YOUR NEWS: ‘Night to Shine’ prom night for people with disabilities coming to Centennial


‘Night to Shine’ is presented by Bethesda Lutheran Communities and sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

CENTENNIAL | More than 600 guests, community volunteers and donors are expected to gather Feb. 10 for Night to Shine, a prom night for people ages 14 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7691 S. University Blvd., in Centennial.

Now in its third year, Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and takes place simultaneously at more than 350 locations around the world. The foundation provides hosts with a financial grant and a Night to Shine prom kit to underwrite the cost of the event.

This is the first year Bethesda’s Colorado location is participating. Last year, 120 prom-goers attended at Bethesda’s Watertown, Wisconsin location. Each participant is paired with a volunteer buddy.

“We’re so grateful to Shepherd of the Hills for offering up their space to allow us to provide a fantastic prom experience in Colorado,” Bethesda President and CEO Mike Thirtle said in a statement. “To see the community rally around this event and the outpouring of support is truly remarkable.”

Every Night to Shine guest enters the complimentary event on a red carpet to a warm welcome from friends. Once inside the prom, guests receive the “royal treatment,” including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke — all the customary prom activities. Each honored guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

To register as a guest or volunteer, or for more information, visit www.BethesdaLutheranCommunities.org/NightToShine or call Kathy at 303-795-2061 ext 510.