Bethel Church honored for its volunteer work with “Night to Shine”
RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday night at City Council a pastor and his church were honored with the “Above and Beyond” award. The award is from the city’s Disabilities Committee and is given to someone who has made a difference for people with disabilities.
Bethel Assembly of God Church and Pastor Keith Culver were recognized for hosting and organizing “Night to Shine.” Culver is the pastor for the Bethel Church campus located off of North Maple Ave.
“Night to Shine” is similar to prom, but it is specifically for people with disabilities. This was the second year that the church organized the event. The first year it was at the church and this year they hosted it in the empty building at Rushmore Mall- which was once Sears. “Night to Shine” is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and it is a worldwide event.
The whole night was manned by volunteers from several local churches. Attendees arrived in limos and volunteers also did hair and makeup for those who wanted it.
“Our volunteers were incredible. The first year they didn’t really know what to expect. Second year they jumped on with everything they had. They did everything from set up to tear down. We had teams that would take weeks off of work to come in and just to set up and get everything ready from registration to buddies,” said Culver.
Bethel hopes to continue hosting the event in western South Dakota for many years to come.