Night to Shine Prom in Daytona BeachBy Belinda Hoyt
On February 12, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach was the setting for the Night to Shine prom sponsored by The Tim Tebow Foundation, in collaboration with Christ Presbyterian Church of Ormond Beach, and several community organizations. Night to Shine is a free special prom event to provide an unforgettable prom night experience for many high school students and others with special needs that may never have attended a prom.
The evening began with a walk down the red carpet for each and every prom attendee. The Embry –Riddle mascot and cheer leaders, along with paparazzi made them each feel like a VIP. All received a corsage or boutonniere.
The females were given tiaras, and the males had crowns; every attendee was either a queen or king of this prom. There were hair and make-up stations, a shoe shining area, great refreshments, a DJ with a dance floor, and a separate karaoke area.
A limo was provided to give them all a ride around the Embry-Riddle campus. Lots of pictures were taken while sitting on a throne or another artistic background. Everyone in attendance was dressed in prom attire. Earlier in the week, Christ Presbyterian Church provided the opportunity for those ladies needing evening gowns, and men in need of suites or tuxes, to come by the church to select these items from donations made by members.
It was evident from the smiles and laughter that this event meant a lot to many of those attending. Members of the church were involved throughout the evening with every activity, as well as providing assistance to individuals as needed.
Tim Tebow was not able to attend the Night to Shine event in Daytona Beach. Many other churches in cities throughout Florida also participated in making it a special night in their communities, too. Through a video message to both prom attendees, and church members, Tebow thanked everyone for attending, and making this a night special for everyone.
Everyone's a king or queen.