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. Night to Shine 2019 will be hosted simultaneously in more than 500 locations in all 50 states and 11 countries on Friday, February 8th, 2019.

Where is Central PA Night to Shine?
Central PA Night to Shine will be held at Calvary Harvest Fields, 150 Harvest Fields Dr., Boalsburg, PA 16827.
When is Central PA Night to Shine?

The event is on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6PM- 9PM. Guest check-in will begin at 5:30PM

How much is it to attend Night to Shine?

This event is free to all our special guests.  

Where should I park?
Parking is available at the church.
What should I wear?

Many of our 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.

Ladies, we have several dress events that are being offered. Some of the events offer complementary dresses for our special guests, while others offer them for a very low cost.

Bald Eagle Area High School, 751 S Eagle Valley Rd, Bellefonte, PA 16823 will be offering a low-cost dress event on January 20, 2019 from 3-6PM in the lobby of the high school. Gowns run $5-$25 at this event.

State College Area High School- Delta Building- 411 S Fraser St, State College, PA 16801 is offering our queens to shop for their special complementary gown two nights from 4-7PM the week of January 14th. Please check back for exact dates.

Gentlemen, if you would like to rent a tux, we have a partnership with Men’s Wearhouse. They are offering discounted rates, $80 for complete packages on tuxedos. Packages include, shirt, vest, tie, jacket, pants, socks, shoes, and jewelry. You can contact Men’s Wearhouse at (814)237-0672 and mention group number 7645781.

Will a meal be served?

Yes, a buffet dinner will be served for guests. Refreshments will also be available for parents and caregivers in the Respite Room. If you are volunteering, please eat before you come. There will be water and snacks available.

What if I have food allergies?
Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options will be available. Please specify any allergies/restrictions on guest registration form.
What is a buddy?

A buddy is volunteer that will be accompanying and assist their assigned guest throughout the evening, providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event. They sit with their guest during dinner, accompany them to the various entertainment and specialty stations, and engage with them in conversation. They are responsible for ensuring that their guest has a wonderful, safe and comfortable experience during Night to Shine. Buddies must be at least 16 years old.

Can a guest bring their own buddy?

Typically, it is recommended not to pre-assign buddies, we understand that in some cases a relationship may have been established prior to Night to Shine. If a guest would like to bring their own buddy, that is perfectly fine. They must attend our volunteer orientation and complete the background check process for the safety of all the honored guests. All buddies will be “staged” and ready to be paired with a guest at check-in. Please coordinate with your family member or friend to ensure that they know when you are arriving so that they get paired with you. Once you arrive at check-in, they can meet up with you and head into the event.

Do we have to assign a buddy to a guest who is attending with a parent or caregiver?

A buddy needs to be assigned to each guest. However, occasionally you will have to make exceptions for guests who are either uncomfortable being separated from their parent/caregiver or who need their caregiver with them throughout the night due to their needs. Even if the parent/caregiver is attending with the special guest they will still be given a buddy for the evening. We strongly encourage if parents/caregivers want to stay to take advantage of the Respite Room, if possible.

If parents/caregiver needs to spend the evening with their child/guest, we ask that they register as a buddy, complete the volunteer training and have a current background check. If you already have these please bring copies with you to the training you will be attending or email them to centralpanighttoshine@gmail.com

If a guests comes as couple, do we still need two buddies?
We recommend two buddies, as you will want to be fully prepared for bathroom breaks, assisting your guest with food, dancing, etc.
I've already gone to Night to Shine, may I come again?

Yes! We’d love to have returning guests attend this year’s event.

What if the sounds/activities at the event become overwhelming?

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

What is the Respite Room?

The Respite Room is an area designed specifically to provide a restful space for parents and caregivers to kick back and relax while those you care about are having the time of their lives!. We’ll have a full meal and refreshments for you to enjoy. Use it as personal time or time to connect with other parents and caregivers. We want to honor the incredible parents and caregivers for their lifetime commitment to caring or their loved ones with special needs.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 10 years old and up can help with this event.  However, if the volunteer is 16 or under, they will need to have a parent volunteering at the event as well with them.  If a volunteer is under the age of 18 they will need a parent to sign a permission form and waiver before they can participate. All volunteers will be required to attend a training session, have current required background checks, if you already have current background checks please provide us with a copy by email or bring them to the training you will be attending,  adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct.

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.

Volunteer Orientation Dates

January 13,2019,  1:00–3:00 PM at Calvary Harvest Fields 150 harvest Fields Dr. Boalsburg, PA

January 26, 2019, 10:00AM–12:00 PM at Calvary Harvest Fields, 150 harvest Fields Dr. Boalsburg, PA

Volunteer orientations are mandatory!

Do you require background checks for all volunteers, vendors and individuals onsite?

We require current background checks for all volunteers 18 years of age and older. For volunteers under 18 their parents or guardians must sign a permission release form. We also recommend adult supervision for volunteers under the age of 16. 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 centralpanighttoshine@gmail.com

Is this event Christian?
Night to Shine is open to anyone ages 14 and older with special needs and eligible volunteers. The event is a Christ-centered event hosted by Calvary Harvest Fields.