Woodland Father/Daughter Ball

Pictures of the 2010 Woodland Father/Daughter Ball

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Sixth Annual Woodland Community Father/Daughter Ball
Saturday, Feb. 20th, 2010      6 pm - 9 pm

Woodland Primary Gymnasium
$10.00 per Father Figure/Girls free

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Tiaras, Bowties, and Butterfly Kisses were the order of the day Saturday, February 20th, as Woodland's Grace Community Church held its 6th Annual Father and Daughter Ball, entitled "Winter Wonderland…When it's cold outside, your Daddy's love can warm your heart" at the Woodland Primary School Gym from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Click to enlargeThe Father/Daughter Ball is a low-cost (just $10 per father/father figure – which includes as many daughters as the lucky gentleman has), fun, community-outreach event with an emphasis on the Father/Daughter relationship. It is not a fund raiser. It is specifically designed for fathers and father figures (Uncles, Grandpas, neighbors, etc) and their daughters of ALL ages to spend some typically much-needed quality time together.

More than 950 (up from 352 the first year) fathers and daughters – of all ages, and from locations well beyond the Woodland boundaries – waltzed, rocked, twisted, conga'd, and two-stepped the night away, relishing that special bond that only a father and daughter can share – or fully appreciate. This year's Ball had at least one thing in common with Balls past: no moms. In the words of one organizer, "We would feel bad if we had to turn away even one Father/Daughter couple, all dressed up and excited to spend a special evening together, because of curious visitors.

And a night of Father/Daughter couples it was. From young daddies dancing with their wee ones in their arms, to older gentlemen waltzing with their thirty-something daughters, the themed mix of snowflake-covered walls and shimmering table ensembles was the perfect balance of wintry "stuff," and the perfect backdrop to an evening filled with princesses, glitz, and glamour – and some very proud fathers, indeed. Grace member and Coat Check attendant Cheryl Danielson, "One father I saw was proud for taking the record of the most coats hung on the rack (daughters in attendance): five!" Referring to the exhaustive, non-stop, fun that daughters had had with their fathers, she noted, "Many dads left with their little girls asleep in their arms or on their shoulders."

Said Grace member and Ball Chair Deb Kitchen, "The Father/Daughter Ball mission and heart is to have our daughters understand their value and worth in both their earthly and heavenly fathers' eyes. It was wonderful to see so many girls slow-dancing with their fathers and feeling special."

The author happened to see the real purpose of the Ball shining brightly through, in real time, when he looked over, while dancing with his own daughter, and saw a teary-eyed teenage daughter embracing her father in a slow dance, head on his chest, to Bob Carlisle's ever-true classic, Butterfly Kisses, softly wiping her own tears away with every turn.

That's when you know that the purpose is really hitting home.

In another example of God's awesomeness at work, the entire gymnasium erupted in a collective singing of "Happy Birthday" to one very special young lady at the request of her hero-of-a-father. May she always know how special she is.

And no great event ever just magically happens, and the Daddy/Daughter Ball is no exception. A small army of volunteers and sponsors – somewhere around 100 – came together and, in short order, set up, executed, and tore down this near-thousand-person event, leaving the school gymnasium cleaner than it was before the event – according to the custodial technician.

There were cookie bakers, snowflake cutters, table setters, and coat room checkers. There were cleaners, hangers, D.J.s, and greeters, not to mention the ever-popular photographers and security team members. It was truly a collective, community effort.

"It was surreal," commented one Security Ministry Team member, "you go into a gym that is bare, and then five hours later it is decorated into a Winter Wonderland, totally full with dancing, and then cleaned up and bare again, all in one day."

Grace Community Church Pastor, Todd Cloud, said of the event, "Very pleased to see Grace working so diligently to serve our community and proud of our community response; for donating so many gifts to give away and for the dads who make the investment in their family."

The truest measure of the event's success was probably best summed up by daughter and attendee Savannah Upson. "My favorite part about being at the Ball was to be able to be dressed up and treated like a princess for a while. Oh, and the conga line was great!"

Grace would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors/contributors for their gracious and all-important contributions: Burgerville Chicken House; Chuck Jones Automotive; Classic Hair Design; Coconut Bay Tans; Coffee Cove; Dana's Classic Floral; Doctor's Choice; Fibre Federal Credit Union; Gateway Produce; Guadalajara Restaurant; Beyond the Garden Gate; Harpers Tackle and Bait; Hi School Pharmacy; Holland Bulb; L&J Feed ; Lewis River Golf; Mali Thai Restaurant; McDonalds; Napa Auto and Truck Parts; Oak Tree Restaurant; Playa Azul Restaurant; Quiznos; Red Leaf Coffee; Rosie's Restaurant; Smiles Family Dental Center; Starbucks; True Value; Tsugawa's Nursery; Woodland Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Center; Woodland Eye and Vision; Anonymous; Corwin Pepsi; and Light Load Transportation.

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