It’s beginning to look like Prom Season at Genesis Church, as they prepare to host the 2nd annual “Night to Shine,” sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
The Genesis Church announced its selection to host the upcoming nationwide Night to Shine prom for people with special needs. Genesis Church is one of the Night to Shine’s inaugural sites.
According to the Tim Tebow Foundation website, Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 16 and older. This event will happen in different cities across the country simultaneously on February 12 from 6-9 p.m.
Celebrating Night to Shine with not only dinner and dancing guests at Genesis Church will receive VIP treatment including flowers, hair and makeup, professional photography, Chick Fil A catering, games, limo rides and more.
While preparing for Night to Shine, the Genesis Church asked for donations of gently used prom wear to give away at what it calls a “Prom Shop,” which they hosted on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Creative Director at Genesis Church, Alex Workman, explained why there was a need to host prom shop.
“We wanted to make sure there isn’t a barrier for guest to be able to go, so if guest can’t afford something to wear they have the opportunity to come and shop here,” Workman said.
As for the prom itself, Workman said they expect a huge number of guest, as well as their parents.
“We have a goal of about 200 guest and at the same time were hosting a date night for the parents. We want to holistically care for the whole family,” said Workman.
Hilary Gill, a member of Genesis Church and mother to Charley Gill, a special needs child, said that words can’t describe Night to Shine.
“I guess words just can’t describe it really, because you’re so limited when you have a special needs child, you’re limited on where you can go, activities you can get into and even the acceptance level is different. For them to be able to come and enjoy themselves, be themselves and just be embraced with so much love and joy it just makes a mama’s heart proud,” Gill said.
Hilary also mentioned that she believes what the Tim Tebow Foundation partnered with Genesis Church is doing is wonderful and that it’s a great effort that the special needs community needs.
Night to Shine is a free event to those of the special needs community ages 16 and older as well as to those interested in helping give them a very special night. The Genesis Church is currently still registering guest and are assembling teams of volunteers to assist in hosting these special guests.
For more information on how you can be a part of Night to Shine or volunteer to help create this special night, visit www.genesischurch.tv/prom/