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Dancing the night away with dad isn’t just for little girls
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The North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club is giving Northeast Georgia dads the chance to set an example for their daughters.

North Gwinnett Kiwanis Club father-daughter dance

Where: 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

When: Feb. 7, Feb. 8

How much: $60 per couple, $10 each additional daughter

More info: 404 386-4782, www.northgwinnettkiwanis.com 

The club’s father-daughter dance back for its 12th year, and it has three dance options over the course of two days, the first being on Friday, Feb. 7 from 7-9 p.m., followed by two additional dances on Saturday, Feb.8 from 5-7 p.m. and 8-10 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kiwanis Club’s mission helping children around the world, according to Joan Williams, Kiwanis board member and committee member for the father-daughter dance. 

“Our Kiwanis Club is all about empowering children and youth to live better lives,” Williams said. 

Attendees of the event at the Buford Community Center ballroom be headed back to prom -- the unofficial theme of the event. Fathers and daughters will walk into the community center on a red carpet, and walk through a flowered archway that opens into the ballroom.

Tickets are currently on sale for $60 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter. They can be bought online at the club’s website: www.northgwinnettkiwanis.com

More than 800 tickets have already been sold, but other than raising money for the organization, the group hopes to give dads a chance to set an example.

“I want to create an environment where dads can show their daughters how to be treated on a date,” said David Williams, brother of Joan and another organizer of the event. 

The money that is raised helps pay for the event, and the remaining money is used for local projects, according to Williams. In the past 12 years, they have given $1,000 scholarships to more than 80 high school students. 

This year more than 1,000 people are expected to attend, growing from just 170 people the first year the dance was held in 2009.

Julie Belfield will be serving kid-friendly hors d’oeuvres, DJ Scott Smith will be playing family friendly music, and there will be professional photographers taking pictures. 

“It’s not just for little children, it’s for dads and daughters of all ages. Last year we had a 35-year-old daughter who brought her dad to the dance,” Joan Williams said. “I believe in the mission of the dance, which is to create a special environment for fathers and daughters to come together on a special night.”

This will be Joe Miller’s third time attending the dance. 

He first attended the dance in 2017 when he brought his 17-year-old niece, Sarah. The next year Miller brought his 3-year-old niece, Makayla, and this year he will bring his 33-year-old daughter, Julie. 

“When I took my granddaughter, we get to the dance and there’s lights, colorful balloons and chocolate-covered strawberries. The ballroom is lit up and there’s dancing and music. We walk in there and I say ‘Hey, do you want to get something to eat first like some chocolate, or do you want to dance?’ And without any hesitation, she says, ‘Let’s dance!’ It’s worked out that our whole family goes,” Miller said. 

David Williams started this dance in 2009 when his daughter got too old for her elementary school dances. He wanted to create something special for the community.

“It’s amazing how small moments lead into long memories, and that’s what this dance has done,” Miller said. 

This story has been updated from its original version.

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