LITTLE FALLS — Targeting fathers and welcoming daughters of any age, the Father Daughter Ball is a memorable night celebrating the unique and important relationship between dads and their girls.
“Evidence is showing that the stronger the relationship between fathers and daughters, the less chance girls are likely to engage in risky behaviors as they mature” said Mark Whittington, father of 14- year old Victoria. “I believe now is the time for dads to step up and set the standard of righteousness and to support our daughters as they develop healthy relationships.”
Whittington expressed interest in helping plan the Father Daughter Ball when he learned that a small group of “concerned moms” from churches in the area were trying to decide if the event was something that would even interest fathers.
“We (the moms) wanted to do something,” said Tami Kalpakoff, member of the Father Daughter Ball planning team. “It can be troubling to see our daughters struggling with the influences of modern culture. It’s somewhat common for moms to want to connect with their daughters, but it’s very powerful and impactful to the relationship when a girl can really share her heart with her father.”
The Father Daughter Ball is a formal night of fine dining, music, dancing, photographs, flowers and a ceremony calling fathers to sign a covenant on behalf of their daughter(s) promising to “live as a man of integrity before God and protect the heart of (my) daughter(s).” Likewise, daughters are invited to participate in a special prayer with their father designed to strengthen the bond of their relationship and to ask God’s blessing upon her life.
Volunteers are needed to help wait dinner tables and serve before, during and after the event. It’s an opportunity for mothers and sons (brothers) to get involved and offer support to their family members as well. The Father Daughter Ball will be from 4 to 9 p.m. March 18, at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.
To learn more about the event or to volunteer, contact: Kate Bjorge (320-632-0748) or Mark Whittington (320-360-4095).
Tickets to the Father Daughter Ball will be available after Jan. 1. Updates on the event will be posted on the following website www.faithlutheranlittlefalls.org (Father Daughter Ball 2012).