“Night to Shine” illuminates special needs community
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 2920 Lake Arthur Dr., rolled out the red carpet for one magical night. Churchgoers, volunteers and buddies attended the second annual “Night to Shine” event to celebrate the special needs community in a night of royalty.
“Night to Shine” is an annual event launched around the world by the Tim Tebow Foundation to provide an unforgettable prom experience for young adults with special needs.
Pastor Dustin Guidry joined more than 500 churches worldwide to bring the event to Port Arthur for the second year in a row.
“The night was magical,” Guidry said. “I didn’t think we could top last year, but we did. The smiles, the laughs on all of our guests’ and volunteers’ faces, it’s just magical. It speaks loudly for everybody that attended that they are blessed beyond measure.”
The night included a jam-packed dance floor, photo booth, karaoke, food provided by Chick-fil-A and more than 50 other volunteer vendors, media and red carpet cheerleaders.
Guidry said the event exceeded their expectations, drawing in 151 honored guests, 162 event volunteers and 183 buddy volunteers. Even though the confetti is just now settling, Guidry said they are already looking forward to next year.
“We have our first board meeting this week to debrief what went well and what can be better next year,” he said. “It was so amazing, we are already looking forward to 2021.”
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