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Night to Shine

Night to Shine comes to Southwestern PA 

 

 

For the third year in a row, The Bible Chapel is partnering with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host Night to Shine on
Friday, February 9, 2018.

Night to Shine celebrates the uniqueness of each individual guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved! Night to Shine is a prom night experience for people with special needs ages 14 and older. The Bible Chapel joins host churches around the world in bringing this experience to our friends with special needs.

 

Read on to learn more about Night to Shine!

 

 

Come as our guest!

Parents, guardians, and caregivers of those with special needs: we cordially invite you along with the boys, girls, men, and women you care for. Enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, and fun with a community who loves you. We offer red carpet treatment to our guests with special needs along with a program just for caregivers. 

Friday, February 9, 2018
5:00-9:00 p.m.

Answers to common questions are listed below; if you have any additional questions, please email .

REGISTER TO ATTEND NIGHT TO SHINE

Guest Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible to be a guest?

The event is open to anyone with physical or cognitive disabilities, ages 14 and older (there is no maximum age). We do not have specific guidelines for the eligibility of guests in relation to the legitimacy or severity of their disabilities.

What can parents and caregivers of guests do during the prom?

Dinner and a movie will be provided for those who would like to stay on-site during the Night to Shine prom.

Will medical staff be on site for emergencies during the event?

Yes, we will have Emergency Medical Technicians on site during the event.

Will gluten free options be available?

Yes, we will have gluten and casein free dinner options for guest, volunteers, and families. Please be sure to indicate that you need this food option in the registration process.

Can the guest request a specific buddy to be paired with?

When registering, you may request a volunteer to be paired with your guest. We cannot guarantee that your guest will be paired with that buddy, but we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please provide a specific name of the buddy when registering.

Is there a cost for guests to attend or is the event free?

The event is completely free for guests and caregivers to attend.

What is the attire for guests?

Female guests are encouraged to wear prom dresses. Please let us know if you need help getting a gown.  Male guests are encouraged to wear a tuxedo. More information will be provided to you once you have signed up.

Can parents, families, and/or para-professionals attend the evening with the guests?

We welcome family, friends, and para-professionals to be a part of the evening by joining our “paparazzi” to cheer on our guests as they make their way down the red carpet. If you choose to join our guests, you MUST register and attend a training.

Parents are also welcome to enjoy our respite area and relax during the event if they choose. We do, however, want to allow the guests to engage with their peers during the prom. Unless a family member or para-professional is signed up to be a buddy, we ask that the event be for the Honored Guests and Buddies. If a guest requires constant monitoring, exceptions will be made.  We want the experience to be fun and safe for everyone.

If I work in a group home and am bringing a guest can I stay?

As a caregiver in a group home, we welcome you to stay with your guest. We will still pair the guest with a buddy for the evening, even if caregivers are staying.

Where do I park/drop off on the night of the event?

Please park and drop off your guest at door 1 of the South Hills Campus of The Bible Chapel.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact

Ready to Volunteer with Night to Shine?


Night to Shine will be held Friday, February 9 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.


Please follow the steps below to become a volunteer with us!
Volunteer registration closes on January 15, 2018.

1. Review the FAQ section below.

2. Review the Registration Instructions.

3. Register as an adult or teen volunteer. Your clearances will be verified or you will be contacted to begin the process once we receive your registration. PLEASE NOTE that positions are limited; if the position you wanted is not available, please choose another position.

Teens 16 and older: please use the adult volunteer link below to register as a buddy.

4. Attend a training. Training is mandated by the Tim Tebow Foundation; if you do not attend a training, you will not be eligible to serve in any position during Night to Shine.

Training dates:

  • Sunday, January 7, 12:30 p.m. at the South Hills Campus, Worship Center
  • Thursday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. at the South Hills Campus, Worship Center
  • Sunday, January 28, 12:30 p.m. at the South Hills Campus, Worship Center

5. You will be contacted with next steps once your clearances and training have been verified.

 

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do volunteers need clearances?

Due to new legislation, The Bible Chapel has implemented background clearance procedures.  Act 153 now requires every volunteer who is 18 years or older to have a criminal background clearance, a PA Child Abuse clearance and FBI Fingerprinting (which you can be exempt from should you meet certain criteria). Should you need the new clearances completed, you will be sent links electronically from our vendor, Justifacts.  If you have any questions regarding background clearances, please contact Tracey Friesland, .   No volunteer will be allowed to participate without the appropriate background clearances.

Do volunteers need to attend training, even if we've served with Night to Shine in past years?

We are so grateful to all of our volunteers who have served in the past! However, ALL volunteers must attend a training before serving at Night to Shine, regardless of whether you've served in the past. Training is mandated by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and if you do not attend a  training, you will not be eligible to serve in any position during Night to Shine.

Where do volunteers park?

Volunteers park in the lower level of the church and enter through door 14.

What time do I have to be there as a volunteer (buddies: see information below)? 

All volunteers should  be in the building by 4:30 p.m. on February 9.

Will gluten free options be available?

Yes, we will have gluten and casein free dinner options for guests, volunteers, and families. Please be sure to indicate that you need this food option in the registration process.

What is the attire for buddies?

Buddies are encouraged to also dress up for the prom, wearing a shirt and tie for guys and a dress or dress pants and blouse for females. If desired, female buddies may choose to wear a prom gown and male buddies, a tuxedo. Appropriate attire, please: ladies, no sleeveless dresses/tops, low cut dresses or tops, high slits on dresses. Dress length must hit fingertips at sides. Gentlemen: please, no tight pants.

How old do I have to be to be a buddy?

This year, we are requiring that buddies be 16 years of age or older. Due to the increase in types of disabilities, we will not be making any exceptions.

What time do I have to be there as a buddy volunteer? 

All buddies should  be in the building between 4:00-4:30 p.m. on February 9. If you are not able to be here by 4:30 p.m., we ask that you sign up to serve in a different area or contact . As a buddy, your food will be available for you in the Worship Center. Due to the fact that some honored guests arrive early, we need all buddies to be checked in and in the Worship Center by 4:30 p.m.

Are there any specific requirements to be a buddy?

Having committed volunteers is the heart of what makes this event possible. Therefore, we ask that buddies please let us know at least two weeks in advance if they are no longer able to participate.

If I volunteer as a buddy, can I choose the guest I’m paired with?

Buddies may not request a specific guest. When a guest registers, they will have the option to request a buddy. If you would like to be paired with someone specifically, be sure to talk with that family before they register.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact

Donate to Night to Shine

Donations of funds and goods, as well as services, are needed to make our Night to Shine a memorable experience for our Honored Guests.

NEEDED:

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Desserts
  • Decorations
  • Limousines
  • Photography
  • Vendor costs for music and other services

Contact Anthony or Sherry Tom, .

 

Donate to Night to Shine through The Bible Chapel

 

DONATE ONLINE

OR

Mail checks, payable to The Bible Chapel, with “Night to Shine” in the memo line to:

Night to Shine
c/o The Bible Chapel
300 Gallery Drive
McMurray, PA 15317

Night to Shine Recap!

For the second year in a row, The Bible Chapel partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host Night to Shine on Friday, February 10, 2017.