BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Crossroads Christian Fellowship held the "Night to Shine" prom tonight for those with special needs. The event, which is held at nearly 500 churches around the world is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Simultaneously on Friday, February 8, all of the churches participating hold an unforgettable prom night experience for those ages 14 years and older. Every guest of the prom enters the event through a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi.
Guests then receive royal treatment including hair and makeup, shoe shining, limo rides, a catered dinner, karaoke and more.
This is the second year that the prom was held at Crossroads Christian Fellowship and Event Coordinator Brian Conlee said that they spent over 8 months gathering partners and gearing up for the event. Conlee said that the thing he looks forward to most about the event is seeing how happy the guests are.
" Just seeing their faces, you can see them light up and you can see the joy," Conlee said. "At the end of the night they're all crowned king or queen and you can just tell it means the world to them, which is why we do it."
Night to Shine launched in 2015 with 44 host churches and over 7,000 guests at the prom. That number jumped in 2018 where over 90,000 guests were honored across 537 churches.