Tickets available for March 18 Father Daughter Ball

One family that will attend the Father Daughter Ball set for Sunday, March 18, includes daughters and their father (from left): Natalicia ZumBerge, Dave ZumBerge, Stephanita ZumBerge and Emileah ZumBerge.

Tickets are now available for purchase for the Father Daughter Ball which will be held Sunday, March 18, at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls.

Targeting fathers and welcoming daughters of any age, the Father Daughter Ball is an evening celebrating the unique and important relationship between dads and their girls.

The Father Daughter Ball is a formal evening of fine dining, music, dancing, photographs, flowers and a ceremony calling fathers to sign a covenant on behalf of their daughter(s) promising to “live as a man of integrity before God and protect the heart of (my) daughter(s).” Likewise, daughters are invited to participate in a special prayer with their father designed to strengthen the bond of their relationship and to ask God’s blessing upon her life.

Planning committee member, Mark Whittington, was recently contacted by a reporter from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) who is filming a documentary on similar events in the United States. The reporter, Ian Gill, expressed interest in what families in the U.S. are doing different from those in the UK which contribute to the lower teen pregnancy rates found in the US. He indicates that there appears to be a link to the relationship between fathers and daughters which seems to contribute to daughters being less likely to engage in risky behaviors as they mature.

“It’s our job to be the best role model we can to our children,” said Dave ZumBerge. ZumBerge plans to escort his three daughters (ages 14 – 19) to the ball in March.

“I want my girls to realize that there is a man out there who will one day present himself worthy of her affection. In the meantime, her mother and I need to do our part to help instill confidence in her and model what a committed relationship looks like in our own marriage,” said ZumBerge.

The Father Daughter Ball will be held Sunday, March 18, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Falls Ballroom in Little Falls. Tickets are available for purchase at Coborn’s Superstore in Little Falls (service counter), Good Book and Gifts in Little Falls, Little Falls Community Middle School Commons Sundays between 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. or by contacting Faith Lutheran Church office (320) 631-1008. Deadline for purchase of tickets is March 10. Tickets are $25 per person, although fathers with more than one daughter receive a discounted ticket price of $20 after the purchase of two tickets. Ticket includes meal choice, keepsake photograph, flower and certificate.

To learn more about the event or to volunteer, contact: Kate Bjorge (320) 632-0748 or Mark Whittington (320) 360-4095. Additional information can be found by accessing the Web site (Father Daughter Ball 2012).