JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Christian Examiner) -- The Tim Tebow foundation will make February 13 a "Night to Shine" for nearly 5,000 special needs individuals across the U.S. as they celebrate the organization's 5-year anniversary.
Each participating location will host about 100 people for a night of dinner and dancing as up to 50 churches nationwide will simultaneously host the red-carpet "Night to Shine" proms.
From coast to coast, the events are scheduled to take place from Michigan to California. One event is scheduled in Uganda. All will give participants a celebrity experience complete with limousine rides, paparazzi, beauty salons and more.
While the former NFL quarterback's foundation has hosted similar events in years past, the coordinated proms are a first for the charitable organization.
"The Tim Tebow Foundation has a heart for people with special needs and to celebrate our 5-year anniversary we wanted to create a brighter day for people with special needs. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience a prom where they feel loved and welcomed and we pray this event will positively impact the lives of thousands of people across the country," Tim Tebow Foundation Executive Director Erik Dellenback, told Christian Examiner.
"This event perfectly fits our mission to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need," Tebow told the Inquisitor.
In it's five-year existence, the Tim Tebow Foundation has had a broad reaching, world-wide impact through its various initiatives including Orphan Care which currently supports more than 1,700 orphans in four countries and the w15h initiative that helps fulfill the dreams of children who face life-threatening illnesses.
Most recently, Tebow opened the Tebow CURE Hospital in the Phillipines Davao City, to provide "physical and spiritual healing" for children who could not otherwise afford healthcare.
"I have always had a great love and passion for the Filipino people... It is so exciting to be able to provide healing and care for these incredibly deserving children halfway around the world," said Tebow.