“But to me, you’’ll always be my little girl” were certainly fitting lyrics to play during Covenant Academy’s Father- Daughter Dance held Saturday night. Hundreds of girls of all ages enjoyed the evening dining and dancing with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles or family friends.
A total of 236 tickets were sold for the event which was the fifth annual fundraiser for the school.
Ramsey Womack was very thankful to be spending time with his daughter, Ansli. “Last year at this time, I was lying flat on my back, fighting for my life after a terrible car accident. I had a wreck on I-24 two days after Christmas. I was laid up for five-and-a-half months. This night is extra sweet for us,” said Womack.
Ryan Jones hopes to be starting a tradition with his daughter who will turn 2 in May. “We have had a great time. She might not remember this, but I will. I hope we come again next year,” he said.
Ken Craddock had the privilege of escorting two young ladies for the evening, his granddaughters Kaylee Armstrong and Shelby Nokes. “I get my girls to myself for one night,” said Craddock.
“I love it because we get to do all the dancing together,” said Kaylee.
Covenant Fellowship Church preacher Dr. Dean Northcutt had even more beauties to escort for the evening. Northcutt spent the evening dividing his dance card between daughters Carla Northcutt and Deana Northcutt, and granddaughter Ali Ayers. “I am worn out having to dance with all three girls, but I am having so much fun,” said Northcutt.
Northcutt’s wife, Sara, spent the better part of the evening DJ-ing music for the event, but even she was lured onto the dance floor when the crowd cheered for Dr. Northcutt and his wife to take the floor. The two danced together while everyone else watched and cheered them on.
Tables were decorated in a “shabby chic” look with wood accents and an assortment of candlesticks, jars filled with lights, candelabras and antique lamps adding to the vintage decor. The stage was decorated with white wicker furniture sporting cushions and pillows in pastel colors, a lighted chandelier hanging from the ceiling and a mannequin dressed in “shabby chic” attire.
Covenant Academy director Earline Steakley said the dance had been held closer to Valentine’s Day in years past. “This year, February had Winterfest one weekend and we didn’t want to compete with that. We were hoping for more of a spring-type day but we have had snow all day. It all worked out. We had a lot of ladies in the church working together to bring off the ‘shabby chic’ look. Some of the ladies have attended church together for years and we know what each other is thinking. All of our ideas worked together. Many hands made little work.”