Dressed to the nines, 19-year-old Tori Tomko was one of thousands of special-needs guests who attended the Tim Tebow Foundation’s third annual Night to Shine prom in Jacksonville in February.
Their evening started at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, where they had their hair and makeup professionally done, then walked down a red carpet to the Veterans Memorial Arena for their own prom.
Tebow himself made an appearance: “Every single one of you were crowned kings and queens because that’s how God looks at you every single day of your life,” he said. The foundation sponsored — and churches hosted — 375 simultaneous proms in 50 states and 11 countries on six continents.
Worldwide, about 75,000 guests ages 14 and older attended, supported by 150,000 volunteers, including “buddy” escorts for each guest. On Thursday, Dec. 7, the foundation publicly released a video following Tori, who has Down syndrome, throughout the evening.
To donate to or volunteer for future Night to Shine special-needs proms or get more information about the events or other Tim Tebow Foundation programs, contact the foundation at 2220 County Road 210 W., Suite 108, Private Mailbox Address 317, Jacksonville, FL 32259, or (904) 380-8499 or go to timtebowfoundation.org.