The non-profit service organization is currently accepting letters from little girls in grades 2nd through 4th who wish to attend the 6th Annual Kiwanis Father-Daughter Ball, but in the past haven't been able to go for one reason or another.
“Each year, we are struck by the number of girls we learn were unable to attend the ball,” said Sara Beth Green who is the chair of the project. “So, this year we decided to do something about that. We may not be able to help everyone as much as we would like to, but at least we can make a difference for these five.”
In order to qualify, each young lady must pen a letter in 100 words or less to the ladies of J.A. describing the reasons why they feel they and a father figure should go to the ball. The letters titled “Why I deserve a special night out with the father figure in my life” should be sent to J.A. of Corinth. They must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 27, to be considered.
Applicants should note that their escort can be any father figure in their life whether it be a grandfather, uncle, cousin, older brother, family friend or other male role model. The fundraising event is not limited strictly to fathers and their daughters as the name would suggest.
“At $40 per pair and $10 for each additional daughter, attending the ball can be expensive, especially when you add in the cost of a gown, pictures and accessories,” said Green. “Whether they haven’t attended in the past due to a lack of funds or because they don’t have a father figure to escort them, we don’t want them to continue to feel left out.”
Responding to the need, J.A. will provide clothing, accessories, hair and make up for the girls who are selected as well as cover the entrance fees.
Chosen through a blind selection, five letters will be picked from the entries on Friday, Jan. 27. Those selected will be notified by Monday, Jan. 30, to allow proper preparations to be made for the ball. Letters will be sent home through city and county schools next week.
All letters should include the writer’s first name only on the back of their essay as well as a working phone number. They should be sent to:
c/o Father-Daughter Ball
P.O. Box 2625
Corinth, MS 38835
Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Corinth, the 2017 father-daughter ball will be held at Crossroads Arena from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s theme is “Denim and Diamonds.”
(The Crossroads Arena is located at 2800 South Harper Road in Corinth.)