Tim Tebow Foundation picks First Baptist Salisbury for “Night To Shine” prom

Posted: Nov 01, 2015 1:42 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 01, 2015 2:10 PM EST

By David Whisenant

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The foundation headed by former college and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has selected First Baptist Church of Salisbury to host “A Night to Shine” prom for special needs individuals.

“I’m just really excited because it’s going to be bringing what we are already doing out to the community,” said Mary Ann Cody of the Access Ministry at First Baptist.  “It’s going to really raise awareness about what we offer and about our passion for people with special needs.”

A Night to Shine will be held in more than 100 churches around the world simultaneously on Friday, February 12, 2016.  In Salisbury the event will be held at the First Ministry Center on N. Fulton Street.

Night to Shine is described by the Tim Tebow Foundation as “an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 16 and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place next year in 41 states across the nation and 7 countries around the world.”

Though not planned, Tebow himself could make an appearance in Salisbury.  The former quarterback and football announcer typically makes surprise visits to Night to Shine events.

Cody says she was thrilled when she learned that First Baptist had been selected.

“It was a very quiet, humbling moment, one of those things where I knew God was involved,” Cody added.  “It was completely unexpected and it kind of came out of nowhere and it was just one of those things ‘okay Lord, you’ve got it, let’s go,'”

“The ministry is definitely not limited to our church,” Cody added.  “It’s definitely a community outreach event and so we would definitely reach out to have volunteers from outside of our church.”

Every guest of Night to Shine will enter their prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming friendly paparazzi. Once inside guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and dancing. The highlight of the night will come when every one of the Night to shine guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

“We are honored to be able to work with so many churches across the county and around the world to impact the lives of people with special needs,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “After such an amazing response to the inaugural event held in 44 locations earlier this year, our prayer is that this event will one day change the face of Valentine’s Day weekend from simply a celebration of love, to a celebration of God’s love for people with special needs.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with a detailed instruction manual, a Prom Kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, financial support and individualized staff guidance.

During Night to Shine 2015, 44 hosts churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor the more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year, the host churches are expected to see more than 20,000 people with special needs at prom all at one time around the world.

First Baptist actually held its own prom for those with special needs last year and has an active ministry in that area.  Cody says it’s been a very rewarding experience for all involved.

“Relationships with our friends, one on one relationships with the friends and just walking day in day out, just doing life with them,” Cody said. “I’m equally blessed and I hope I’m a blessing to them.”

For more information on this worldwide movement and to support the continued growth of Night to Shine with a donation, visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/

For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by First Baptist Church of Salisbury visit fbcsalisbury.org.

Southminster Presbyterian Church in Gastonia will also host a Night to Shine.

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