A Night of Stars

A Prom Experience For Those With Special Needs

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A Prom Experience For Those With Special Needs
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A Night of Stars, hosted by West Side Christian Church, is BACK! Those with special needs, ages 14+ are invited to join us as we roll out the red carpet for a night of dancing, food, photos and royal treatment!

April 28, 2023 | 6:00-8:00 PM


A Night of Stars

Participants with special needs (ages 14+) will walk the red carpet and enjoy a night of dancing, food, photos and "royal" treatment!

Every participant will be partnered with a background-checked, personal buddy who has been trained in advance to care for their needs and make them feel like a million bucks.

Have questions? contact Stephanie Dugan, our Director of Care Ministry.

Registration closed April 21, 2023!

"When Micah stepped onto the dance floor his apprehension faded away. He danced and danced and danced in his own beautiful way, and he came alive!"

-Matt, father of a past participant


A Night of Stars

Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone with special needs? Plan to join us on Friday, April 28, for A Night of Stars! Whether you volunteer as a one-on-one buddy to someone with special needs or join one of our many other teams (decor, food, games and activities, parking lot, etc.), your role will greatly impact EVERYONE who attends!

Volunteer registration is full!

“Volunteering at A Night of Stars was an UNFORGETTABLE experience. I can’t wait to do it again!”

-Lisa, past Night of Stars Volunteer

Business Partners

A Night of Stars

Do you own a business or organization? If so, we'd love for you to partner with us to make A Night of Stars an unforgettable experience. Partnering is easy, here's some ways you can participate:

  • Donate or deeply discount products and services.
  • Provide a cash donation to help cover other expenses.
  • Contact us with a creative idea we might not have considered.

Let us know if you have something you'd like to share!

Partner View Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

A: So much fun! We'll start the night by getting everyone checked in. They'll then be given a crown or tiara and welcomed into our photo space operated by professional photographers. Each participant will have their picture taken with their caretakers and/or group. We'll then match them with a one-on-one Buddy, and they'll be taken into the prom, where everyone will be announced and celebrated as they enter! From there, participants can dance the night away, take a ride on the party bus, snap a pic at the photobooths, enjoy snacks and refreshments and utilize our sensory and activity rooms.

A: Registration is required in advance. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.

A: Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come as they are! Wanna suit up? Wear that fancy dress? T-shirt and jeans more your speed? All styles are welcome at A Night of Stars!

A: Nope! A Night of Stars is a completely FREE event!

A: We have an incredible team of trained and background-checked 'Buddies' who are excited to spend the evening one-on-one with each participant. Because we want to celebrate caretakers just like you as well, we ask that you utilize the Caretaker Lounge, where we'll provide refreshments, prizes and loads of fun!

A: No. However, we will provide drinks, refreshments, and snacks to both participants and Caretakers.

A: Please note allergies on your participant's registration form. We'll then provide these details to each Buddy. Drinks and snacks that accommodate any food allergy/restriction will be available.

A: Every Night of Stars volunteer goes through a detailed training process that includes: coaching for their designated role, a detailed background check and training specific to working with individuals with special needs. We'll also have a trained safety and security team for the event.

A: A fully equipped and staffed sensory room and a separate activity room will be available to any participant looking for a calmer or quieter experience.

2023 Night of Stars Partners

ABF Classes

Thank you to the TNT, Beau Knots and Homebuilders Bible Studies at West Side for their generous group donations!

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Executive Transportation

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Flourish Flower Company

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Freestyle Apparel

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Gordon Food Service

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Griffitts Construction

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Heartland Coca Cola

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Incredibly Delicious

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J&M Displays, Inc

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Lanphier Trades Program

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Luxe Entertainment

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Nelsons Catering

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Papa Johns

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Ralph Irons with Sam's Club

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Ri & Co Salon

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Robert Reynolds with Fun DMC

Robert Reynolds is the lead guy for Fun DMC, the perfect band for any event, big or small! Want to surprise your audience with something different and entertaining? Featuring the greatest pop, rock, and dance songs from every decade, Fun DMC are no strangers to weddings, corporate events, private parties and more.

Signature Event Rental

Signature Event Rental is a leader in full-service event rental with an unmatched selection of quality equipment at a price that fits every budget for any event.

SpringHealth Behavioral Health & Integrated Care

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Staab Funeral Home

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Taft’s Food Concessions

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Three Twigs and Co.

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Tom Anderson - An Event Design

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Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home

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