By: Katie Kaplan & Web Staff | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 7, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee’s ‘Night to Shine’ became a night to remember when it’s founder showed up unannounced.
Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow slowly made his way through hundreds of people at the North Florida Fairgrounds Friday night.
"It's my favorite night of the year, having the chance to celebrate humanity and show God’s love to the world, it’s just so special to me,” Tim Tebow told WCTV’s Katie Kaplan. "Over 1,000 queens and kings will be here and it's really special."
The former University of Florida star made time to take photos, give hugs and chat with people attending the prom. More than 1,000 people were estimated to be in attendance for the night, which aims at celebrating people with special needs and giving them the royal treatment.
"I've never experienced anything like this," said Amanda Thornton, who attended as a guest.
The event, organized by Genesis Church, pulled out all the stops. Attendees were announced before walking a raucous red carpet. The greeting area included a Ferris wheel, hot air balloon and appearances by Florida A&M's award-winning Marching 100 and Florida State University cheerleaders.
"It's a way to let all of the special people in our lives to know that we all love them and think they're wonderful," said Judy Myhre, the mother of a guest.
"Thanks to my mom for twisting my arm to come," said Jonathan Ferris, attending the event.
Further inside the venue, guests were treated to free hair and make-up styling and a photo booth. There were also options for pet, music and sensory therapy activities.
"It's so special because it gives them a chance to be somebody special," said mother Donna Miller.
Toward the end of the night, everyone was crowned prom queen and king as confetti sprayed the dance floor. Tebow crowned many people himself.