LIMA — It was a night to shine for dozens of special needs people from the region.
The Night to Shine is a nationwide prom, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Locally, Lima First Assembly of God held the prom Friday night.
“The Tebow Foundation started this four years ago and we were actually one of the original 44 churches to be accepted. Now this thing has blown up and ballooned I think over 200 churches worldwide,” said Cam Staley, event organizer.
Actually the Tebow Foundation boasts that this event is going on in 540 churches in 50 states and 16 countries, hosting 90,000 guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.
Staley said that 151 special needs people signed up to be a part of the Lima event, coming from Toledo to Greenville.
“We have a real heart for kids with special needs in the community and their families, and we think they need highlighted. We want to give them some opportunities that maybe they don’t typically get in a normal situation or at a normal prom. This one’s all about them and we just hope we can provide a great event, a lot of energy and enthusiasm for these kids and just enjoy the evening,” he said.
Volunteers have been a big part of making this event a success.
“We have a ton of partnerships with different people in the community through donations of food, our decorating team. We had 200 volunteers from the community and church that are here tonight. We have 110 Ohio Northern students, we have 20 Rhodes State students here and we have a lot of youth from our church also here, everybody to serve,” he said.
Each couple were welcomed as they walked the red carpet when they entered the church, transformed into a dance venue. Dozens of enthusiastic volunteers cheered them on and helped make this night a special one.
“Our mission here at Lima First has always been to reach up to God number one but then to reach out to the community and that’s what this is designed to do, it’s to be the hands and feet of Jesus and reach out to the community and fill a need. We think there’s a need for this in the community and we want to continue to fill that need as long as we can,” Staley added.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.