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CrossPoint Church has been selected by the Tim Tebow Foundation to host its Night to Shine.

The Tim Tebow Foundation has a great passion for people with special needs, and in 2014 they launched Night to Shine, a prom night experience for people with special needs.

This event will be held worldwide and here in Newport on February 12th, 2016.

The event will be hosted and organized by CrossPoint Church, EFC Newport and other local churches. Organizers for the event are in need of a venue for the event, ideally they are looking for a hotel to donate a ballroom.

Only 100 churches have this honor across the country and CrossPoint is Rhode Island’s only representative.


CrossPoint Church needs many volunteers to support this life changing event.

Their first meeting is Tuesday, November 10th at 7PM at CrossPoint Church, 14 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI. Please forward to as many people that may be interested. 401-846-3064


Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 16 and older. The Tim Tebow Foundation will serve as the sponsor at each of these locations by providing a detailed instruction manual, financial support, a prom kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, and personalized staff support. This is truly going to be a worldwide movement, as the churches that have been approved to host already represent 41 states across the nation and 6 countries around the world.

With a red carpet entrance and friendly paparazzi welcome, each Night to Shine guest is greeted by their very own buddy, who serves as their host for the evening. Guests receive VIP treatment including corsages and boutonnieres, hair, makeup, shoeshines, professional photography, food, dancing, games and more!  The guests also participate in a crowning ceremony, where they each receive a crown or tiara.  In addition to being crowned a prom king or queen, each guest receives unique Night to Shine prom favors to take home.

The overwhelmingly positive response to the inaugural Night to Shine prom earlier this year led the foundation to focus on the growth of this ministry. The 44 host churches in 2015 witnessed the beginning of this worldwide movement, as the event not only allowed the 7,000 honored guests to shine, but also the churches, the 15,000 volunteers and most importantly, Christ to shine through the emphasis on God’s love for people with special needs.

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