It’s all about spreading the love.

Bridge Christian Church in Chattanooga will host their second prom for individuals with special needs Friday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The special event will take place at The Chattanoogan Hotel’s ballroom.


According to a release from the church, SHINE will be an “incredible evening to shower individuals with special needs and their families with love, dinner, dancing, pampering and warm fellowship.”

The event is free and open to all Chattanooga-area residents with special needs, their families and caregivers.

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The theme for the evening is “O Happy Days,” and guests are encouraged to dress down for the event in jeans and T-shirts or outfits representing the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s.

David Sternberg is pastor of Bridge Christian Church. He said SHINE was designed to bring joy.

“Last year’s event was incredible and enjoyed by everyone who attended,” he said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for church members and volunteers to serve special needs families.”

SHINE is treated just like an actual prom.

Upon arrival, a professional photographer will take photos on the “red carpet.” Attendees will be treated to hair styling and makeup design, and a dinner will be prepared by Adam Roe, The Chattanoogan’s executive chef.

But the night is also about pampering the selfless caregivers who work day in and out.

Guests will be escorted by volunteers while caregivers experience the “caregiver relaxation room.” Massages, manicures and pedicures will be provided at no charge.