Sarah and Cathy walk the red carpet as honored guests at the Night to Shine event at 2|42 Community Church in Ann Arbor.

The residents begin asking about the event months in advance and eagerly anticipate attending. This year, nineteen residents enthusiastically prepared for an unforgettable evening on Friday, February 9th, marking the 10th Anniversary of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine global event.

Tim Tebow, on a mission for everyone to join, aims to ensure that everyone knows they are loved. People often overlook those with disabilities, but Night to Shine provides a way to celebrate them. It transcends being merely an event in Ann Arbor; it is a global phenomenon, with participation from cities in 56 countries.

Ready ….

A young woman doing a mature woman's makeup. A young woman painting someone's fingernails.The gentlemen showered and donned shirts and suit coats, while the ladies had a small glam party in one of the Village houses. They enjoyed a few healthy snacks, had their hair and makeup done, and got their nails painted before putting on their party clothes.

Set ….

A mature woman is helping a disabled man with his tie.After gathering in the chapel for a community Rosary, residents made final preparations and departed for the event.

A mature woman placing a crown on a man's head

The St. Louis Center residents attend the event at 2|42 Community Church in Ann Arbor. 2|42 Community goes above and beyond to host a top-notch, prom-like event for people with disabilities.

Fun ….

Four residents of St. Louis Center waiting for dinner to begin at Night to Shine 2024.

Upon arrival, volunteers greeted the residents, opening doors for them to enter. Each guest received a black swag bag filled with gifts and proceeded to obtain their corsage or boutonniere. Subsequently, each king and queen was crowned, awaiting their turn to walk the red carpet into the event space. Volunteers surrounded the carpet, cheering for each person as their names were called.

St. Louis Center residents on the dance floor at 2|42 Community Church.

Inside the event space, guests found their seats and awaited the opening prayer and dinner service. University of Michigan football players, among the volunteers, ensured the honored guests had a great time.

Following dinner, the dancing commenced. Residents danced until the last possible minute before heading home.

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