Woodward, Okla. —
Northwest Domestic Crisis Services (NWDCS) will be holding its 2nd annual evening of Dancing and Dining with Daddy on April 12 at the Woodward Conference Center.
Kristi Hill, event coordinator and child advocate with NWDCS, said the event is open to all fathers and daughters.
"Last year we had girls as young as 2 months up to adult daughters there with their dads," she said.
And while the event is primarily geared toward daughters and daddies, Hill said the evening will be open to all families.
"Some mothers are bringing their sons so it's a family event; we're not excluding anyone," she said.
Those who attend the event "can expect beautiful decorations and a very festive evening, one that anyone would enjoy," Hill said.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on April 12, with the meal beginning at 7 p.m. The meal will feature dishes provided by local food vendors, Hill said, noting there will be a variety of items to sample.
"We try to cater to the little girls and daddies both, so there will be something there for everyone," she said.
Following the meal there will be a short address by a guest speaker and then the dancing will start around 8 p.m., Hill said. The evening will then wrap up around 9:30 p.m.
During the event, Hill said, "there will be a photographer available to take pics of the daddies and daughters," or mothers and sons.
She described the dance as "an amazing night to share and make those memories that will last a lifetime."
Hill said the purpose of the event is two-fold. Because not only is it a fundraiser for the crisis center, but it also is an educational opportunity to show girls examples of positive relationships.
"Yes, we are trying to raise money, but we're also trying to raise awareness," Hill said, noting "The whole reason for us starting this was to teach young ladies, whatever their age, about how they should expect to be treated."
By helping girls to develop positive relationships with their fathers, she said the event hopes to help those same girls avoid negative relationships with other men later on.
She said that is also why the event is held in April to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
"The best thing this event can do is to put us out of business," Hill said, speaking of NWDCS which seeks to provide services to help women and families who have been victims of domestic or sexual abuse.
As a fundraiser for NWDCS, Hill said proceeds from ticket sales from the Dancing and Dining with Daddy event will go toward funding those victim services.
"When we raise money, from any fundraiser we do, the money is for client services," she said. "It might go to help someone get out of a situation, to relocate them, to provide food or clothing or anything they might need while staying at our shelter. Or it might go for a U-Haul to move their things so they can be closer to family or out of harm's way."
Hill said that it is this dedication to putting the clients first that is one of the things she has appreciated the most about working for NWDCS.
"None of the money we ever raise goes to pay someone's salary or travel. It all goes to our clients," she said.
To attend the event, tickets must be purchased in advance. "We'd prefer by the morning of (the event)," Hill said.
Tickets are available at Big Dan's Steakhouse, Persimmon Creek gift shop, and by contacting the Northwest Domestic Crisis Services office at 256-1218.
Hill said she is expecting this year's event to be well attended.
"I'm really excited; ticket sales have gone well," she said.
She said that in addition to being an annual fundraiser for NWDCS, she hopes that Dancing and Dining with Daddy will become an annual tradition for the fathers and daughters who attend.
"Once you go, you'll want to come every year," Hill said.