NEW CANAAN — The Tim Tebow Foundation “Night to Shine” event held at Grace Community Church in New Canaan, partnering with STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, brought young adults with special needs (our guests), their “buddy” peers, parents and volunteers together for an extraordinary evening of celebration.

The Tim Tebow Foundation was formed to show “God’s love to children around the world.” Grace Community Church was one of the 380 locations worldwide to simultaneously host an unforgettable prom night on Feb. 10. At the event, a personal message of greeting from Tim Tebow welcomed participants who were encouraged to have fun, dance the night away, and realize that each individual makes a unique contribution to make our world better for all.

Julia Hughes and Monica Rowett of New Canaan were co-captains for the evening.

“It’s been an honor and privilege for Grace Community Church to host this incredible event, but more importantly to have worked side-by-side with so many people and organizations in Fairfield County.” Hughes said. “The night was not only a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the guests, but for everyone who participated. God’s love for us has an amazing way of drawing people closer to each other, especially when we are focused on others.”

Guests were each recognized as kings or queens, and joined by their peers and event volunteers for festivities including a celebrity-style red carpet greeting, crowning ceremony, stylish decorations, catered food & beverages, paparazzi parade, photo booth, dancing with a DJ and karaoke.

Katie Banzhaf, Executive Director of STAR said, “It’s impossible to overstate the wonderful spirit that was present in every aspect of the ‘Night to Shine.’ First and foremost were our guests who reacted to the outpouring of love and attention with uninhibited joy. Executive Director Julia Hughes, her team at Grace Community Church, and the amazing volunteers were magnificent in sparing no effort to ensure that the guests were treated royally.”   

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Said Molly Cioffi, a student at New Canaan high school, “I was so excited to be with friends that I already know and to meet some new ones.”