What is Night To Shine:
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people
with special needs, ages 14 and older. Vertical Church in Elizabethtown, NC will serve as one
of the more than 700 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine simultaneously on
Friday, February 7, 2020.
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, shoeshine 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 king or queen of the prom.
Who Can Attend Night to Shine:
Any person with a physical, cognitive, or developmental disability who is age 14 and up.
When is Night to Shine:
When: Friday February 7, 2020
Time: 5 pm to 9:pm
Location: The Venue at Regal Resort, White Lake, NC
Address: 1564 White Lake Drive White Lake, NC 28337
What is the Dress Code for Night to Shine:
Guests and parents are encouraged to dress up to their desired level of comfortability. It
is a prom event and formal attire is largely represented and encouraged. Ladies will be
in formal dresses and men will be in tuxedos. We do want everyone to enjoy themselves
and for some that may mean a more casual style. Make your style represent you so you
can have wonderful night.
What can a Guest Expect to Experience:
Upon arrival each guest and/or parent will be checked in and registered. Once registered you
will be introduced to a Buddy. The Buddy will be your personal escort for the event. Every
guest of Night to Shine enters the event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a
friendly crowd and paparazzi. Guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup
touch-up stations, shoeshine stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke
room, catered dinner, prom favors for each honored guest, a Respite Room for parents and
caregivers and, of course, dancing! Each honored guest receives a crown or tiara because
YOU are all kings and queens!
What is a Buddy:
A Buddy is a volunteer who will be with a guest helping them party the night away.
Responsibilities include accompanying and assisting assigned guest throughout the evening,
providing companionship and any assistance they may need during the event, sitting with their
guest during dinner and engaging with them in conversation.
How do I Register:
All guest and parents that will be attending Night to Shine as a Guest, Buddy, Volunteer, or
attending the Parent Night Out Dinner, must register. Please visit www.govertical.org or
www.govertical.org/night-to-shine for registration.
Is there a cost to attend Night to Shine:
Night to Shine is free for all guest and parents.
What are options for Parents during Night to Shine:
We would like to celebrate parents and caretakers as well during this event. As a parent
or caretaker, you have the following options.
1. After registering your child, you may leave the event. Your child will be taken
care of by our volunteers and personal buddies. You may return at 9 pm and pick
up your child in the registration tent.
2. You may attend our Parents Night Out Dinner in out Respite Room. A dinner with
music and entertainment will be provided to parents during the event. You must
register for this event when you register your guest. On the guest registration
form check “enjoying respite room” when asked “Parent/Caretaker will be…”.
Limit to 2 per guest.
3. If you would like to stay with your child during the prom, you will need to register
as a buddy volunteer. You will be limited to 2 person per child. Your child will not
be buddied with another volunteer. You will be your child’s buddy for the night.
4. You may participate in the event as a volunteer. Register as a volunteer and we
will connect you with the volunteer team.
What is the Parents Night Out Dinner:
5. A dinner and entertainment will be provided for parents and caretakers if they so
wish to attend. The event will be in our Respite Room, which will be at the same
location as the prom. You must register for this event when you register your
guest. On the guest registration form check “enjoying respite room” when asked
“Parent/Caretaker will be…”. Limit to 2 per guest. Additional details will be
provided as parents and caretakers register.
What if a parent or family members wants to attend the event with the guest:
A parent or family member attending the prom with the guest must register as a
volunteer and list specifically that they will be attending as a buddy. You will be
registered with your guest as a buddy. No more that two people can attend with a guest.
How do I register Children from a group home:
Group Home and Social Worker registrations will need to be done by appointment.
Please fill out the appointment request form for group home and a time will be scheduled
for one of our teams to come to your facility and do a personalized registration session.
We ask that social workers or those registering multiple guests who are not related to
them also use this process. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER INDIVIDUALS USING THE
GUEST REGISTRATION FORM. Please contact Brandon Meadows to request an
What if I am dropping my child off for the Night to Shine event?
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Please park and escort your child up to the check in tents
before departing. You will receive a security tag that matches a number on your Childs
name tag. You will need this security tag when picking your guest up after the event.
The event will conclude at 9:00 p.m. Due to safety and security purposes, you will not be
allowed to enter the event. Please park and walk up the event entrance and wait for your
child to exit.
Are guests allowed to come as a couple, do they still need two buddies?
Yes, they can come together! Only one buddy will be provided to the guest during the event.