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The stars come out during Tim Tebow's Night to Shine

Every single attendee of Night to Shine was treated like a king or queen as a number of clients from the Holmes County Training Center joined other clients from Tuscarawas and Guernsey counties for a fun night of prom excitement.


Tim Tebow’s star has shone brightly on the gridiron of college football and the National Football League. He has mashed monster home runs for the New York Mets minor league affiliates and has let his faith-based personality blossom as a football analyst.
Recently Tebow’s light glowed with brilliance once again, and now he has countless new fans. Night to Shine, a prom night designed to give people with special needs their night of glamour and joy, took place in Amish Country on Feb. 9, and it was an opportunity for clients of the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities to get their time in the spotlight, to gather under the glimmering lights, to get all dressed up and dance the night away with friends and family.
The doors to Night to Shine opened at 6 p.m., and more than 300 guests poured into NewPointe Church in Millersburg for the event that Tebow created because he wanted to show his love for everyone.
Night to Shine was an idea Tebow developed to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance for all. He came up with the event as part of the Tim Tebow Foundation, and the prom was built for people with special needs. It quickly developed a massive following with tons of support. This past month 537 churches from all over the world came together in their respective communities to shine for approximately 90,000 guests of honor, thanks to the support of 175,000 volunteers.
For the close to 300 people who showed up to celebrate the evening at NewPointe, it was a gala that was joyful and boisterous, and the entire evening proved to be one incredible night.
“It was amazing, what a special night,” said Miriam Miller, community connector for Holmes County DD. “This event has taken off, and it was such a huge blessing to see everyone having such a great time.”
Miriam Miller said most of those who attended were from Holmes and Tuscarawas counties, although several from Guernsey County also attended.
As for the purpose behind the event, Tebow’s story of faith is well documented. At the age of 15 he visited a remote village that had never seen visitors. There he met a boy named Sherwin, whom he said would impact his life more than anyone he had ever met. Sherwin was born with his feet on backward and was viewed as “cursed” in his village. Tebow didn’t see it that way at all. He quickly developed a bond with Sherwin, and when the people saw him hold Sherwin, they realized the good news of Jesus Christ applies to everyone.
Tebow said it was at that moment that his passion to help others was planted in his heart. In 2010 he created the Tim Tebow Foundation with a mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.
According to Tebow, the Christian faith is about loving Jesus and loving people, whether it is spending a weekend encouraging a child with a life-threatening illness, helping a family adopt an international child with special needs or enjoying the thrill of crowning kings and queens of the prom.
Miriam Miller said she was a huge fan of Tebow's before, but since she has experienced Night to Shine, that respect has grown greater.
“Tim Tebow has done so much for so many people,” Miriam Miller said of Tebow. “His heart is really big, and his love for others has definitely made an impact on many people.”
Based on the joy, laughter and love surrounding NewPointe, Night to Shine accomplished everything it was designed to do.
Every guest received a tiara, took a ride in a limo, walked the red carpet into the auditorium, enjoyed the food and packed into the dance floor for a night of celebration. Tebow even provided a taped speech, promoting the message that everyone in attendance was special and deserved to be recognized.
If the responses from those in attendance were any indication, Tebow’s effort to create something unique and special through the Night to Shine Prom was an absolute home run.
“I liked that they had six different activities to choose from (limo rides, karaoke, makeup, dancing, photo booth and red carpet), something for everyone, so much joy and smiles from all the participants,” said Pam Miller, who served as a buddy volunteer.
“Night to Shine has kept on shining,” buddy volunteer Andy Wing said. “I enjoyed volunteering, and being a buddy was great. The neat thing about this night is you do not need a title to make a difference. Just be willing to watch out. The fun will keep coming.”
“My favorite part was the dancing and the party bus," attendee Jon Miller said. “The food was good. It was fun to meet new people. It was awesome of Tim Tebow to do this for us.”
Others described the night as uplifting, heartwarming, a celebration of care and priceless. The consensus was that Night to Shine was a monumental celebration and that the participants can’t wait until the opportunity rolls around again.
Miriam Miller said the stories she has heard from the event are heartwarming. She noted that bus driver Dave Crilow volunteered to be the buddy for Mike Grassbaugh for the event. She said Crilow was blown away by the love and joy the event presented. She also said she took a ton of photos at the event, and on the Monday following the night, they gathered staff and clients at the HCTC and relived the event through pictures.
“They were enthralled by the photos,” Miriam Miller said. "It just brought back everything about the night, and they were already talking about next year.”
She said they hope to plan ahead next year and create a shopping trip to Save & Serve Thrift Store so clients can go shopping for outfits for the event.
“It’s a wonderful community event, and I honestly think everyone should attend at least once just to experience the love and joy that takes place,” Miriam Miller said. “We really appreciate NewPointe allowing us to have Night to Shine on their campus. We enjoy connecting with our community and with something like this. It makes everyone feel very special.”

Published: March 9, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180309952