Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Night to Shine?

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God's love for people with special needs ages 14 and older.

When is Night to Shine?

Friday, February 8, 2025 5pm-8pm


Where is Night to Shine?

Timken Career Campus
521 Tuscarawas Street West
Canton, OH 44702

Park in the lot off of 4th Street. Enter through Door #19. (Doors will not open until 5:00 PM)

Is there a virtual option for guests that are not comfortable or able to attend in person?

YES!! Just as Christ meets us where we are, we want to be able to meet you where you are by providing access to the celebration virtually.

You will still need to register (just be sure to choose the virtual option). Westbrook Park will host 50 virtual guests (decided on a first come first served basis).

Each virtual honored guest will receive:

  • Access to the Night to Shine Virtual Celebration (provided by the Tim Tebow Foundation)
  • A crown or tiara, so each honored guest can be King or Queen of the prom.
  • A Night to Shine favor bag

Is the event Christian?

Night to Shine is centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and over.

Who is invited to Night to Shine?

People with special needs ages 14 and over. 


Is an invitation required to register?

No. Registration is open to all people with special needs ages 14 and over.

How do I Register?

Registration is available by clicking HERE!

When does registration open?

October 5th, 2023 at 9:00AM


How large is the local Night to Shine? Worldwide?

Night to Shine - Canton (hosted by Westbrook Park Church at Timken Career Campus) will host up to 225 in person guests and 25 virtual guests. With the assistance of over 300 volunteers.  Worldwide there are over 720 host churches serving over 80,000 individuals with the help of over 150,000 volunteers!!


If more than the maximum number of honored guests register, how will the attendees be chosen?

Honored guests will be chosen on a first come first serve basis. The first 225 individuals to register for in person and 25 to register for the virtual celebration will be chosen.


As a guest, what should I expect?

Every guest of Night to Shine will experience a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup touch-up stations, shoe-shining stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room, catered dinner, activates, prom favors, and of course dancing!! For each honored guest, a Respite Room for parents or caregivers. Each honored guest will also receive a crown or tiara because they are all kings and queens!

Park in the lot off of 4th Street. Enter through Door #19. (Doors will not open until 5:00 PM)

What if the event becomes too overwhelming?

We offer a Sensory Room where all guests are welcome to come enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment to rest and regroup. The Sensory Room will be in a separate area of the building to allow for a quiet space.


What if I have food allergies or special food needs?

Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options will be available. Please specify any allergies/restrictions on guest registration form. Pureed food will need to be brought by the guest as we will not have the ability to puree food at the event.


Will there be medical staff on site?

Yes. An EMT will be onsite to deliver basic first aid and care for any medical emergencies if they should arise.

  • PLEASE NOTE: medical staff and Night to Shine volunteers are NOT responsible for administering any kind of medication or treatment. Medications and/or treatments must be administered by the guest’s parent or caretaker.

How much is it to attend Night to Shine?

Night to Shine is a complimentary event made possible by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Westbrook Park Church, and our generous sponsors; there is no charge to attend.


Do honored guests need chaperones?

Upon arrival, all guests will be matched with a Buddy to accompany them throughout the evening. Parents or caregivers are welcome to be a buddy for their individual, however they will need to register as a volunteer prior to the event. Parents or caregivers are welcome to stay and relax in our respite area.


Can parents/loved ones/caregivers be buddies?

Yes, parents or caregivers may sign up to be a “Buddy” for their guest. In order to be a buddy you MUST register as a volunteer PRIOR to the event (please visit volunteer registration page on this website).

  • Please note: you will need to meet ALL of the buddy volunteer requirements including being properly background checked and attend training prior to the event.
  • Please email us at with any questions

If honored guests come as a couple, do they still need buddies?

Yes, each honored guest will be assigned a buddy, so we can be fully prepared for bathroom breaks, assisting guests with food, dancing, etc. The couple will still be able to move around the event and enjoy all of the activities of the evening together!


What will happen when you arrive at the event?

When you arrive at Timken Career Campus, park in the rear parking lot off of 4th street, parking attendants will direct you to guest drop-off. Guests will enter door #19 will be directed to the registration area. If guest drop-off is needed you can drop them off at door #19 and an attendant will wait with them while you park (if you have a separate driver, we will escort you and our individual to the registration area).  After registration you and your individual will be escorted to meet their “Buddy” who will accompany them throughout the event. Parents/Caregivers may then exit or enjoy the complementary respite area.


What is the dress code?

Guests are invited to wear what they have and are comfortable wearing (and dancing in). Renting formalwear is not necessary.

However, many honored guests choose to wear semi-formal or formal attire if they have access to it. Gowns or dresses for the ladies and suits, tuxes, or shirt/vest/tie for gentlemen are most common.

Do caregivers have to stay on site?

No, however we do ask that you stay within a reasonable distance from the event in case we need assistance with your individual.

However, we recognize the handwork our guest’s parents and caregivers put into caring for their loved ones! For this reason, part of the facility is dedicated to you during the event. Our Respite area will provide caregivers with a comfortable place to enjoy the evening.


What is available to family/caregivers in the respite room?

Complimentary dinner and dessert will be served. You will also have access to activities, games, and even enjoy a short back massage. Parents and caregivers will have access to balconies that overlook the dance floor, karaoke, and dining areas. We will have a parent liaison team to answer any questions you may have and that can connect you with your loved one or vise versa throughout the evening.


As a caregiver, if I want, can I check on my individual?

We understand that you may want to periodically check on your guest, however, for the safety of all of our guests, parents and caregivers will only be allowed inside the event under very specific circumstances (ie: if their guest requires assistance in the restroom). After registration, you and your guest will meet the chaperone/buddy who will remain with your guest throughout the event. This will give you an opportunity to review emergency contact information and discuss any concerns with the assigned buddy. If you need to contact your loved one or they need to contact you our parent liaison can connect you.


What time should caregivers pick up their individual from the event?

Parents/Caregivers should return by 7:30 PM to get in line to pick up Guests at 9 PM.


What is the policy regarding face coverings?

In accordance with the Stark County Health Department and state of Ohio mandate, Timken Career Campus will not require guests to wear face coverings. We strongly encourage our guests and caregivers to make the individual decision to wear a face mask.


Volunteer FAQ

How can I help?


BUDDY TEAM Accompany and assist assigned guest throughout the evening, providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event. Sit with their guest during dinner and engage with them. We recommend volunteer buddies be at least 18 years old.

BUDDY CHECK-IN TEAM Greet buddies, give them their name tags or lanyards and direct them to their team leader for a pre- event meeting on ensuring their assigned honored guest has the best prom experience possible.

COAT CHECK TEAM Greet guests, take their coats, label them and hang them. As guests leave, ask for their names and retrieve their coats. The coat check area can also serve as a lost and found at the end of the evening.

FLOATER TEAM Constantly “float” around the main event /dance floor space, kitchen, restrooms and outdoors to assist anywhere an extra hand is needed. Ensure guests can move about easily in the main event/dance floor space, seats are available should they need to rest and water stations are continuously stocked. Floaters should also be trained and prepared to serve as a buddy should additional buddies be needed at the last minute.

FLOWER TEAM Assist florist with unloading and properly laying out corsages and boutonnieres. Help guests select and pin on their flowers or place them on their wrist.

FOOD PREP TEAM Assist caterer with unloading food, additional food preparation and set up food and beverages in the main event space and in the Respite Room.

FOOD SERVICE TEAM Serve food to guests in main event space and Respite Room (for parents, caretakers or family members). Be knowledgeable about the items and assist guests in finding what they would like (especially if they have dietary restrictions or allergies) and refill food warmers, drinks and snacks.

GUEST REGISTRATION TEAM Warmly greet guests, sign them in, give them their name tag or lanyard, and answer any questions they may have. Help guests connect with their assigned buddy for the evening.

HAIR, MAKEUP & SHOESHINE TEAM Assist set-up team with the salon area. Welcome each guest to a salon station for hair and makeup or to a seat for a shoeshine. Chat with them while you pamper them and make them feel special.

PAPARAZZI TEAM Take photographs and treat honored guests like celebrities and VIPs.

RED CARPET TEAM Assist and announce guests as they make their way down the red carpet, manage flow of traffic and cheer them on to make them feel welcomed.

RESPITE ROOM TEAM Love on the parents/caretakers by serving food, spending time getting to know them and being available to pray with them.

SET-UP TEAM Arrive at the designated time and execute event set-up, connect with DJ, audio/visual, activity and parking teams to ensure they have everything they need and the best possible event layout is in place.

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM Take high quality photos and short videos for your church’s social media pages. Content guidelines will be the same as the professional photography team. For best quality, please shoot video horizontally. Please use official Night to Shine hashtags #NightToShine and #TimTebowFoundation.

TEAR DOWN TEAM Take down decorations, tables, chairs, etc. and clean up the event space.

TRANSPORTATION TEAM Assist guests as they exit vehicles and help them find the registration area. Be available as guests return to their vehicles following the event.

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION TEAM Work with church staff to provide a special Night to Shine experience including access to Night to Shine Virtual Celebration, a crown or tiara, décor, prom favors and more to guests who may be uncomfortable or unable to attend in person due to illness, mobility, overstimulation, and other barriers.

VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN TEAM Greet volunteers, give them their nametags or lanyards and direct them to their team leaders.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 14 years old and up can help with this event. However, if the volunteer is under the age of 18, they will need to have a parent or guardian sign a permission form and waiver before they can participate and will be under adult supervision. All volunteers will be required to attend a training session, have current required background checks, if you already have current background check (within 18 months of the event) please provide us with a copy by email. All buddies must be 18 years or older. 

Do volunteers receive training?

Yes. All volunteers will receive training on guest interactions including, how to recognize and avoid the use of offensive terms and phrases, the development of people first language skills, general tips for communicating, and how to prevent and handle awkward or uncomfortable situations. In addition, specific training will be provided for each of the volunteer positions. Orientation dates and times will be announced on the volunteer page of this website!

Do you require background checks for ALL volunteers, venders and individuals onsite?

We require current background checks (completed within 18 months of the event) for all volunteers 18 years of age and older. For volunteers under 18 their parents or guardians must sign a permission release form. If you have current background checks please provide us with a copy of them prior to or at the training you will be attending. If you have any questions about the background checks please email

Is the event Christian?

Night to Shine is centered on God’s love for people with special needs, ages 14 and over.