2nd annual ‘Night to Shine’ a night to remember

RAPID CITY – People from all over gathered at the biggest party in Rapid City on Friday night.

The Night to Shine event is a prom night for teens and adults with disabilities. Rapid City’s second annual night to shine lets everyone in the community have a night of pomp and circumstance.

“Just for one night, we want to make you feel honored, we want to make you feel special and so when we see the smiles on their faces, we just light up ourselves,” said Bethel Church Pastor Keith Culver.

From the food, to the limo rides, to a walk down the red carpet, there’s no shortage of fun. A Night to Shine pairs community members up with buddies who dance, eat, and laugh the night away. The event is put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is held in over 500 communities around the world. It takes around 6 months to organize the night, from securing the donated space at Rushmore Mall to the food and limo services. Nearly 600 people, 200 guests and 300 volunteers make the night happen.

The volunteers shine a light on those who are sometimes forgotten about.

“It is their night to shine because they don’t normally get this kind of light, they don’t get the games and the dancing and the date and the red carpet,” said one volunteer, Tessa Walter. “And so its their night to enjoy their time. As a volunteer its our time to step back like, we get all of this, and allow all of these people to experience what we experience. It’s incredible.”

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