FAQs

What is Night To Shine?

 A prom for people with special needs ages 14 and over, who will be our guests for the evening. Guests will be celebrated with a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, corsages and boutonnieres, limo rides, games, dancing, dinner, photo portraits and VIP treatment. The vision is to provide an unforgettable night full of faith, hope and love for the amazing people with special needs. 


When is Night To Shine?

Night To Shine 2019 will be Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 6:00PM

Where is Night To Shine?

For our second year in a row, Night To Shine will be held at The Pavilion at The Centre of Tallahassee.


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FAQs for Guests

Who is invited to be a guest at Night to Shine?

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

How much does it cost for a guest to attend Night to Shine?

Night to Shine is free for all guests and their parents!

Will guests be left alone at any point?

No. Every guest at Night to Shine is paired with a volunteer buddy for the evening. Buddies are responsible for accompanying and assisting their assigned guest throughout the entire evening, providing companionship and any assistance that the guest may need.

Is there a cut off date for guest registration?

There is no cutoff for registration. However, it is best to register as soon as possible to ensure we are best prepared for all guests and parents.

What is the dress code of the event?

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 but we want everyone to enjoy themselves and for some that may mean a more casual style. There will be a free Prom Shop event for guests on January 26, 2019 to come and select a dress or tux for Night to Shine.

I want a family friend to be my child’s buddy. What do I do?

All buddies who are not an immediate family member will need to register as a volunteer buddy for the event. This person will then need to arrive at the same time as the guest so that they can be checked in together.

 
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FAQs for Volunteers

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be 16 on or before February 8, 2019. We recognize that many families would like to serve together. However this year, due to the size of our event and for security purposes, we are limiting volunteer opportunities to only those over the age of sixteen.

If I sign up to be a volunteer, will I receive training?

Absolutely! All of our volunteers will receive area specific training the week of the event. As you register, please stay up-to-date on information regarding dates and times for trainings.

What time will I need to arrive on Friday, February 8th, 2019?

Each volunteer team will have a different arrival time on the day of the event. Your arrival time could be anywhere between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on that Friday. ALL VOLUNTEERS WILL NEED TO BE IN YOUR SERVING POSITIONS NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. If you will not be able to arrive by your team’s expected time, you will be unable to volunteer at the event. Please consider joining the Tear Down Team who will arrive at 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

How do I know what volunteer team to choose?

Please see the volunteer team descriptions below for more information on individual serving area responsibilities.

As a volunteer, what do I need to bring with me the night of the event?

All volunteers will need bring a valid photo ID to check in. We ask that volunteers bring as little as possible with them. There is a limited amount of space in the coat check area for personal belongings. Please try to leave as many things as possible in your vehicles.

Do I need experience as a buddy to serve at Night to Shine?

No. The primary requirement of a buddy is the desire to help a guest have the best night of their life. We will have buddy trainings that will provide all the information and support needed for buddies to feel confident in making sure everyone has a great time.

I want to volunteer. Why is there a $10 fee?

A requirement of the Tim Tebow Foundation is that EVERY volunteer undergoes a background check. This is for the safety of all of our guests. It is our mission that Night to Shine sponsored by Genesis Church with support from Shine Tallahassee be an event where every part is specifically designed to make it a night where each guest feels like the king and queen they truly are! We found that thousands of dollars were being spent running background checks for volunteers, who sometimes didn’t even show up! With our mission in mind, we would rather spend those funds making Night to Shine the best it can be for guests. We ask for a $10 fee to help cover the cost of the background check so Night to Shine can continue to be the amazing event that it is! Thank you so much for your understanding!

I have dresses or suits I would like to donate. What do I need to do?

Thank you for your interest in donating! We are accepting suits and tuxedos of all sizes and formal dresses sizes, especially size 12 and up. Please make sure all clothing items are clean and in good condition. We also accept accessories such as ties, vests, purses, shoes, and jewelry. All donations can be dropped off on at Genesis Church on Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 p.m.

What is the dress code of the event?

Night to Shine is a prom event and formal attire is largely represented but we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Dress code will vary depending on the area in which you are serving. Specific volunteer dress code will be covered throughout the volunteer process and at the training events.

 
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FAQs for Parents

I am a parent of a guest at Night to Shine. What are my options?

We are so excited to have your child as a guest at Night to Shine. As a parent you have two options. First, you may choose to be your child’s buddy for the evening. If you select to be your child’s buddy, we will not pair a volunteer buddy with them and you will need to remain with them at all times throughout the evening. Your second option is to register to attend our Parent Date Night event. All parents are eligible to attend this event which takes place within the Night to Shine event where you will be able to relax, be pampered and served, while watching your child experience Night to Shine. Space is limited, so register early!

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

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a pre-prom party taking place out front beginning at 5:00 p.m. Please park and escort your child up to the check in tents before departing. 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.

What is the dress code of the event?

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 but we want everyone to enjoy themselves and for some that may mean a more casual style. There will be a free Prom Shop event for guests on January 26, 2019 to come and select a dress or tux for Night to Shine.

 
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FAQs for Group Homes

Group Home and Social Worker registrations will be 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 team 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 them also use this process. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER INDIVIDUALS USING THE GUEST REGISTRATION FORM.