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‘Night to Shine’ going virtual this year, registration ends soon

January 9, 2021 | 12:08 am

Updated January 8, 2021 | 10:44 pm

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Life Community Church is preparing to host its fifth annual Night to Shine event on Feb. 12. This event, which is sponsored annually by the Tim Tebow Foundation, will be a virtual experience and quite different from previous years.

Life Community Church is one of more than 700 churches around the world that hosts Night to Shine — a prom night experience that is focused on God’s love and is held for people with special needs that are over the age of 14. 

“We are committed to providing our Owensboro community an opportunity to celebrate and show God’s love to individuals with special needs,” said local media contact Kerri Booker. 

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Because of the pandemic, this year’s event did not have the waiting list like in previous years. So, the organization is working with Wendell Foster — which has sponsored the Owensboro event each year — to offer the 63 residents living in the intermediate care facility the opportunity to participate.

“All guests will receive a gift box full of items to help them celebrate the night of the virtual event,” Booker said. “From their tiara or crown, to photo props, devotional books for caregivers, photo memory books and more, our community has helped Life Community Church ensure this will be another unforgettable night for so many.”

Interested participants are asked to register for the event before Tuesday in order to receive information about the upcoming event and to ensure each person receives a gift box. 

Booker said they also encourage participants to choose an outfit that “makes them feel amazing,” to plan the celebratory dinner, and to decorate the room where they will watch the Night to Shine virtual experience.

“Hang streamers and balloons or string up some twinkle lights,” she said.

The experience will be celebrated through a pre-recorded Night to Shine video that includes surprise guests, singing, dancing, and a crowning ceremony that can be streamed any time after 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. 

Booker requests that participants and family members take pictures throughout the night — even if they create their own red carpet to walk, which is normally a main part of the night’s excitement.

Registration for Night to Shine is completed through the Night to Shine Owensboro Facebook Facebook Page. Night to Shine gift boxes will be delivered to participants’ homes by Feb. 9. 

January 9, 2021 | 12:08 am

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