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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Guests

Who is invited to be a guest at Night to Shine?

Any person with a physical, cognitive, or developmental disability who is age 14 and up.

How much does it cost for a guest to attend Night to Shine?

Night to Shine is free for all guests and their parents!

Will guests be left alone at any point?

No. Every guest at Night to Shine is paired with a volunteer buddy for the evening. Buddies are responsible for accompanying and assisting their assigned guest throughout the entire evening, providing companionship and any assistance that the guest may need.


What is the dress code of the event?

Guests and parents are encouraged to dress up to their desired level of comfort-ability. It is a prom event and formal attire is largely represented but we want everyone to enjoy themselves and for some that may mean a more casual style. There will be a free Attire Night event for guests on January 17, 2019 to come and select gently used, donated attire for Night to Shine.

I want a family friend to be my child’s buddy. What do I do?

All buddies who are not an immediate family member will need to register as a volunteer buddy for the event. This person will then need to arrive at the same time as the guest so that they can be checked in together.

FAQs for Volunteers

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

All volunteers must in sixth grade for the current school year or older. Buddy volunteers must be 18 years of age or older on the day of the event.   Youth volunteers (11-17) will be assigned to specific teams such as show shine, hair & make-up, or red carpet. 


If I sign up to be a volunteer, will I receive training?

Absolutely! All of our volunteers will receive area specific training in January and follow-up from their Team Lead the week of the event. Training sessions are scheduled for Jan 14 and Jan 22, 2019. 


What time will I need to arrive on Friday, February 8th, 2019?

Each volunteer team will have a different arrival time on the day of the event. Your arrival time could be anywhere between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on that Friday. ALL VOLUNTEERS WILL NEED TO BE IN YOUR SERVING POSITIONS NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. If you will not be able to arrive by your team’s expected time, you will be unable to volunteer at the event. Please consider joining the Tear Down Team who will arrive at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

As a volunteer, what do I need to bring with me the night of the event?

We ask that volunteers bring as little as possible with them. There is a limited amount of space in the coat check area for personal belongings. Please try to leave as many things as possible in your vehicles.

Do I need experience as a buddy to serve at Night to Shine?

No. The primary requirement of a buddy is the desire to help a guest have the best night of their life. We will have buddy training sessions that will provide all the information and support needed for buddies to feel confident in making sure everyone has a great time.


What is the dress code of the event?

Night to Shine is a prom event and formal attire is largely represented but we want everyone to enjoy themselves. Dress code will vary depending on the area in which you are serving. Specific volunteer dress code will be covered throughout the volunteer process and at the training events.

FAQs for Parents & Care Providers

I am a parent of a guest at Night to Shine. What are my options?

We are so excited to have your loved one as a guest at Night to Shine. As a parent or care provider you have two options. First, you may choose to have dinner in our respite area on campus. The respite area has viewing windows so you can see the action on the main dance floor.  If you stay on campus, we ask you to remain in the designated respite area for crowd control reasons. Your second option is to check-in your loved one at Guest check-in and leave campus.  We ask that you leave a cell phone number for emergency contact and return to campus no later than 8:45 for guest pick-up. 

What if I am dropping my child off for the Night to Shine event?

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Please follow the parking attendants guidance to Guest Check-in lines before departing. The event will conclude at 9:00 p.m. Due to safety and security purposes, you will be required to check-out your loved one.

What is Night To Shine?

 A prom for people with special needs ages 14 and over, who will be our guests for the evening. Guests will be celebrated with a red carpet, crowns and tiaras, corsages and boutonnieres, limo rides, games, dancing, dinner, photo portraits and VIP treatment. The vision is to provide an unforgettable night full of faith, hope and love for the amazing people with special needs. 

When is Night To Shine?

Night To Shine 2019 will be Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  No early entry will be permitted.

Where is Night To Shine?

For the fourth year in a row, Perdido Bay United Methodist Church will host Night To Shine 2019. Our address is 13660 Innerarity Point Road, Pensacola, Florida.