ODON — The red carpet has been rolled up at WestGate Academy but the memories created during Friday evening’s Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine will last forever.

Antioch Christian Church was just one of more than 720 churches across the United States and around the world that hosted Night to Shine. Held for the fourth time at WestGate Academy, dozens of volunteers helped provide well over 180 special kings and queens with a prom-like experience complete with dinner, dancing and crowns.

“As I reflect on year six of Night to Shine, I can’t help but think how incredibly unique each event is around the world and even around the country. From cities like Rome, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles, to Jinga, Uganda, Neply, Haiti, Kolkata, India, and Mazatlan, Mexico ... the cultures are as different as the many languages, but the language of God’s love transcends them all,” said Tim Tebow. “The reach of this worldwide movement to share faith, hope and love is truly humbling and encouraging. Seeing the faces of these kings and queens being loved and celebrated across the globe, knowing each one of them is being shown the truth that they are significant, valuable and worthy — I can’t help but get emotional. It’s a dream come true seeing so many people come together from around the world to experience this one night, and see each face reflect the love of Christ in their joyful smiles and beautiful spirits.”

The night was especially memorable for Night to Shine King Luke from Oakland City and Queen Samantha from Hazelton who got engaged.

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