Most little girls send at least one wish into a starry sky to become as graceful and elegant as the princesses introduced in movies. One night each year, the Marshall County Arts Commission invites fathers/father figures to treat their daughters to an evening in which she will, for a few hours, feel as if that wish has come true.
The MCAC is hosting its 8th annual Father-Daughter Princess Ball Feb. 15 at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 apiece and available at the Children's Arts Center in Benton, Benton City Hall and Marshall County Library in Calvert City during regular business hours. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, Feb. 10 and will not be available for purchase at the door.
Event Coordinator Candace Miller said as they enter the event, the girls will receive a tiara and stemmed flower and the men will receive boutonnieres. Then, they will be encouraged to have their photo taken before the festivities and dinner begins at 6 p.m. Before they leave for the evening, each pair will receive a 4x6, framed photo to take home with them.
Chef Kelly Staples is providing an assortment of items for dinner that cater to the preferences of both the young girls and their fathers/father figures, Miller said. The meal will begin with a salad for the men and an amuse of smoked chicken salad in phyllo cups for the girls. The main course will offer carved roast beef tenders, marinated chicken breasts and chicken tenders, along with a variety of sides. The dessert offerings will include choices from chocolate lasagna, raspberry mousse served in Florentine cups and red velvet cookies dipped in chocolate.
Majestic Sounds Entertainment, the DJ, is in charge of the musical portion of the evening when the pairs are invited to get out on the dance floor and twirl in the bright lights following dinner.
While the dance is one of the annual fundraising events for the MCAC that ensures any child, no matter their financial situation, are able to participate in the after-school programs, Miller said it's also about promoting bonding between a father (figure) and his daughter.
"This event is a wonderful opportunity to show the little lady in your life how much you care," she said. "Having that type of bond with her father has proven to positively shape a young lady's self-image and confidence."
Miller noted the event is not limited to fathers and their daughters--it could be a grandfather, uncle, cousin, brother, stepfather or any other father figure escorting a girl he thinks of as a daughter.
Pictures of last year's event are on the MCAC Facebook page in an album titled for the event, for those curious about the event and what to expect. For more information about the event or purchasing a ticket call 270-748-7508 or 270-703-0304.