Friday, Feb. 8, will be a special evening for thousands of special needs individuals across the globe as A Night to Shine celebrates its fifth year. In Ardmore, the event will again take place at Ardmore Convention Center and is expected to host almost 200 honored guests.
Taylor High, a board member of the local chapter, described the evening.
“A Night to Shine is a prom night experience hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation for individuals with special needs,” High said. “We celebrate on Feb. 8, 2019, and over 650 churches from around the word will all celebrate on this one night.”
High said the Ardmore event, with area sponsor First Baptist Church of Ardmore, has taken place since 2017 and that it has grown every year. So far, around 170 guests have signed up to be in attendance and a team of around 325 volunteers will be there to ensure everything is perfect.
High has been at both previous events. In 2017 a friend suggested she participate as a volunteer, but as soon as it was over she knew she wanted to play a larger role.
“That night, after it was over, I told her I don’t know in what capacity I can work with you next year, but I want to be a part of this,” High said. “Since then it’s just become a part of my life.”
While the event doesn’t need any more volunteers, community members who would like to be of assistance can make a $25 donation to help ensure everyone gets a crown or tiara.
“We provide crowns and tiaras for everyone who attends, and we’re really trying to reach out to community members to see if they would like to sponsor a king and a queen,” High said. “Each $25 donation will provide one crown and one tiara.”
More information about the event and how to make a donation can be found at http://fbcardmore.org/nighttoshine/. High said there is also still space available for a few more honored guests and people can sign up to attend at the same website.
“It takes a village to build this event and we’re so thankful for our sponsors and the individuals within the community who have really rallied together to help keep this going,” High said.