An Unforgettable Prom Night

On February 8th, 2019 at Eikon Church we’ll come together with over one hundred volunteers and professionals to create an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. It will be incredible!

Guest Information

Volunteer Information

 

What to Expect

Guest Arrival

Check in and meet your buddy! Guests will be matched with their Buddy. Buddies will serve as escorts, ensuring all guests have a safe and enjoyable evening.

Salon and Barbershop Experience

Each guest will receive VIP treatment starting with the Salon and Barbershop experience. Professional stylists will pamper female guests as they enjoy hair and makeup touch-ups, followed by the opportunity to choose their own corsage. Male guests will look their best after hair touch-ups and boutonniere selection.

Prom Activities

Upon arriving at prom, guests will be greeted by friendly paparazzi as they take their stroll down the red carpet! Each guest will commemorate his or her evening with a professional photo and have a chance to take a limo ride! The evening continues with dinner, dancing, coronation of prom kings and queens, karaoke and a photo booth!

Dress To Shine

Don’t have a prom dress or suit? Come get one! Come shop for your perfect prom dress or suit, free of charge! Exact sizes and clothing are not guaranteed. Dress to Shine shopping will be available Sunday, January 20th, 2019. Contact us for more information.

This event is created to celebrate guests with special needs and their parents/guardians. For this reason we do not allow parents or individuals with special needs to volunteer on this night.

All volunteers must be 14 years old and above and are required to attend our training. The training will be held Sunday, January 27th at Eikon Church.

We have two categories of teams you can volunteer for:

 

Buddy Team

Each of our honored guests will have a buddy. This is an essential part of our guest experience. Accompany and assist assigned guest throughout the evening, providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event. Sit with their guest during dinner and engage with them in conversation. And of course hit the dance floor with your buddy! All Buddies will be assigned a guest the night of the event.

Event Teams

  • Entertainment Team: Karaoke, photography, dance floor, photo booth, red carpet.
  • Check-In Team: Volunteer and guest check-in.
  • Medical Team: Nurses, EMT, medical professionals.
  • Transportation/ Security Team: Limo assistants, parking lot, hosts, floaters.
  • Hospitality Team: Parent respite room, coat check, sensory area.
  • Creative Shine Team: set up, tear down, environment design.

Check out some highlights from the 2018 Night to Shine Prom at Eikon:

Frequently Asked Questions

How would you define an individual with special needs?

The event is open to anyone with physical, developmental, or cognitive special needs, ages 14 and older. We do not have specific guidelines for the eligibility of guests in relation to the legitimacy or severity of their disabilities.

What is the minimum age for Night to Shine guests?

Night to Shine is for anyone with special needs, ages 14 and older. There is no age maximum.

If guests come as a couple, do we still need two buddies?

We recommend two buddies, as you will want to be fully prepared for bathroom breaks, assisting your guests with food, dancing, etc.

Do you require background checks for volunteers under age 18?

If you have children under age 18 who would like to volunteer, please have their parents or guardians sign a permission release. We also recommend adult supervision for volunteers under the age of 16.

Can a guest bring their own buddy?

Typically, we recommend not pre-assigning buddies, however, we understand that in some cases a relationship may have been established prior to Night to Shine. If a guest would like to bring their own buddy, that is perfectly fine, provided their buddy registers as a volunteer, attends volunteer training and receives a background check for the safety of all the honored guests at the event.

Do we have to assign a buddy to a guest who is attending with a parent or caregiver?

A buddy needs to be assigned to each guest. However, we can make exceptions for guests who need their parent/caregiver with them throughout the night due to their needs. We strongly encourage all parents and caregivers to take advantage of the Respite Room, if possible. If a parent/caregiver needs to spend the evening with their child/guest, we ask that they register as a buddy, complete volunteer training and a background check.