Church to hold prom for special needs adults

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:11:07-05

The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches and its Through the Roof ministry for individuals with special needs has been selected to host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, on Friday, Feb. 12 at the church, located at 900 Brandywine Road in West Palm Beach.

The church is inviting the public to donate new or gently used evening wear and accessories for the participants to wear to the prom.  Volunteers are also needed and can complete an application form on the church website at  Volunteers must attend one of two orientation sessions on Saturday, February 6 at 11 a.m. or Monday, February 8th at 7 p.m.  Contact the church at 561-687-5411 to coordinate drop off of your donated items.

Every guest of Night to Shine will enter their prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming friendly paparazzi. Once inside, guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and dancing.  The highlight of the night will come when each Night to Shine guest is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

“We are thrilled that the members of our Through the Roof ministry will have this opportunity to go to prom, something most of them have not experienced,” said The Rev. Phyllis Parthemer, Through the Roof Ministry co-chair.  “It will be a night they, and all of us, will always cherish.  We are especially grateful that the Tim Tebow Foundation has chosen to include our group in this amazing movement.”

“We are honored to be able to work with so many churches across the country and around the world to impact the lives of people with special needs,” said Erik Dellenback, executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “After such an amazing response to the inaugural event held in 44 locations earlier this year, our prayer is that this event will one day change the face of Valentine’s Day weekend from simply a celebration of love, to a celebration of God’s love for people with special needs.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with a detailed instruction manual, a Prom Kit complete with decorations and gifts for the guests, financial support and individualized staff guidance.

During Night to Shine 2015, 44 hosts churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor the more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. This year, the host churches are expected to see more than 20,000 people with special needs at prom all at one time around the world.

The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches has been serving the needs of the people of Palm Beach County for more than a century.  It is a multi-cultural, multi-generational congregation worshiping in both contemporary and traditional settings, with mission efforts both locally and in several locations throughout the world. For more information, visit or call 561-687-5411.

For more information on this worldwide movement and to support the continued growth of Night to Shine with a donation, visit:

The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. That mission is being fulfilled every day through the foundation’s seven areas of outreach, including W15H, Timmy’s Playrooms, Orphan Care, Adoption Aid, the Tebow CURE Hospital, Team Tebow and Night to Shine. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit