On February 8, 2019, HMA cadets had the privilege of volunteering at the 2019 Night to Shine, a national event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older (Tim Tebow Foundation Official Website, 2019).
Hosted by the LaGrange First Church of God at the Farmstead Expo Barn in Shipshewana, Indiana, the Night to Shine prom began with HMA cadets and other volunteers serving as “buddies” to the honored guests. Upon arrival, the 167 honorees were escorted by their buddy down the red carpet and then passed under the ceremonial saber arch of Howe Military Academy’s Iron Guard. The festivities commenced with each guest being treated like royalty—more than 150 volunteers helped with refreshments, parked cars, provided hair styling and makeup, professional photography, red carpet “paparazzi,” and much more to make the night memorable. Throughout the night, guests were given limousine rides, served dinner, and even sang karaoke. At the end of the evening, Mrs. Indiana, Miss Indiana, and Miss Indiana Outstanding Teen crowned each guest as a King or Queen.
This year celebrated Night to Shine’s fifth anniversary, with 655 churches from around the world coming together to serve approximately 100,000 honored guests through the support of 200,000 volunteers! We are humbled to have participated in such a worthwhile event, and it was truly an evening to remember for the guests, as well as for Howe cadets.