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A Night To Remember
Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance This Weekend
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 • Posted February 10, 2009

He presented her with a corsage, and opened the car door for her. As they began to drive away, the young lady in the front seat turned to wave at her mother who was still standing in the doorway feverishly snapping photos with the family’s digital camera. Her mother became choked up and had a single tear roll down her cheek as her daughter drove away on her very first date… with her father.

Blanco County Relay for Life Team “Night Pray-ers” will be hosting their second annual Father/Daughter dance fundraiser. The dance will be held on Saturday, February 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Gem of the Hills in Blanco. Last year, the same group held two separate dances in Blanco and Johnson City, however this year the Night Pray-ers felt that they could accomplish the same goal with one large event instead.

According to event organizer, Wendy Smith, “Last year, there was a high school boy that brought his little sister because their father wasn’t able to be there. There were a couple of grandfathers that brought their granddaughters. There was a father that brought his daughter and another little girl that didn’t have a father figure in her life. This was so awesome to see these girls feel so special to get dad’s or another father-figure’s attention for a couple of hours… and Dad’s felt so special to have that time to share with their “little girl”.

Admission to the dance will be $10 per couple at the door. Carriage rides will also be available for an additional $10 per couple.

The Night Pray-ers are hoping to raise as much money as possible to support the Blanco County Relay for Life goal. This will be a special, area-wide, semi-formal evening for fathers and daughters in grades five and younger. The evening will be complete with decorations, refreshments, clean music, and entertainment. It would be a wonderful opportunity for fathers to take their daughters out on a date, and show them how a gentleman treats a lady. Dads could make the evening complete by providing corsages, opening doors, riding in a carriage and going out for ice cream afterwards in order to make it a truly special evening.

This fundraiser is for all fifth grade girls and younger as well as their father/grandfather, older brother, uncle, neighbor or family friend.

“I am fortunate this year to not have many expenses due to the generosity of many people in the community,” Smith stated.

Ronnie Batchelor will once again share his professional talents and bring a perfect music combination to entertain the 5th grade and younger girls as well as their fathers.

Participants will receive door prizes, as well as cookies and punch. Dancers can also purchase a slice of pizza for $2.00.

To help remember the young ladies while they are still “daddy’s little princess,” a professional photographer will be located on site offering several different photo packages.

Please keep in mind that this is a family friendly, alcohol and tobacco free event.

For $10, any mothers who would like a sneak peek at the festivities may poke their head in from 7:00 to 7:15. This is the only time they may do so.

All proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society in its quest to find a cure for cancer. You can help by participating in events like these.

Residents seeking more information about the Father/Daughter dance may contact Wendy Smith at 830-833-5584. To learn more about this and other Relay for Life events visit online at

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