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Volunteers needed for 6th Annual Night to Shine event

Posted at 5:45 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 14:37:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Next week thousands of people from the all over the Southeast will gather right here in Tallahassee to celebrate the 6th Annual Night To Shine event.

Genesis Church in Tallahassee is organizing the "Pre-Prom Block Party" and need your help to make it a night to remember.

16-year-old Kimmy Harvin looked forward to Night to Shine every year.

"Kimmy loved Night to Shine. She loved the music the music was her favorite part," said James Harvin, Kimmy's father.

The annual event, hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation, gives people with special needs, like Kimmy, a chance to dress up and experience prom. Kimmy was born with down syndrome.

This year would have marked her fourth Night to Shine.

"It's just a special night for them."

But she died this past December from a pulmonary hypertension crisis which caused her heart to fail.

Her family still on a mission to make sure the event she loved so much lives on.

"What we are doing is anyone that wants to donate to Night to Shine for Kimmy, through the Kimmy Memorial fund, can donate money and it helps to cover some of the costs for Night to Shine," said Harvin.

Genesis Church in Tallahassee is organizing this year's Night to Shine event.

The theme pretty obvious is the Greatest Showman.

But more than the circus signs and red carpet decorations here they need volunteers.

"Currently right now we need 5-hundred buddies to go with our guests. it's a big number and this year we are really needing the community to rally because that's what this is about," said Scott Hunter, the Pastor at Genesis Church.

Staff are expecting anywhere from four to five thousand people to attend Night to Shine.

Genesis church will train each volunteer so no prior experience is needed.

"For all the Kimmys of the world, please come volunteer and change their world. This one night means everything to them," said Hunter.

A Night to Shine will take place February 7 at the North Florida Fairgrounds at 6 p.m.

The event is free for those who want to participate.

To sign up to volunteer or donate to Kimmy's Memorial Fund, click here.