Night to Fly and Shine

No matter the age — 16 to 76 — the kings and queens at Night to Shine love to sing and dance.

Night to Shine is an annual prom-like experience for folks with special needs that has been hosted by Redemption Christian Church for four years. The Tim Tebow Foundation started the event five years ago and Tebow makes appearances at random hosting sites around the country on the night of the events.

At Redemption, 100s of volunteers create a special event for the nearly 200 attendees. Local stylists set up stations early in the day to style hair, apply makeup and paint nails.

After getting dolled up, the excited guests are matched with volunteer buddies/chaperones who stay with them through the evening.

When the prom opens, each guest is given a limo ride to make an entrance through a waiting line of 100s of fans and paparazzi. They sashay down the aisle waving and giving high-fives to the music of clicking cameras and cheering.

After finishing a catered dinner, each attendee walks onto a lighted stage to a cheering crowd to be presented with a crown or tiara before being escorted onto the dance floor for a night of boogying.

Joe Nowacki (left) and Chuck Puente rock out to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” during Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Lissa Billings waved at the crowd as she walked the red carpet into the Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Lissa has attended all four proms that have been hosted by the Jasper church. Photo by Amy Crane
Charmian Klem applies eye liner to Makayla Ballou, 17, of Birdseye, in preparation for Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Makayla said she was excited to go dancing this evening. This is the fourth year the church has hosted the event sponsored through the Tim Tebow Foundation. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Josh Welp and his buddy walk the red carpet entry to Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Photo by Amy Crane.
Adam Stilwell, Tell City, danced during Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Steve Pierrard entered Redemption Christian Church to a line of high fives for the Night to Shine Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Joe Nowacki danced during Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Ali Bromm, 16, Huntingburg, reacted to seeing her hairstyle prior to Night to Shine Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
John Schneider and Marlene Vazquez, 16, Huntingburg, walked into a line cheers and cameras at Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Photo by Amy Crane.
Sara Gayle Woolston, Taswell, cheered to the music during Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
Tristen Miller, 20, of Huntingburg, entered Night to Shine at Redemption Christian Church Friday evening. Night to Shine is a special prom-like experience for people with special needs. Photo by Matthew Crane.
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