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Treasure Coast Night to Shine 2021

Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

With 126 registered guests and 18 last-minute attendees, the 2021 drive-thru/virtual Tim Tebow Foundation's Treasure Coast Night to Shine, organized locally by Genesis Community Church, provided a COVID-friendly alternative to the traditional, annual prom experience for individuals with special needs. 

Although the format changed, necessitating guests remain in their vehicles, attendees tuned into a designated radio station that played DJ Evan Nine's music.  Driving through the vast parking field at Clover Park, home of the Mets, they visited various stations. 

The sunny but breezy February evening helped establish a festive mood for all those involved, including individual volunteers, the Treasure Coast Jeep Club, St. Lucie County Fire Department, 501st Legion Everglades Squad, plus more than 40 members of St. Lucie County Sheriff's Department. 

Each stop along the way brought a new experience.  Photos of vehicles with the Night to Shine sign, painted messages on car windows, and swag bags that included bobblehead figures of NY Mets players are a few of the surprises received.

Other stations offered swag bags containing giant glow-sticks and popcorn.  And, what would the experience be without corsages, and boutonnieres, red carpet photos, the crowning of the Kings and Queens with crowns and tiaras?

Volunteers supplied loud cheers, applause, and festive greetings at the announcement of each special guest of honor!

Upon their return home, the kings and queens tuned in to a pre-recorded virtual experience featuring an introduction by Tim Tebow and wife Demi, music, dancing, karaoke, a VIP red carpet virtual entry into the party, and thoughtful greetings by country music star Carrie Underwood, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and many others!

Local sponsors include Colorado Pawn, St. Lucie Mets, Lloyd Allen Jewelry, Genesis Community Church, and Evan Nine Entertainment. 

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