What is Night to Shine?

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. On one night, February 7, 2020, 655 churches, from around the world, will host Night to Shine for 100,000 honored guests with the support of 200,000 volunteers!

Why Night to Shine?

It’s more than just one night.

  • impact

    Night to Shine celebrates the uniqueness of each individual guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved!

    “When I was at one of the proms last year, a beautifully dressed queen of the prom was hugging me when the girl’s mom leaned over and whispered with tears in her eyes, ‘My daughter will never get married and she will never have children, but tonight you made her feel like a princess!’”

    – Tim Tebow

  • sharing god's love

    Night to Shine shares the joy that is found in God’s love for each and every person.

    “From the moments the guests of honor reached the parking lot, to the smiles on their faces as they were greeted and walked down the red carpet, it was obvious that the joy of the Lord was in each of their hearts.”

    – Les Hill, Volunteer Vertical Church Bladen

  • on going love and support

    Following Night to Shine, we have been encouraged to see countless churches develop continued programs for people with special needs.

    Through Night to Shine, we hope people with special needs realize that their church can be a place where they are loved and feel welcomed.

volunteer registration

Welcome and thank you for helping VERTICAL CHURCH provide an unforgettable night full of Faith, Hope and Love for our friends with special needs. We are thankful to the Tim Tebow Foundation for giving us the opportunity to participate in this nationwide event.

To volunteer for Night to Shine 2020, complete the form below. Please note that all volunteers are required to have a recent background check. If under 18, in lieu of a background check, a Minor Waiver Form signed by a parent will be required.

This year all volunteers are required to attend one training session. At the training session you’ll learn specifics about your role during the prom, safety and general information as well as fill out your background check form.

Training is a mandatory part of the volunteer process for all roles. Unfortunately, if you cannot attend one of the sessions below you will be ineligible to volunteer.

Training sessions will be held at:

Saturday, Jan 11th

Vertical Church Lumberton
4330b Kahn Dr
Lumberton, NC

Saturday, Jan 25th


Vertical Church Bladen

2603 W Broad St

Elizabethtown, NC

$30 could help send an honored guest to night to shine

Night to Shine is complimentary to all guest, and in order to make that happen we have lots of people who help sponsor a participant. If you or someone you know would like to be a sponsor, please use the donation tab and enter your donation amount under Night to Shine. Your gift will help make this red-carpet dream come true for special needs people in and around our community. Thank you.

guest Registration

Thank you for wanting to join us for our 2020 Night to Shine. We are Thrilled to host #NightToShine, a special needs prom sponsored by @TebowFoundation. As of Wednesday, Jan 15, we have a waiting list for NTS. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the event location is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list. Please register below and a team member will be in touch.  

Register Here

Check out the worldwide movement www.timtebowfoundation.org!

Night to Shine 2020 Parents FAQ:

What is Night To Shine:

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people

with special needs, ages 14 and older. Vertical Church in Elizabethtown, NC will serve as one

of the more than 700 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine simultaneously on

Friday, February 7, 2020.  

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, shoeshine stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and of course,

dancing! The highlight of the night will come when every one of the Night to Shine guests is

crowned king or queen of the prom.

Who Can Attend Night to Shine:

Any person with a physical, cognitive, or developmental disability who is age 14 and up.

When is Night to Shine:

When: Friday February 7, 2020

Time: 5 pm to 9:pm

Location: The Venue at Regal Resort, White Lake, NC

Address: 1564 White Lake Drive White Lake, NC 28337

What is the Dress Code for Night to Shine:

Guests and parents are encouraged to dress up to their desired level of comfortability. It

is a prom event and formal attire is largely represented and encouraged. Ladies will be

in formal dresses and men will be in tuxedos. We do want everyone to enjoy themselves

and for some that may mean a more casual style. Make your style represent you so you

can have wonderful night.

What can a Guest Expect to Experience:

Upon arrival each guest and/or parent will be checked in and registered. Once registered you

will be introduced to a Buddy. The Buddy will be your personal escort for the event. Every

guest of Night to Shine enters the event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a

friendly crowd and paparazzi. Guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup

touch-up stations, shoeshine stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke

room, catered dinner, prom favors for each honored guest, a Respite Room for parents and

caregivers and, of course, dancing! Each honored guest receives a crown or tiara because

YOU are all kings and queens!

What is a Buddy:

A Buddy is a volunteer who will be with a guest helping them party the night away.

Responsibilities include accompanying and assisting assigned guest throughout the evening,

providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event, sitting with their

guest during dinner and engaging with them in conversation.

How do I Register:

All guest and parents that will be attending Night to Shine as a Guest, Buddy, Volunteer, or

attending the Parent Night Out Dinner, must register. Please visit www.govertical.org or

www.govertical.org/night-to-shine for registration.

Is there a cost to attend Night to Shine:

Night to Shine is free for all guest and parents.

What are options for Parents during Night to Shine:

We would like to celebrate parents and caretakers as well during this event. As a parent

or caretaker, you have the following options.

1. After registering your child, you may leave the event. Your child will be taken

care of by our volunteers and personal buddies. You may return at 9 pm and pick

up your child in the registration tent.

2. You may attend our Parents Night Out Dinner in out Respite Room. A dinner with

music and entertainment will be provided to parents during the event. You must

register for this event when you register your guest. On the guest registration

form check “enjoying respite room” when asked “Parent/Caretaker will be…”.

Limit to 2 per guest.

3. If you would like to stay with your child during the prom, you will need to register

as a buddy volunteer. You will be limited to 2 person per child. Your child will not

be buddied with another volunteer. You will be your child’s buddy for the night.

4. You may participate in the event as a volunteer. Register as a volunteer and we

will connect you with the volunteer team.

What is the Parents Night Out Dinner:

5. A dinner and entertainment will be provided for parents and caretakers if they so

wish to attend. The event will be in our Respite Room, which will be at the same

location as the prom. You must register for this event when you register your

guest. On the guest registration form check “enjoying respite room” when asked

“Parent/Caretaker will be…”. Limit to 2 per guest. Additional details will be

provided as parents and caretakers register.

What if a parent or family members wants to attend the event with the guest:

A parent or family member attending the prom with the guest must register as a

volunteer and list specifically that they will be attending as a buddy. You will be

registered with your guest as a buddy. No more that two people can attend with a guest.

How do I register Children from a group home:

Group Home and Social Worker registrations will need to be done by appointment.

Please fill out the appointment request form for group home and a time will be scheduled

for one of our teams to come to your facility and do a personalized registration session.

We ask that social workers or those registering multiple guests who are not related to


GUEST REGISTRATION FORM. Please contact Brandon Meadows to request an

appointment. brandon@govertical.org

What if I am dropping my child off for the Night to Shine event?

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Please park and escort your child up to the check in tents

before departing. You will receive a security tag that matches a number on your Childs

name tag. You will need this security tag when picking your guest up after the event.

The event will conclude at 9:00 p.m. Due to safety and security purposes, you will not be

allowed to enter the event. Please park and walk up the event entrance and wait for your

child to exit.

Are guests allowed to come as a couple, do they still need two buddies?

Yes, they can come together! Only one buddy will be provided to the guest during the event.