Bethesda to Again Support Night to Shine in 2018

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Posted on: December 22, 2017 Posted by: Andy Turner

Bethesda Lutheran Communities, in cooperation with two local congregations, will support an unforgettable prom night Feb. 9 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 14 and up during the annual Night to Shine.

Guests will walk the red carpet, enjoy the royal treatment and dance the night away.

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine will be hosted by Crosspoint Community Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with the event from 7 to 10 p.m. at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc, Wis. Additionally, Night to Shine will be hosted by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colo., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Night to Shine is held in all 50 states and 15 countries around the world on the same day, involving more than 500 churches.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests experience hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, catered food, karaoke, prom favors for each honored guest, a respite room for parents and caretakers, and, of course, a dance floor – all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

“Night to Shine is an incredible experience, one that the people we support will truly never forget,” said Mike Thirtle, president and CEO of Bethesda. “We’re excited to work with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a fellow Christian organization, to make this possible for people with disabilities.”

When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This past February, 375 host churches and 150,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 75,000 honored guests with special needs.

We continue to be amazed by how God has grown this event into a worldwide movement, celebrating people with special needs,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “Though the statistics are incredible, this is not about the numbers. Above everything else, our goal is to share God’s love with people with special needs while giving Him all the glory.” To register, volunteer or donate, visit

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

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