Night to Shine to take place Feb. 8

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BENNINGTON — Mission City Church in Bennington will be one of nearly 500 churches around the world to host Night to Shine 2019, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously on Friday, Feb. 8. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Grace Christian School at 104 Kocher Drive, Bennington.

According to the organizers, Night to Shine is "an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God's love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older, hosted by local churches in all 50 states and across the globe all on one night."

"Mission City is excited to be a part of this worldwide movement that God is using as a catalyst to change how culture embraces people with special needs and to rally the church worldwide to stand up for those who are differently-abled," the church said in a release.

Every guest of Night to Shine enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, and a dance floor, all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

"I am blown away by how we are seeing God use the Church to step into this space as an advocate for people with special needs," Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, said in a release. "It's not about my foundation or the churches themselves, but about communities coming together to love and celebrate people with differences. Every town, every village, every state, every country needs a Night to Shine for their special needs community - a chance to be a part of something significant and life-changing and to be blessed in the process."

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with the official 2019 Night to Shine Planning Manual, the official Night to Shine Prom Kit, complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and personalized guidance and support from a Tim Tebow Foundation staff member. The foundation also has committed millions of dollars in financial support to hundreds of churches needing assistance in hosting the event.

When Night to Shine launched in 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This past February, 537 host churches and 175,000 volunteers came together to celebrate 90,000 honored guests with special needs. Now in its fifth anniversary year, the Tim Tebow Foundation is seeing new churches sign up continuously and the event is expected to take place in over 700 locations.

There is no cost to attend. Registration is required, and will be available via the Night to Shine Bennington Facebook page and the Mission City Church's website, www.MCity.churchFor more information on the worldwide movement of Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit: http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/index.php/night-to-shine/




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