On Friday, February 10, 2017, 49 Bishop Donahue students and 6 faculty members had the privilege of joining other volunteers to participate in the amazing prom experience for honored guests with special needs. Night to Shine is funded by the Tim Tebow Foundation in conjunction with 375 host churches in 50 states and 11 countries. This special night saw 150,000 volunteers ministering to 75,000 guests world wide. We were fortunate to be invited to participate by Kristi Crawford and Rev. Dr. Steve Mentzer of the Bowman United Methodist Church in Glen Easton.
Night to Shine was a night for churches to shine, volunteers to shine, honored guests to shine and most importantly, for God to shine! Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night adventure centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 16 and older.
The evening began with a walk on the red carpet with cheering people and lots of paparazzi! Once inside, guests received the royal treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room, and, of course, dancing! The highlight of the evening came when each guest was crowned as a king or queen of the prom.
Bishop Donahue students and faculty are greeted on arrival each day with the words Enter to Learn Christ….Exit to Serve Christ. We also hear many times over that “Every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect simply because each is created in the Image and Likeness of God.” What a beautiful opportunity we had to live out both.