Valdosta Daily Times

January 12, 2014

Father-Daughter Valentine Dance returns

18th annual event set for early February

Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — With the celebration of New Year’s comes the inevitable beginning of preparations for the next major holiday: Valentine’s Day. With this comes store shelves lined with pink stuffed animals, roses, and planning for the perfect date.

However, for Valdostans, these holiday preparations also mark the coming of one of the most notable events of the season. With more 5,000 people in attendance last year, it is safe to say that the First Presbyterian Church’s 18th Annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance is a key event for many in the area and still reigns as the largest father-daughter dance in the nation.  

This event was brought to life by Jeff Stewart and his wife, Becky. The father of two daughters, Jeff Stewart wanted a way to make special memories with them that would last a lifetime. He also felt that this would be a great opportunity for fathers to not only spend quality time with their daughters, but to also show them how a young lady should be treated.

Through the years, the event has grown into a formal affair not to be missed. The suggested attire for the dance is coat and tie for gentlemen and dresses for ladies. Many fathers and father-figures go all out with corsages, fancy dinners and limos for their daughters.

“We are excited about the 18th year of the dance, and we are grateful to the community for the support given to this event over the years,” says Stewart.

The rising popularity of the dance has led to a variety of venues through the years to accommodate the growth and is now held in the 47,000-square-foot James H. Rainwater Conference Center. Stewart, along with a team of volunteers, spend countless hours making sure the conference center is picture perfect to make every daughter in attendance feel royal. Finger foods will be provided at the dance and a DJ will play family-appropriate music all night long.

As always, photos will be available by Derrek Vaughn Photography but with a couple of changes being made this year. For the convenience of guests, photos can now be pre-paid for online and all the photos taken will be mailed directly to attendees two weeks after the dance.

The First Presbyterian Church’s 18th Annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance will take place on Feb. 7, 8. Two dances will be held each evening, one from 6-8 p.m., and the other from 9-11 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Jan. 13, at www.FatherDaughterDance.org

As excitement builds for the event, Stewart strongly suggests ordering tickets as early as possible to ensure patrons are able to get the time slots they desire. T-shirts are also available for purchase on the website. For more information, call (229) 460-3800.