WARREN, Mich. - Last Friday, De La Salle Collegiate sophomore Seth Ray attended Night to Shine, which was a night to remember for the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs. The sixth annual event was celebrated in more than 700 churches around the world with approximately 115,000 honored guests through the support of 215,000 volunteers.
“It's a night for the special needs kids to know that they are loved by all and that they are the kings and queens,” Ray said. “Every attendee was treated like the king and queen of the prom.
“My experience doing it for the first time this year was absolutely amazing. Watching these kids smile from ear to ear as they walked down the red carpet and had paparazzi taking pictures of the guests and their dates. Having an impact on these kids’ lives and helping make their night special was an amazing feeling.”
Jo Marie Ragona, De La Salle’s director of Christian Services, calls Ray a service rock star.
“Seth Ray has such a big heart for children, for disabled, for his friends,” she said. “He really is a generous young man.”
As a freshman last year, Ray graciously volunteered his time at Bovenschen School's Fun Walk, Run and Roll. Bovenschen provides educational services for students, ages 3-26, with moderate to severe cognitive impairments.
Ragona sets up most of the volunteer opportunities for De La Salle students. However, Ray jumped at the Night to Shine chance through his church – Warren Woods Baptist Church.
“He’s going to be a service superstar,” Ragona said. “A lot of people, even adults feel awkward, but it’s something that has to come from your heart. You just can’t go through the motions. And he makes real connections with people.”