Father Daughter Valentines Ball

Pictures of the 2007 Father/Daughter Valentines Ball

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Third Annual Woodland Community Father/Daughter Ball
February 3, 2007      6 pm - 9 pm

Woodland Primary Gymnasium
Theme: "Puttin'on the Ritz"
Dancing - Prizes - Refreshments

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With "My Little Girl" and "Butterfly Kisses" playing in the background, Fathers/Father figures danced with their girls of all ages during Woodland's Third Annual Father/Daughter Ball held Saturday, February 3rd at Woodland's primary school gymnasium. Approximately 800 (including 40 volunteers) attended this years Ball which displayed the theme of "Puttin' On the Ritz". Everything from the elaborate balloon arch, the table centerpieces, to the door prizes were "over the top" and "glitzy", coordinating with the theme. Whether in a sweatshirt and jeans or top hat and tails, the most elegant and dazzling memories from the evening were the smiles on the father's faces as they showed their girls how valued they are.

The evening was filled with a variety of tunes from "Unforgettable", to "Old Time Rock and Roll", "YMCA" and "Sharp Dressed Man." One father said he made "memories during the Ball that he will cherish for the rest of his life."

The Father/Daughter Ball is a community service event sponsored by Grace Community Church. The event has been embraced with enthusiasm by the local community, evidenced by the $4,611 in door prizes and services generously donated for the Ball. One highlight in door prizes for men was the autographed Richard Petty cowboy hat donated by High School Pharmacy. The winner just happened to be wearing cowboy boots which looked terrific when he modeled his hat. Other door prizes which added to the excitement of the evening included some elaborate floral arrangements with flowers donated by Holland Bulb, beautifully created by floral designer Melodie James. Save-On Foods and Coffee Cove donated their services by selling the tickets for the Ball. The Empress Palace graciously donated the use of 25 round tables draped with elegant red linens and 250 chairs. An additional 200 chairs from the school were placed around the edges of the dance floor.

Adding a local, welcoming personal touch was over 3,000, homemade cookies, donated mainly by bakers from Grace Community Church. Other refreshments included veggies, grapes, chips, pop, coffee, and water. There was two photography stations this year to accommodate the 225 portraits taken.

According to the ball coordinators, the Father/Daughter relationship and making memories for a lifetime is the primary focus for the evening. Grace did not want anyone to be excluded from the Ball due to cost, which is why they charged $5.00 per man with all daughter attendees free. Grace Community Church appreciates the opportunity to serve the Community during the Ball, which is a non-profit event. Plans are already in the works for next year's Father/Daughter Ball. We made a few adjustments this year that really helped, next year we will respectfully ask curious moms & grandmas not part of our volunteer staff to remain at home so that more fathers and daughters can attend. It would be very sad to have to turn a father and daughter away at the door. Grace welcomes any suggestions or feedback regarding this year's or next year's Ball. Please direct emails to WoodlandGrace@integrity.com.

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