Angie Robin, dressed in a layered hot pink formal gown and a crown, seemed to float on a cloud of royalty as she waved to her subjects. She left no doubt that she enjoyed the Night to Shine held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Friday, Feb 9.

“Y.E.S. — Yes!,” she screamed.

Robin was one of 210 guests who participated in the local Night to Shine, a prom-like event for people with special needs, said Alyssa Chauvin, one of nine coordinating team members who planned the event.

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, focuses on people with special needs ages 14 and older.

On. Feb. 9, more than 540 churches from around the world hosted Night to Shine events for near 90,000 guests through the support of 175,000 volunteers.

Chauvin said volunteers from two churches, Fellowship Church in Prairieville and Hosanna First in Baton Rouge, collaborated to host and plan the event with funding from the foundation and local donations.

Caregivers of the guests were treated to gumbo, games, prizes, hand massages and manicures. Volunteers from an Ascension Parish vintage car club gave rides to prom-goers and their buddies, a group of young people who escorted each guest for the entire night.

Chauvin said the goals of the evening included showing compassion and inclusion. “We want to show the love of Christ to these people who sometimes get left out or excluded,” she said. “We just want to show them that God loves them, and we love them and we want to have a special, amazing night for them.”