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Covenant Academy Father Daughter Gala
Friends, from left, Cassandra Anaya, Ginalynn Hertwig and Amber Hobbs have a blast posing with props available for gala attendees.

Masquerade balls were a feature in the 15th century, usually part of a wedding or to mark a point in royal dynasty. Today it provides a fun and mysterious aspect to a party.
Organizers of Covenant’s Father Daughter Gala chose a masquerade theme this year, keeping the centuries-old tradition alive for others to enjoy.
Colorful masks were worn by many guests, adding to the intrigue, mystery and disguise. A very large mask was centered on the stage, providing a beautiful photo location. Assorted candleabras were placed on the tables, as well as tall, slim vases holding white feather flumes.
“We thought a masquerade theme would be fun for us and for the guests,” said organizer Sarah Northcutt. “It was a success, selling out almost immediately.”
The event is a fundraiser for Covenant Academy, with many students and their families taking advantage of the gala especially designed for girls to enjoy with their fathers or father figures. Each guest received a tiny mask charm to be displayed on a necklace or bracelet.
“We have been providing them with a charm of some kind each year,” said Wendy Kell. “It just makes the night more special and they have a memento to keep.”
Chris Jenkins was in attendance with his 2-year-old daughter, Claire.
“This is our first time, and she is especially enjoying it,” said Jenkins. “The decorations are beautiful, and I can’t help but think some of the mothers might be a little jealous if they saw how nice it is.”
A delicious dinner of tenderloin and chicken was prepared by Diane Morton, as well as an assortment of vegetables and desserts. A huge assortment of door prizes were awarded during the evening, many of them made possible by generous business donations. 
The highlight for many of the girls is the dancing portion of the night. A disc jockey keeps the hits pumping out, but also takes requests from the crowd.
First-time partygoer Jarvis Johnson seemed to be having fun keeping up with his young daughter, Alyssa. She was enjoying the dancing part, while her daddy was a little apprehensive.
“I can chase after her all night,” said Johnson. “But I can’t dance.”
David and Ila Adcock had a fun evening, dancing and taking memorable photos. He has attended the gala five years, with each one having a special memory.
“It really is a fun night for me and my only daughter,” said David. “I tell her it’s my favorite date ever.”