Dreams come true at ‘Night to Shine’

Special needs teens and adults danced the night away at Night to Shine at Fairview: The Grace Place in Falkville on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

FALKVILLE, Ala. – The Tim Tebow Foundation hosted its signature event, “Night to Shine,” nationwide and at Fairview: The Grace Place in Falkville on Friday, Feb. 10. The unforgettable prom night experience celebrates people with special needs – ages 14 and older – from around the community. With the help of many volunteer groups and organizations, it was truly a night to remember for the 130 Falkville attendees. 

Extraordinary work by the volunteers and sponsors made promgoers feel honored and exceptionally special all evening, from limousine rides, hair styling and make-up touchups to karaoke stations, luxurious photobooths and a plentiful array of refreshments – nothing was left out in making sure each guest felt like royalty. Every attendee had the chance to dance and make memories that will last a lifetime. 

Tim Tebow’s mission, which is to bring hope and joy to people with special needs, was truly fulfilled in Falkville. The night will be remembered by all those involved as a life-changing event that brought the community together.  

Attendees walked the red carpet after a limo ride as they entered Night to Shine. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune) 

Upon arriving via limousines, the special attendees were paired with dates for the evening, usually a local high school student or other volunteer. One volunteer was a familiar face from Cullman County: West Point High School’s Heidi Armstrong, who has been crowned Miss Oktoberfest and Miss Cullman County Fair in addition to many other accolades.  

When asked what made her choose to travel to Falkville to volunteer at Night to Shine, Armstrong said without hesitation, “A friend of mine at church told me about this and I knew I had to come. I just met my date Anthony and we’re going to get something to eat and have fun dancing.” 

The Tim Tebow Foundation is a charitable organization that works to make a difference in the lives of children, teenagers and young adults around the world. Founded in 2010 by Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, the foundation’s mission is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.  

West Point High School’s Heidi Armstrong with her prom date, Anthony Gill (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

The foundation provides financial assistance for medical bills, hosts wish-granting events for terminally ill children, sponsors mentoring programs for at-risk youth, builds hospitals and orphanages, supplies food and medicine to impoverished countries, supports research efforts focused on curing rare diseases and organizes sports camps for underprivileged kids.  

Night to Shine is held on the same evening around the country and is hosted by churches that can accommodate all of the program’s activities. Currently, the Falkville celebration is the closest to attend for special needs teens and adults in Cullman County. 

For more information about Night to Shine, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org/night-to-shine-2023.