Young people with special needs often miss out on some of the defining moments of adolescence. One of those is prom night. All that changed on Feb. 10, when the Tim Tebow Foundation\u2019s Night to Shine event rocked Grace Community Church in New Canaan. The church partnered with STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, to bring young adults with special needs, their \u201cbuddy\u201d peers, parents, and volunteers together for an evening of fun and celebration. At the event was Joey McFadden of Wilton, who was buddied up with Ethan Hughes of New Canaan, who has Down syndrome. \u201cEthan is incredible,\u201d said Joey, who is a senior at Wilton High School. \u201cHe is very high-functioning and I was able to have a great time with him.\u201d He described his buddy as \u201cjust a normal kid who likes watching TV and taking courses.\u201d Ethan, he said, \u201cwas very excited for Night to Shine. He could not stop raving about it.\u201d \u201cIt was a fantastic event,\u201d Joey said. \u201cIt was great that they could give kids who don\u2019t have the opportunity to go to their own high school prom to be king and queen of this dance,\u201d Joey said. Grace Community Church was one of 380 locations worldwide to simultaneously host the event where a personal message of greeting from Tim Tebow welcomed participants, who were encouraged to \u201chave fun, dance the night away, and realize that each individual makes a unique contribution to make our world better for all.\u201d Guests were each recognized as kings or queens and enjoyed festivities including a celebrity-style red carpet greeting, crowning ceremony, stylish decorations, catered food and beverages, paparazzi parade, photo booth, dancing with a DJ, and karaoke.Joey said participating in Night to Shine was a natural for him. Joey\u2019s late sister Melissa had Down syndrome, and when he was very young she was involved with STAR. Joey\u2019s father, Jack, is a former president of STAR. The organization serves individuals with disabilities and their families, from birth to their senior years. Services are provided in Norwalk, New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, Westport, and Darien. \u201cI grew up hanging around their events,\u201d Joey said. \u201cMy Eagle Scout project was a garden at STAR. So I decided to have some more fun with them.\u201d Joey plans on majoring in business management at college, but he expects to continue being part of the organization. \u201cI will always be available to them,\u201d he said.Click here to learn more about the Tim Tebow Foundation. To learn more about STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, visit starct.org. The official Night to Shine video from the Tim Tebow Foundation: https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=kfSLyfFwDks.