Night to Shine: A Prom Experience Celebrating People With Special Needs

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Several events are taking place simultaneously in our area today.  These happenings tie into a global event aimed at creating a lot of smiles!  It's called "Night To Shine" which is a prom experience for people with special needs, ages 14 and up.  The worldwide event will play out today at 375 churches with help from 150,000 volunteers and will include 75,000 guests.

Closer to home, Community Baptist Church in Montoursville and Parker Hill Church, based in Dickson City, are hosting celebrations.    Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey got a look at the two on tap in Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre at 6 p.m. which still have room for additional guests.


  • WHAT: Night to Shine
  • WHY: A prom for people with special needs
  • WHEN:  Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: 1) Parker Hill Church, 933 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City and
    2) Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market Street, Wilkes-Barre
  • COST:  Free to participant (must be 14 and older)

PRE-REGISTER: This is encouraged. Click here, to get involved!

WHAT TO WEAR: Head here for details on where to find discounted formal wear.

FAQ: Click this link for more answers to frequently asked questions.

ABOUT NIGHT TO SHINE (from the organizers): On one night, February 10, 2017, churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests and we want you to be a part of it!

Every guest of Night to Shine will enter their prom on a red carpet complete with welcoming friendly paparazzi.

Once inside guests will receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room and of course, dancing!

The highlight of the night will come when every one of the Night to Shine guests is crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

See all of the Night to Shine events here.

1 Comment

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    That’s really sweet — however, in the interest of inclusivity they should be allowed to attend their school proms as well. As the parent of a special needs son (who didn’t want to go to prom, much to my consternation) — the importance of inclusivity both socially, and educationally is paramount for children with special needs. They go much further in life if they are included with their peers of all abilities.

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