How would you define special needs?

This event is open to anyone with physical or cognitive special needs, ages 14 and older.  We do not have specific guidelines for the eligibility of guests in relation to the legitimacy or severity of their disabilities.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is hosted by Antioch Christian Church. This means ACC is the main event planner, overseeing the details and activities for the night. The event is being held at WestGate Academy. The address is as follows:

WestGate Academy 13598 E WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562

*Take exit 87 off of I69 onto  Hwy 231 S to Hwy 558, destination will be on your left!

What is the minimum age for Night to Shine guests?

Night to Shine is for anyone with special needs ages 14 and older.  There is no age maximum.

What is the minimum age for volunteers?

All volunteers must be 16 years of age by the date of the event.

What time do doors open for guests?

Doors will open at 4:00 Eastern Time

What time does the on-site hair & make-up open?

On-site hair and make-up opens at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. This year we are asking for you to email with your name and contact phone number to have a stylist call you and make an appointment.

Where can I go to have my hair done locally?

The Taylor’ed Look 107 E Main Street Washington, IN 47501 call for an appointment @ 812-254-2100              this salon is happy to help you look great for the big night, they are offering their services either at a free or reduced charge.

Do we need to sign up to utilize the formal wear shop?

You do not have to register for the formal wear shop.  You can visit the shop on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm or Saturday January 12, 2019 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and Thursday January 17, 2019 4:00 pm – 6 pm (snow date or by appointment only) at Antioch Christian Church.

Do you have to purchase the formal wear?

All clothing in the formal wear shop is free to all registered Kings or Queens.

Do you require background checks for volunteers?

All volunteers over the age of 18 have to have a Federal Background check.

Do you have a medical and security team on site?

Yes.  We will have a team of certified medical staff as well as uniformed law enforcement officers on site at all times.


Can Night to Shine be on any other night?

The Tim Tebow Foundation requires all churches to host the event on Friday February 8, 2019 to maintain the worldwide feel of the event and make guests feel like they are part of something much bigger then their Night to Shine.

What will happen in the event of inclement weather?

If there were to be inclement weather that would jeopardize the safety of our guests, volunteers, and caregivers, the Tim Tebow Foundation will allow the event to be rescheduled within two weeks of the original date.


What is a buddy?

Buddies are an escort for the King/Queen.  Their responsibilities include escorting the King/Queen down the red carpet, ensuring photos are taken, he/she participates in any games, dancing, limo rides, whatever he/she chooses.  Also helps to ensure the King/Queen stays safe during the event.

Will there be anyone to assist guests with bathroom needs?

Yes. There will be gender specific volunteers to assist with bathroom needs.  The majority of these volunteers generally work in the medical field.


What is the Respite Room?

The respite room is a place to honor the incredible parents, family members, and caretakers of our special needs guests.  This room will be an opportunity to rest and enjoy a night off while your guest is off having an amazing time with their buddy.

Can a guest bring their own buddy?

If a guest would like to bring their own buddy, that is perfectly fine, provided their buddy registers as a volunteer and receives a background check for the safety of all of the honored guests at the event.


What if the guests come as a couple, will they still get a buddy?

Yes.  Each guest will be assigned a buddy when they arrive to assist them throughout the evening.

What if the guest has medication that needs to be taken during the event?

All medication must be administered by a parent/caregiver.