Night to Shine still in need of volunteers

Jan. 25—VINCENNES — Night to Shine, the annual event that provides a prom-like experience for persons 14 and older with special needs, will return to an in-person evening gala on Feb. 10.

"Night to Shine is so important to our kings and queens," said Kimberly Burkhart, one of the organizers for the event that is part of the Tim Tebow Foundation.

To make the night possible, Burkhart said volunteers are still needed. Restroom attendants, servers, photographers and more are needed to help create the perfect prom-like experience for kings and queens.

"We have the respite room covered but there are lots of ways people can volunteer," said Burkhart adding volunteers pay $25 to participate and that includes paying for their background check. The rest of the money goes to help offset the cost of the event. "There's a spot for everyone to help."

The 2023 edition of the popular event will see some changes.

"We will be having Night to Shine at Highland Woods in Vincennes. Kings and queens will meet at Bethany Christian Church on Willow Street in Vincennes and then will be taken via limo to Highland Woods," said Burkhart

Burkhart said Highland Woods can hold 150 kings and queens plus their buddies, volunteers who help make the night fun and successful for the special guests.

"Our in-person registration is now closed but we still have a few spots for those wanting to participate in our virtual event. Virtual kings and queens will still receive their crown and goodie bag," she said.

Meeting at Bethany's Vincennes campus will allow kings and queens a chance to participate in other activities before heading to Highland Woods, located along Hart Street.

"Everyone will start out at Bethany's Vincennes location. Kings and queens will get their hair and make-up done. They will walk the red carpet, have their pictures taken and will then take a limo to Highland Woods," said Burkhart, adding arrival times will be staggered this year. "Once they arrive at Highland Woods, they will get their meal before other events get started."

Caregivers will stay at Bethany where they will also be treated to a meal while their kings and queens dance the night away.

For more information or to register as a volunteer visit Night to Shine's local event website www.nighttoshinewashingtonin.com.