Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” Comes to Bethesda

A prom night experience for people with developmental disabilities

Bethesda recently announced it will serve as one of the more than 100 locations around the world hosting Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

Held on Bethesda’s campus, Faith Lutheran Church and School and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Watertown are teaming up for Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 16 and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place next year in 41 states across the nation and seven countries around the world, and the numbers continue to grow.

Every guest attending Night to Shine will enter their prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and of course, dancing. The highlight of the night will come when every one of the Night to Shine guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

“This is going to be a truly remarkable night,” said Mike Thirtle, President and CEO of Bethesda. “We are extremely grateful to be partnering with great organizations and community supporters to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services and events like this.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with a detailed instruction manual, a Prom Kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, financial support and individualized staff guidance.

During Night to Shine 2015, 44 hosts churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor the more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year, the host churches are expected to see more than 20,000 people with special needs at prom all at one time around the world.

For more information on this worldwide movement and to support the continued growth of Night to Shine with a donation, visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/.

For additional information on the Night to Shine event in Watertown, to register for the event or to volunteer, visit http://bethesdalutherancommunities.org/NightToShine.



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