Night to Shine event to return; will be virtual

Friday, October 30, 2020

SIKESTON ó For the fourth-straight year, Sikeston First Assembly of God will serve as host of a Night to Shine Event, but this year it will be virtual experience.

Night to Shine 2021, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is a prom night experience, centered on Godís love, celebrating people with special needs. The prom will be held by host churches around the world simultaneously on Feb. 12, 2021 through a unique online event.

Due to the global circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the safety of every honored guest with special needs as a top priority, Night to Shine 2021 will be a virtual experience. The unique virtual event will be complete with all of the treasured prom elements, such as every guest will get to enjoy music, dancing, prom favors, messages from special guests, all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

ďThe reason Night to Shine is so special to me is because all the boys, all of the girls, that the rest of the world has forgotten, that so many times we havenít clapped for, we havenít cheered for, we havenít loved. This is the night where we get to bring them together and say, Ďyou matter, we love you and we are throwing this awesome party because thatís how special you are.í This is why we knew we couldnít cancel Night to Shine 2021. Our heart is always to love and encourage and itís never to put anyone at risk and that is why we are confident in our decision to celebrate Night to Shine 2021 as a fully virtual experience,Ē said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with infrastructure and support necessary to execute the virtual event with excellence, including the official 2021 Night to Shine virtual guidebook, personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member and access to the Night to Shine virtual experience.

In addition to supporting the special event, the foundation also offers ongoing special needs ministry resources through Shine On to assist churches in beginning or enhancing special needs ministry at their church, providing more opportunities for the honored guests to be loved, served and celebrated year-round. The foundation has budgeted nearly $2.75 million annually in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event across the United States and internationally.

Heading into its seventh year, Night to Shine continues to experience incredible growth. The event launched in 2015 with 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers honoring more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This past February, 721 host churches and 215,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 110,000 honored guests with special needs. In 2021, the Tim Tebow Foundation looks forward to growing the ministry of Night to Shine around the globe and serving even more people with special needs through this exclusive virtual experience in February.

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by First Assembly of God in Sikeston, MO, including how you can register to participate, visit www.semoshine.com

For more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit: www.timtebowfoundation.org.

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