Night to Shine is a super-fun prom night for people with special needs, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and happening simultaneously around the world in more than 720 host churches across all 50 states, 34 countries, and 36 different denominations! This year, I got to attend! In spite of an ongoing snow storm, the church in south Denver was packed with volunteers and guests, and I was paired up with a beautiful, kind, and interesting young woman as my date for the evening. We were “dressed to the nines,” and we walked the red carpet to thunderous applause, had dinner and then danced to fun music, and even went on a limo-ride with several other couples! At the end of the evening, all of us special guests were crowned as royalty.
I loved this event and have learned more about important causes being supported by football star, Tim Tebow, and his foundation. These include helping with international adoption of special-needs children, providing orphan care, building playrooms in hospitals, and providing special-wish-experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses. Tim Tebow spent his early years in the Philippines as the son of missionaries; there, he learned formative lessons about helping others in need.
His motto is: “bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hours.” Thank you, Team Tebow!
This motto expresses the heart of several events I’ve been part of during these past few months:
* Singing the glorious Brahms Requiem with my choir, Cantabile Singers…* Giving my autism presentation at Rodef Shalom in Denver, for their annual Disability Awareness and Inclusion month…* Emceeing the “Grapes for Good” Gala for ASBC (Autism Society Boulder County)…* Singing for a dear friend’s 70th birthday party – she supports many worthy causes and is an active volunteer…