wasn’t just any ole party. It was and is THE party.
“It was awesome. Everyone is still talking about it!” Community Living (CL) Manager Brenda Wilson said.
For weeks, many in Community Living prepared for the big night by shopping for the perfect outfit and then anxiously awaiting the big night.
It definitely lived up to its name.
Every detail was perfectly coordinated. Local volunteers worked countless hours decorating and preparing for the event. By the end of the night, every single person felt like royalty.
“One can only imagine all the work that went behind this event to make it so perfect,” says CL Manager Lynette Austin.
As they walked in, everyone was greeted by a red carpet, paparazzi snapping pictures, and an avalanche of blue and grey balloons.
Each partygoer was paired with a buddy, ready to dance the night away and be at his or her every beck and call.
Hair, makeup, and shoeshine stations were set up and ready to pamper.
There was also a corsage and boutonniere station, karaoke, a DJ, dancing, limo and trolley rides, a photo booth, and food galore.
“Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and salads, snack mixes, bagels, rolls, fruits, chocolate covered strawberries, gourmet candies, and a giant table display of every blue candy imaginable. If you left hungry, it was your own fault,” Austin.
At the end of the night, everyone was crowned king or queen—a perfect ending to a perfect night.
“The Night to Shine was simply magical. It was better than any high school prom or college formal,” says CL Manager Vicki Shulte.
Days later everyone who attended is still raving about the dance. They’re already planning for the next year.
Heath, supported in ACT’s Community Living and Day Program, said, “I danced with my buddy, ate great food, and rode in a limo…it was the best night of my life!”