Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
“Uncle” Douthit of Fort Collins is crowned by his companion, Melissa Allens of Fort Collins during Night to Shine on Friday at Foundations Abbey in Loveland. Night to Shine is captivated every year for communities beyond Northern Colorado. This year’s brawl was the third that Northern Colorado churches accept organized, beneath the advocacy of the Tim Tebow Foundation. (Thieng Mai / Loveland Reporter-Herald)
More than 500 guests, and calmly alert as abounding volunteers, danced the night abroad Friday at a actual appropriate brawl in Loveland.
The event, Night to Shine, gave bodies with appropriate needs the abounding brawl experience, including advice with hairstyling and makeup, shoeshines, a limo ride, a red carpet, a alive bandage for dancing and a adorned catered meal.
This year’s brawl was the third that Northern Colorado churches accept organized, beneath the advocacy of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which counted proms at 540 churches in 16 countries Friday night.
This brawl night, although beforehand than the bounded aerial schools agenda theirs, came backward for some of the revelers.
Nick Roussos of Loveland enters the architecture on a red carpeting amidst by “paparazzi” cameras during Night to Shine at Foundations Abbey in Loveland. (Thieng Mai / Loveland Reporter-Herald)
The Rev. Gary Glover, chief pastor of Grace Community Abbey in Loveland and one of the organizers, said his abbey had a accumulation of brawl dresses and apparel that bodies started altruistic as aboriginal as aftermost March. Guests for Night to Shine accept been endlessly in the accomplished two weeks to accept their brawl night finery.
“A adolescent man came in bygone — I accustomed him from back I acclimated to advise at Loveland Aerial School,” said Glover, who was a abecedary there from 1974 to 2002.
“He said, ‘I’ve never been to a brawl before. I don’t appetite to absence this,'” Glover said. “He’s apparently in his backward 30s. He didn’t accept that befalling in aerial school.”
The Northern Colorado Night to Shine has been growing back its aboriginal accident in 2016. Aftermost year, 400 guests and about 1,200 volunteers participated, Glover said, and because organizers accepted added in 2018, they confused the ball from Redeemer Lutheran Abbey in south Fort Collins to Foundations Abbey in Loveland.
This year, the allotment churches are Grace Community, Foundations and Crossroads in Loveland and Redeemer Lutheran and Timberline in Fort Collins. Mosaic, a faith-based alignment accouterment casework to bodies with appropriate needs, additionally is a sponsor.
Mitchell Pflieger of Windsor dances the night abroad during Night to Shine at Foundations Abbey in Loveland. Night to Shine is a appropriate accident to accord bodies with disabilities a adventitious to acquaintance a ball social. (Thieng Mai / Loveland Reporter-Herald)
For some adolescent women, the night started at Grace Community, area the abbey had set up 20 or 30 tables with mirrors and architecture supplies. Volunteers helped the guests with their beard and architecture and again beatific them off to the ball in limousines.
As the guests accustomed at Foundations and hit the red carpeting arch into the prom, they were greeted by affable “paparazzi” snapping photos. Participants anniversary accustomed a boutonniere or boutonniere and could get brawl portraits taken and accord karaoke a try.
The allotment churches advice armamentarium the event, which Glover said is absolutely expensive, forth with grants from Group Publishing, Thrivent Financial, Houska Automotive and added sponsors, and donations and appropriate discounts from Elli’s Deli, Blackjack Pizza and Rowe’s Flowers.
Glover said his admired allotment of the night comes about center through the program.
“There’s a consummate that takes abode in the average of the event,” he said. Anniversary actor has a accompaniment who stays with the bedfellow throughout the prom. “That accompaniment takes a acme and puts it on their head, so every being is a baron or queen.
“That’s absolutely special. There’s a lot of contentment and joy, and it’s fun to see that happen,” he said.
“We appetite to appearance the adulation of God to these bodies with appropriate needs,” Glover said. “Sometimes they’re overlooked, sometimes they don’t accept that affectionate of absorption … and we appetite them to feel like they’re the best adored being in God’s sight.”
Craig Young: 970-635-3634, [email protected], www.twitter.com/CraigYoungRH.
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