February 10, 2017
College of the Ozarks hosts Night to Shine event for guests with special needs Senior Naomi Parker, right, enjoys the second annual Night to Shine at College of the Ozarks with her guest, Latasha Wolfe. (Photo by Lauren Presley)
Hillary Urbec and her date, Brian Reed, make a grand entrance on the red carpet with C of O students Miles Mrowiec, junior, and Paige Arnett, senior. (Photo by Lauren Presley)
Night to Shine special guests and College of the Ozarks student volunteers dance the night away at the event hosted at The Keeter Center. (Photo by Shann Swift)
Each special guest of Night to Shine is crowned king or queen of the prom-like event. (Photo by Shann Swift)
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks hosted the second annual Night to Shine, sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation, this evening, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in the Silver Dollar City Parlor at The Keeter Center from 6 to 9 p.m.
The prom-like event provided an evening to remember for the 100 guests with special needs in Stone and Taney Counties. More than 250 College of the Ozarks students volunteered to help with the festivities — helping with hair and makeup, providing shoe shines, greeting the guests as they entered on the red carpet, and serving as “buddies” or chaperones for the entire evening.
Senior Paige Arnett, business management major, spent the evening with Hillary Urbec and Brian Reed, guests with whom she had become friends last year.
“Brian, my girl’s date, talked about how he loved the event so much,” Arnett said. “He was so glad that he was able to come back for another night and dance again!”
Senior Naomi Parker, business administration major, said, “My buddy is having the time of her life. She gets to show off her best dance moves, and we all enjoy having a blast on the dance floor together.”
Nathan Miller, senior biblical and theological studies major, announced guests as they entered the Royal Oak Forum and red carpet areas for the event. Savannah Faught, senior graphic arts major, played the harp as part of the evening’s entertainment, and Maalek Getchell, senior culinary arts and business administration major, served as DJ for the dance party, another highlight of the evening.
“I was so excited to be able to participate in Night to Shine,” Arnett said. “This event is one of my favorite events of the year because we are able to not only reach out to the community, but we are able to share an unforgettable evening with some of the most incredible people I have ever met. It blows my mind that we have so many young people who are so ready and willing to serve others, no matter how busy or crazy their lives are. This night is incredible for the guests and unforgettable for the students.”
Night to Shine is a worldwide movement changing Valentine’s Day weekend into a celebration of God’s love of people with special needs. This year, the event took place in 375 churches, across all 50 states, and in 11 different countries.
“We were excited to host Night to Shine again this year at College of the Ozarks,” said Dr. Justin Carswell, vice president for Christian ministries. “Being connected with this foundation helps us be part of an international movement to share God’s love with those families and communities who are often forgotten. I hope each guest had the best night of their year at Night to Shine.”
Guests for this year’s invitation-only Night to Shine event were chosen with the help of several agencies in Taney and Stone Counties that provide services to people with special needs. Participating agencies included the following:
New Hope Development/ Cedar Creek Coffee
Chances of Stone County
For more information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.
About Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman Trophy winner. Tebow is currently signed to play professional baseball with the New York Mets and is a college football analyst for the SEC Network. Prior to joining the SEC Network, Tebow played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and New England Patriots.
Tebow also contributes to a variety of ESPN platforms including Sports Center, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary SEC player himself.
Tebow grew up the son of missionaries, and even after moving to Florida as a child, he returned to the Philippines as a teenager—to spread God’s word, and do the Lord’s work, by serving the needy. He carried that calling with him to the University of Florida, where in addition to leading the Gators to two national championships and winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007, he also devoted himself to charity—raising money for pediatric cancer patients and disadvantaged children.
About Tim Tebow Foundation
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, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org
About College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”
The Keeter Center — the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.
To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.
02.10.17 – Valorie Coleman