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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

January 29, 2018

College of the Ozarks to host third Night to Shine event for guests with special needs

C of O alumna enjoys Nigh to Shine with special guest.College of the Ozarks alumna Naomi Parker, right, enjoys the second annual Night to Shine at College of the Ozarks with her guest, Latasha Wolfe.

Event to take place Friday, Feb. 9, at The Keeter Center

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host its third Night to Shine, sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in the Silver Dollar City Parlor at The Keeter Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

This is an invitation-only, prom-like event for guests with special needs in Stone and Taney Counties. Approximately 100 guests are expected to attend.

“We are excited to host Night to Shine again this year at College of the Ozarks,” said Dr. Justin Carswell, vice president for Christian ministries. “The event is a wonderful evening for our students to impact and influence others with the love of Christ. It is our intention to put hands and feet to Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

College of the Ozarks hosted Night to Shine in 2016 and 2017. Both met with great excitement and participation by the College and community. Approximately 250 students are signed up to help with this year’s activities. Maalek Getchell, alumnus of the College, will serve as DJ for the dance party, a major highlight of the evening.

Night to Shine is a worldwide movement changing Valentine’s Day weekend into a celebration of God’s love of people with special needs. Last year, the Night to Shine event saw 375 churches, 150,000 volunteers, and 75,000 honored guests come together across all 50 states and eleven countries to create not just a nationwide event, but a worldwide movement, celebrating people with special needs. This year, more than 540 churches from around the world will come together to host Night to Shine for approximately 90,000 honored guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.

“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 want each guest to have the best night of their year at Night to Shine,” Carswell said.

A VIP event

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 include the following:

·         Barnabas Prep

·         Chances of Stone County

·         Developmental Connections/ Tantone Industries

·         LinkAbility

·         New Hope Development/ Cedar Creek Coffee

“Night to Shine is truly an amazing opportunity for our honored guests with special needs,” said Cathy Brown, director of service coordination, LinkAbility. “And even more than that, it is also an opportunity for parents to get together and to bond and share experiences.”

About Tim Tebow

Tebow is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. Tebow played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and New England Patriots. He 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

The 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 Adoption Aid, Night to Shine, Orphan Care, Team Tebow, Tebow CURE Hospital, Timmy’s Playrooms, and W15H. For more information on the Tim Tebow Foundation, please visit

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. 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 No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


01.29.18 – Michael Galioto


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