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  • Does the caretaker need to stay with the Honored guest since he/she will have a buddy?
    No, the idea is to allow the caretakers to have their own respite space. In that space, they will enjoy dinner, some activities, and the opportunity to interact and connect with other Special Needs families and caretakers. If they want to see what Night to Shine is all about or check on their honored guest, volunteers can escort them into the event space and stay with them while they check in with their guest. When they are done, they will be escorted back to the respite space. Caretakers, who wish to or must stay with their guest for the entire event, need to register as a volunteer. A Buddy will still be assigned to the Honored Guest.
  • What will each honored guest experience?
    Upon arrival, guests will check in and receive instructions and name tags. Each honored guest will be paired with a “Buddy” who has been carefully selected as well as fully background screened and trained. This Buddy will hang out the entire event with the honored guest. There will be a make-up, hair and shoe-shine station, a limo where they can celebrate and travel for a bit before hitting the Red Carpet. The Red Carpet will be adorned with paparazzi, pom poms, and other people cheering you on as you enter the prom experience. The prom experience will include dinner for the honored guests, of course dancing and music, karaoke, dessert, and a crowning ceremony in which each guest receives a crown.
  • What is Night To Shine?
    Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, hosted by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2024, churches, from around the world, will host Night to Shine for 115,000 honored guests through the support of 215,000 volunteers!
  • What is the minimum age for Night to Shine honored guests?
    Night to Shine is for anyone with special needs, ages 14 and older. There is no age maximum.
  • What is expected?
    Upon completion and acceptance of your registration, you will be receiving all the information you will need as the event draws closer. If you are an honored guest, please click here for more information on registration. For volunteers, information and forms are available for volunteers 18 years and older and for volunteers ages 12-17 years old.
  • When is the event?
    Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Where is the event?
    Night to Shine will happen around the world on the same date, February 9, 2024, hosted by local churches. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is an approved host, located at 1100 Philadelphia Road, Joppa, MD 21085
  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
    In the event you have additional questions or require more information, volunteers please contact Lori Hinman at or 410-679-4000 x113. Guests/Caretakers please contact Mary Kay Coughlan at or 410-679-4000 x105.
  • How would you define an individual with special needs?
    The event is open to anyone with physical or cognitive special needs, ages 14 and older. We do not have specific guidelines for the eligibility of guests in relation to the legitimacy or severity of their disabilities. We trust each church to use their best judgement as to what qualifies as a special need.
  • What is the dress code for this event?
    This event is formal; attendees must dress in formal attire. Makeup artists (women) and hair stylists (for men and women) will be available for touch-ups during the event.
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