Night to Shine

From left, Benjamin Bonura and Valerie Hooge exit a limo and make the star walk down the red carpet during “Night to Shine,” a prom-like experience for people with special needs held locally at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Friday, Feb. 8. “Night to Shine” is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

A group of 20 Live Oak High students shined their shoes and high heels, put on their sharpest tuxedos and fanciest dresses, and enjoyed the star treatment during “Night to Shine,” a prom-like experience for people with special needs.

Night to Shine, sponsored by the faith-based Tim Tebow Foundation, focuses on people with special needs ages 14 and older and invites them to an unforgettable night of dancing, food and entertainment.

On Friday, Feb. 8 — the fifth anniversary of “Night to Shine” — more than 100,000 guests attended proms held in 655 churches worldwide, thanks to help from more than 200,000 volunteers, according to the foundation’s website.

This year, “Night to Shine” was held locally at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, where prom goers and their dates were treated like rock stars. They rode in a limo, walked down the red carpet, enjoyed food and games, took more photos than they could count, and danced the night away.

At the end of the night, guests were given a crown or a tiara to take home.

This was Live Oak High’s fourth year to participate in the “Night to Shine,” which was held in eight other locations across Louisiana this year.

For more information about “Night to Shine,” visit

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