2018-02-15 / Living

Special Needs ‘Night to Shine’ proms held locally and across the world


Michael Newbold shows obvious excitement as he poses for the’ paparazzi’ on the red carpet. 
Photos provided Michael Newbold shows obvious excitement as he poses for the’ paparazzi’ on the red carpet. Photos provided GRAND BLANC — New Life Christian Fellowship recently served as one of more than 500 churches around the world who simultaneously hosted Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, on Feb. 9.

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Coordinator Sara Kreger said, “Our event was a success! The snow couldn’t stop us. We had about 160 guests and 245 volunteers from all around the community show up, despite the snow.”

“Our honored guests with special needs loved the red carpet and posing for photos. They were amazed that we would do all of this just for them - the pampering with hair, makeup, nails and shoe shines, the decorations, the limo rides, the food, the dance, the karaoke - most exciting of all, they were all crowned king and queen of the prom!” Kreger added.


Pastor Bob and Beverly Roberts, celebrate the crowning of Christopher Lemke, who with his peers, were all crowed as royalty at the event. Pastor Bob and Beverly Roberts, celebrate the crowning of Christopher Lemke, who with his peers, were all crowed as royalty at the event. Honored guest Amy sat watching with tears of joy as each guest was crowned. When it was almost her turn she said “I just can’t believe I get to be a queen, I’m so excited!”.

Honored guest Lindsey said, “Night to Shine has been the best night ever!”

Organizers paired each honored guest with a volunteer buddy so parents and caregivers could enjoy a much-deserved break. They received encouragement from New Life Christian Fellowship Pastor Bob Roberts, their own catered meal and entertainment. Most of all, they left beaming with pride and gratitude as organizers brought honor and attention to their sons and daughters.


Hair stylist Carrie Crump works beauty magic for a very happy Chloe Haggerty Hair stylist Carrie Crump works beauty magic for a very happy Chloe Haggerty Parent Ginger Pringle said, “This kind of attention and focus on our community of people with special needs just doesn’t happen on this level. … (We) parents were left in awe that Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation, New Life, and all the volunteers would do this. As parents, we wonder if our kids will ever get some of the opportunities we enjoyed. This night far exceeded what we could have ever expected. They helped bring dignity and honor to our kids who are so often overlooked.”

“Night to Shine is my favorite night of the year,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “It’s also a favorite night for thousands and thousands of kings and queens all over the world that we crowned at the end of this prom. Every town, every village, every state, and every country needs to host a Night to Shine for their special needs community. It’s a time in which people can work together and be a part of something significant and life-changing – and be blessed in the process. It’s about being a part of one team, God’s team.


Volunteer Elisabeth Bulliner walks the red carpet with her sister Abby Bulliner to the applause of the crowd. Volunteer Elisabeth Bulliner walks the red carpet with her sister Abby Bulliner to the applause of the crowd. As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with the official 2018 Night to Shine Planning Manual, the official Night to Shine Prom Kit, complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member. The foundation also has committed more than $3.5 million in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This past February, 375 host churches and 150,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 75,000 honored guests with special needs. Churches are signing up every day for Night to Shine 2018 and the event is expected to take place in over 500 locations in all 50 states and on 6 continents this coming February.


Alliyah McClelland is escorted by Volunteer buddy Melissa Ridley and Alliyah’s mother Chasity Dickinson. Alliyah McClelland is escorted by Volunteer buddy Melissa Ridley and Alliyah’s mother Chasity Dickinson. More photos for the Grand Blanc event at www.facebook.com/NewLifeGrandBlanc/

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