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Night To Shine



Night To Shine


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 2020 will be Friday, February 7th, 2020 at 6:00PM. Check-in begins at 5:00PM

Where is Night To Shine?

Tallahassee’s 6th Annual Night to Shine will be held at The North Florida Fairgrounds.


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.

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.


FAQs for Volunteers

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must be 16 on or before February 7, 2020. 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 must attend a mandatory training session before the event.

What do I need to do to register as a buddy for a specific guest (i.e. friend, relative, Best Buddies)?

We are unable to pre-match buddies and guests before the event. Please plan on arriving with your guest, and accompanying them through the check-in process. Our Buddy Coordinator will be happy to let you continue to escort your guest through the rest of the evening!

What time will I need to arrive on Friday, February 7th, 2020?

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!

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. Please keep in mind - as a volunteer or buddy, our goal is to focus on our Guests, not each other.


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. You will receive a security tag that matches a number on your Childs name tag, and will need this in order to pick them up. 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.

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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.

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NTS Areas

Areas To Volunteer

NTS Areas

Areas To Volunteer

Animal Therapy

If you are an animal lover, then you definitely want to be a part of the Animal Therapy Team. Our friends at Redemptive Love Farm will be bringing in their chicks, bunnies, ducks, piglets, goats, and llamas to provide our guests with a unique prom experience. Volunteers will assist guests in holding and petting the animals.

Art Therapy

If you are into arts and crafts, this is the team for you! Our art therapy room provides guests with an opportunity to have fun through hands-on craft activities. Guests will get to take home all pieces made that evening!  A special “thank you creation” will also be made by our guests and sent to the Tim Tebow Foundation!

Block Party

The Block Party will kick off one hour before the Night to Shine event begins. There will be music, dancing, games, and giveaways. If you are full of energy and like helping others have fun, this is the place for you!


Buddies is the perfect volunteer position if you want the full Night to Shine experience! As a buddy escort, you are responsible for accompanying and assisting your assigned guest throughout the evening providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the evening.


Check-in is the most important team at Night to Shine! The check-in team oversees all aspects of volunteer, guest, and parent check in. Check-in will include greeting people, directing them to the correct check in area, checking them in and passing out labeled lanyards. Guests will then be escorted to the Buddy area where they will be paired with their buddy for the evening.

Coat Check

If you like to work behind the scenes, this is a great team for you! You’ll be responsible for taking coats, labeling them and hanging them. As guests leave, you’ll do it all in reverse!



One of the most rewarding teams of the night, the crowing team oversees the crowning process where every single guest is crowned prom king and prom queen at the same moment! At the end of the night, this team will assist in the exit process for guests and their buddies.


The Exit Team is crucial in making sure the Night to Shine event concludes in a systematic process. This team oversees the check-out process of guests and buddies retrieving their art therapy pieces, coats, and gift bags at the end of the night.


Every prom guest deserves a corsage and boutonniere and the flowers team is there to make it a reality! This team is in charge of passing out and pinning all flowers to our guests as they arrive at prom.


Our food teams are tasked with assisting each of the food vendors with set up, preparations, and serving of food and drinks to the different groups of guests, buddies, volunteers, parents, and sponsors. If you have food service skills, this is the perfect team for you to share your gifts!

Gift Bags

Each guest of Night to Shine will receive a gift bag at the end of the night with souvenirs from their prom experience. This team will oversee making sure all items make it into the bags, and that bags are correctly distributed at the end of the evening.


Greeters are vital to the success of Night to Shine! Greeters are tasked with welcoming and directing guests, parents and volunteers. We want to make sure that every person at Night to Shine feels like the kings and queens they really are!



Our karaoke room is one of the biggest hits of prom! The karaoke team is responsible for greeting and welcoming guests into the room, assisting them with song selection, and cheering them on during performances.


Limos are one of the most cherished experiences of Night to Shine! The Limo Team will coordinate with the parking team for the limo route. This team’s primary responsibility is assisting guests as they enter and exit the limos.

Music Therapy

Calling all musicians! If you love to sing or play an instrument, the music therapy room is one of our guests’ favorite rooms. This team will lead the room in songs with guests providing accompaniment through the use of musical instruments.

Parent Reception

Help us love on all the deserving parents by serving food, spending time getting to know them and just making them feel loved and appreciated.  


This team will oversee the parking patterns and traffic flow of guests and volunteers as they arrive by directing them to appropriate drop off and parking areas.

Photo Booth

What is prom without prom pictures? The step and repeat photo booth is where each guest and buddy will have their prom pictures taken. Each guest and buddy will receive a card with a link to their online photos. Making sure each picture gets to its proper recipient is a top priority for this team.

Red Carpet

Our ‘paparazzi’ is one of the funnest teams at prom! This team is placed along the red carpet to cheer on and welcome each and every guest to prom. This team is encouraged to take pictures with their phone and post them to social media using various Night to Shine hashtags. At the end of the night, this team will assist in the exit process for guests and their buddies.

Respite Therapy

This room is specifically designed to comfort guests who may have become overstimulated on the dance floor or in other areas of the prom. There will be various sensory activities to help aid in an overall calming experience.


The response team will work during prom to respond to various needs of guests, parents and volunteers. Between manning Guest Services and walking rounds throughout the facility, it’s your job to keep things running smoothly!


The technology required to make our event safe is massive! If you have networking or computer experience, please email us to request to join this team!

Restroom Attendants

At Night to Shine, we want everyone to feel special no matter where they are, including the restrooms! Our restroom attendants will be responsible for assisting buddies and their guests with any restroom needs, including waiting with a guest while his or her buddy uses the restroom.

Shoe Shine

Even the guys deserve pampering at prom! The shoe shine team will coordinate and welcome our male guests to the shoe shine area as they receive the all-star treatment for their dancing shoes!

Set Up

Arrive the day before the event, February 8th and execute the event set-up from decorations and red carpet to signage and therapeutic rooms. This is where it all comes together!

Tear Down

When the party's over, it’s your time to shine! You’ll help get everything packed and loaded up. With all hands on deck, we’ll be finished in no time!