By CHRIS LADD
It was a special night that many wont soon forget as Northfield Church in Gallatin hosted Night to Shine on Friday.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom experience held simultaneously on one night around the world apart of the Tim Tebow Foundation.
According to event coordinator Lisa Coons, there was 87 honored guests, over a hundred young adults who served as buddies/dates for the honored guests, and approximately two hundred family members who were pampered and who enjoyed their children’s experience. Over four hundred volunteers worked to set up, do hair/make up, provide limo rides, serve dinner, set up a karaoke experience, a red carpet entrance, develop a safe and fun dancing experience, ensure medical support was available, and create a special parent/caregiver hospitality room. (over 800 participants in total)
Before the big night, the special guests were invited to come and try on and pick out what they wanted to wear such as tuxedos, dresses, shoes, and jewelry that was all donated. The night of the event, they did the make-up, hair, and did professional photos for free. Then they put the photos in two frames for them as gifts and gave them a bag filled with stuff.
Amanda Evans, chaperoned her sister Amber for the big night and said the event was amazing.
“They provided everything for these kids to have a great time,” Evans said. “They all got to ride in a limo after dinner to the red carpet, all got crowned king and queen was a tear jerker.”
Country superstar Thomas Rhett made a surprise appearance at the event and performed some of his hits for the prom goers. One kid hopped on stage and stole the show as he took the microphone from the hands of Rhett. Someone then gave Rhett another microphone and they sang together.
“It was such an amazing thing for the foundation to do to make them all feel so special,” Evans added. “Much thanks to all of the buddies who volunteered and was there prom date. They were with them the entire night and it was so sweet.”
Chassity and Chase Bruce took their son Diamond to the event and agreed with Evans.
“It was awesome, truly nothing like seeing the pure joy on all of their faces,” Chassity Bruce said.
This was the first time that Northfield hosted the event as they were chosen by the Tim Tebow Foundation. According to www.timtebowfoundation.org a Night To Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On One night, February 9, more than 540 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.
Coons says this is a night that she will never forget as the church came together for an awesome experience.
“NorthField’s Night to Shine brought me to tears and provided me with memories I will never forgot,” Coons added. “I saw the best we have to offer- young adults truly serving our honored guests, joy and light in each guest’s face, tears of joy in parents’ eyes. Through the night, I was often speechless. It is humbling to know that our church collaboratively created such an amazing experience for everyone that Night to Shine touched.”