Valdosta Daily Times

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February 9, 2008

Father-Daughter Dance

VALDOSTA — The second night of the Father-Daughter Valentine Dance proved to be just as magical as the previous night's extravaganza, as young girls and ladies, dressed in formal attire, clung tight to the arms of their fathers and danced the night away Saturday at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

In a wonderland of cupids, balloons, starlights and popular tunes, couples and groups mingled, took glamour shots and cut a rug, stopping occasionally to enjoy light refreshments and drinks.

Virgil Jackson got to share his seventh Father-Daughter dance with his 14 year-old daughter Chelsea Saturday. Color-coordinated in a taupe tuxedo with Chelsea in a matching gown, Jackson said he circles this day on the calendar each year.

“I have the opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter and I love treating her like a princess,” said Jackson, who spoke of plans to treat his daughter to dinner after leaving the dance. “We enjoy it more every year.”

Carmen Marable, a 14 year-old freshman at Valdosta High School, said that it was the first dance she ever attended with her father, Stanley Marable.

“We have been discussing our attire and plans for the past two weeks,” Carmen said before grabbing her father’s arm and excitedly wandering down the hallway, decorated with red and white balloons, and entering into the exhibit hall, filled with balloon canopies, draping toule and floral arrangements.

Tom Penfield of the Presbyterian Church spoke of the friendly atmosphere and the pride that every father feels when escorting his daughter to the annual event.

Though unable to bring this daughter this year because she and her husband are expecting, Penfield said that he and his daughter have attended the dance for the past three years.

Barbara Jones of the James H. Rainwater Conference Center also expressed how much she enjoyed the sight of dolled up girls prancing around and modeling their best dresses and gowns.

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