For the past couple years, North Jacksonville (Florida) Baptist Church has been hosting a free formal event called the "Best Night Ever" for special needs kids and adults from the church and its surrounding community. The night begins with a red carpet entrance complete with "Paparazzi" photographers. Each attendee is paired with a volunteer date who accompanies them through the evening's festivities, including a makeover, a photo booth, a dessert buffet, a dance, and a show with a local illusionist.
The event has garnered a lot of community support, and the local chapter of the Down Syndrome Association has recommended it to its member families. "The families who participate always respond that they are overwhelmed that something like this is being offered, especially for older individuals with special needs," associate pastor Josh Revis said, "It has been a wonderful witness in our community for our church."1