A Night to Shine

For the second year, Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) took part in the Tim Tebow Foundation’s A Night to Shine global event. The foundation describes the occasion as “an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and older.”

This year, “655 churches from around the world came together to host Night to Shine events for approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers,” according to the foundation’s website.  

Residents and community supporters at BVT and around the world reserve this night to celebrate a deserving group of individuals.

Taking time to prioritize individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the international stage is a way to let these communities celebrate each other – and celebrate with each other – while also garnering support, awareness, and attention of special needs that many do not fully understand.

See what residents had to say about the night, check out photos from the event at BVT, and view the highlights from the global event below.

This was my first year to attend Night to Shine. I really enjoyed the dancing, the meal, and the fellowship with everyone. I felt like a princess, and had the best time riding to the prom in a limo. I had so much fun, and I plan to go again! — Jennifer Wallace

My favorite part about Night to Shine was just getting to see all the new people that attended and to see it all come together for people with disabilities. I had fun watching my friends sing karaoke. I really enjoyed getting dressed up and riding to the red carpet in a blue viper. The highlight of the night was just the opportunity to attend the prom again. I am already looking forward to next year! — Tanner Hensley

I really enjoyed when we got to the prom and walked down the red carpet, they touched up our make-up and hair. My buddy was super awesome, we danced a lot. We took photos in the photo booth together. I felt so happy when I was crowned the “queen of the prom!” I cannot wait to go back next year! — Michele Youree

I was humbled at how many people willingly gave their time and talents to give these families a special night. My daughter loved it and is already talking about going again next year. God bless you all. — Laura Hughes (mother of BVT resident Jillian Hughes)

Straightening up for the big night.
Adding some finishing touches.
Three ladies pose at BVT before heading to the venue.
What's going on? These gentlemen know as well as any of us.
Out of the limo, into the limelight.
A walk down the red carpet offers a brief showcase for each of the night's attendants.
Looking ready for a Hollywood-level interview.
A red jacket adds a warm tone, a soft touch, and a stylish statement.
It's not a dance without dance moves.
The smile of a king.
Are they having a good time? We may never know.
The local church is filled with the bustle of fellowship.
A limo filled with party-goers.