A Night To Shine 2018

Tim Tebow Foundation Night To Shine 2018 In Falkville

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Tim Tebow Foundation Night To Shine 2018 In Falkville

Fairview: The Grace Place hosted an unforgettable prom night experience – centered on God’s love – for people with special needs ages 14 and older – on Friday evening. It was called the Tim Tebow Foundation Night To Shine.

In simple terms, it was a Special Needs Prom. However, it was far more than that.

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Night to Shine is a worldwide event hosted by over 350 churches in all 50 states and 11 countries including Albania, Ecuador, Haiti, Kenya, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda. The impact was felt all over the world!

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With guest appearances by various Disney characters, Elvis and even Santa, 143 honored guests (93 men and 43 women) and 400+ friends, family and volunteers make A Night To Shine was an unforgettable experience in Falkville. This event was a combination of spectacle and celebration as well as a touching testament to the uniqueness of people with special needs.

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Massive cheers along the red carpet coupled with limousine arrivals and camera flashes made this gathering even more special. With hair styling booths, facial makeup centers, and shoe shine stations, plus a dance floor where every attendee was crowned as a king and queen, Night to Shine was an indisputable success.

This mega-event ran from 5 to 9 pm ending with the Grand Finale crowning ceremony.

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We spoke with Fairview: The Grace Place Pastor Milan Dekich early on in the event. He summarized the impact of the event perfectly:

“As a church, we are always seeking to be of service to those around us, particularly those that often go unnoticed. A Night to Shine fits perfectly into our mission as a church. We get to encourage and lift up people with special needs. It gives us a chance to show God’s love to our entire community in very a physical way.”

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Danielle Hayes along with Kelly McAnally oversaw planning for A Night to Shine. These two women directed a diverse team of around 250 volunteers who served in some capacities: caterers, chaperones for attendees, DJ’s, decorators, hair/makeup stylists, paparazzi, greeters, shoe shiners, standby emergency medical personnel and more. Hayes said they had no challenges in finding the volunteers; everyone wanted to be apart of Night to Shine.

Event coordinator Hayes explains some of the fine points surrounding Night To Shine in this interview:

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Night to Shine was an exclusive invitation-only event for people with special needs. Fairview: The Grace Place sent out 400 invitations to group homes, schools and organizations in Morgan and Cullman counties.

Attendance more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.

Fairview: The Grace Place is located at 4154 Huckaby Bridge Road in Falkville. 256-784-5642.

The Tim Tebow Foundation is committed to celebrating people with special needs and the Night To Shine is one of the public centerpieces of that effort.

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Tim Tebow Foundation Night To Shine 2018 In Falkville

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Timothy Collins

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.

Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com.