By Abby Trapp

Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church recently joined with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host a special evening for some important people.

The Night to Shine event put on recently by the church is a prom which invites VIPs (Very Inspiring People) who have special needs to attend. The proms, held in connection with the Tim Tebow Foundation, are organized by churches worldwide.

A Huffman Memorial United Methodist church parishioner was inspired to get involved with the foundation and the event after visiting Night to Shine prom two years ago.

“In February 2017, I went down to Night to Shine in Kansas City ... then I came back to my church and I thought it was a good thing to apply for, so I applied through the Tim Tebow Foundation,” Madison Sapp says.

A special-needs parishioner also inspired Sapp to reach out to the foundation and get her church involved.

“We have one VIP who’s attending and he’s been going to our church for quite some time,” Sapp said. “His name is Thomas and I grew up with him. He’s 33, nonverbal and sits in the second pew every Sunday at 9 o’clock.”

This was the second year Huffman has worked with foundation to host Night to Shine.

“One thing that is cool is that we are one of 650 churches worldwide to do it,” Sapp says. “We are given strict requirements by the foundation, a manual that we have to follow so all of our volunteers have to have background checks.”

There are three churches in the area that partner with Night to Shine — Huffman and two in Kansas City.

The foundation’s website lists the event as “... an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older.”

For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation or Night to Shine, visit

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