Night to Shine Special Needs Prom

Tim Tebow Foundation, volunteers roll out red carpet for ‘Night to Shine’ in Ascension

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. – The stars will shine brightly Friday for royal guests of honor in the Baton Rouge metro area. 

The 10th annual Night to Shine will be celebrated in Prairieville and around the world on February 9. It’s a prom night experience held for individuals with special needs who range in age from 14 to 80. Every honored guest is walked down a red carpet, surrounded on both sides by paparazzi and crowned king or queen.

Why a red carpet? Former college and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who founded Night to Shine, believes it changes someone’s identity when they believe that they are important, valued, loved and special.

“In today’s society, red carpets signify excellence, they signify meaning, they signify VIP on this night,” Tebow told Jimmy Fallon. “In God’s eyes and I believe in my eyes, they are the true VIPs.”

It was started a decade ago by the Tim Tebow Foundation to honor those who often did not attend prom, homecoming or have a wedding. The event is hosted annually by churches in over 50 countries.

Friday will be the seventh year Fellowship Church in Prairieville has hosted their event. They expect approximately 180 kings and queens to walk the red carpet for the 2024 Night to Shine.

“It’s just a way to share the love of Christ with families who often just feel isolated or left out,” Alyssa Chauvin told UWK. “We just get to love them and celebrate them, they get to walk down the red carpet and be crowned king and queen of the prom.”

  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville
  • Night to Shine Fellowship Church Prairieville

Chauvin coordinates the event for Fellowship Church in Prairieville and leads a team of about 15 people. They’re expecting over 1,000 to attend tonight’s event from the honored guests, their parents and caregivers to hundreds of volunteers.

Victory Harvest Church in Baton Rouge is expecting 150 guests at their 5th annual celebration. It will include the crowning of kings and queens, music, dancing, corsages, boutonnieres and gift bags.

Churches in other part of Louisiana will also host events this evening.

The events are made possible through the Tim Tebow Foundation, local sponsors and over 400 volunteers from the Baton Rouge area. Chauvin said their “Night to Shine” in Prairieville is huge and continues to grow. While registration is closed this year, they are always looking for more people to participate or support the event.

“We have a Facebook page Night to Shine Fellowship Church, and we’d love to invite people from the community to volunteer with us,” Chauvin said. “We always need sponsors. It’s largely sponsored by the community. So, if local businesses or individuals are interested in helping to sponsor that’s always an option as well.”

If you’re interested in attending or supporting the 2025 Night to Shine or you want to learn more about the year-round activities for people with disabilities, parents and caregivers, visit the Fellowship Church in Prairieville website.

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