Dinner and dancing to highlight Father-Daughter Ball

Faith Lutheran Church to host community event on Feb. 4

Striking the right balance between fun and elegance, the 9th Annual Father-Daughter Ball at Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake is a classy evening of dinner and dancing. This year’s theme celebrates Paris.

Fathers, father-figures and daughters of all ages are welcome to the event next Saturday, Feb. 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., followed by a catered French meal set against the charm of a Parisian streetscape. Music will be provided by “Night Magic” at the foot of a shimmering Eiffel Tower.

Ticket prices vary: dads and daughters age 9 and over are $12 each, girls age 8 and under are $8 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from the church office at 651-464-3323.

The father-daughter relationship is very important in the development of a young woman’s self-esteem, according to Dr. James Dobson, renowned child psychologist.

In December 1992, James Massery, of Pittsfield, MA, was listening to a radio broadcast by Dr. Dobson, and after prayerful consideration was struck with the idea of a father-daughter dance. The dance was a huge success, and Mr. Massery has been helpful in guiding churches and communities across the nation in sponsoring their own father-daughter celebrations.

The “date with dad” is the spiritual highlight of the evening, and provides an “invisible umbrella of love and security that must been seen to be understood.” By providing a safe, loving environment such as a father-daughter ball, the aim is to “help dads set a good dating standard for their younger daughters, build a bridge of communication and respect between the generations, and help girls to experience the affection, respect and attention that their hearts crave” (James Massery).

No matter what the age, the relationship between father and daughter is unique and one to be nurtured and cherished. Approximately 150 dads and daughters from several area churches have been blessed each year by this annual ball.