For eighteen years on the first Saturday of May, hundreds of guests from across the Twin Cities have streamed to DeLaSalle for an evening of fun and dancing. The Starry Night Prom for people with disabilities is the largest service learning project offered through DeLaSalle’s Lasallian Ministry program. For many students, the Starry Night Prom connects the school’s mission in a practical way — especially service to others and outreach to a broader community. The SNP has also been featured in local media on several occasions during its history.
Over 125 student volunteers share their time and energy to put on the semi-formal prom with music, food, photos, and more. Students who host this prom make a commitment to prepare over several weeks, by attending seminars and sensitivity training as well as planning the food service and festive decorations that transform the main gymnasium into a beautiful dance hall and the LL Gray gymnasium into a space for refreshments and fellowship between hosts and guests of the event.
In its first year in 2001, Starry NIght Prom drew not quite 100 guests, but after those initial events, the popularity of the SNP has grown significantly and now draws 1,200 guests each year.