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In a New York state of mind
Covenant date night takes on big-city feel
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New York City is known for many things, such as the home of the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street and the United Nations Headquarters. It’s also known for its unique skyline, food, fashion and large population.
Couples attending Saturday’s Father-Daughter Ball at Covenant Academy got a small taste of the city, as the chosen theme for the event was “New York New York.”
“We decided on the theme right after last year’s event,” said volunteer Sara Northcutt. “We just thought it would be a fun theme that we could work with, and it turned out great.” 
The New York atmosphere started as guests entered the gymnasium through a walkway lined with clear lights, showcasing a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Once inside, a miniature Central Park was set up, with a street vendor cart of hot dogs and apples. The gym was aglow with soft lighting, with thousands of lights draped from the ceiling, and from several indoor gazebos. Each table showcased one of the many famous New York streets with authentic signs. In reference to New York City being called The Big Apple, clusters of apples, both real and faux, were placed on the tables. 
Approximately 175 took part in the date night, which emphasizes the special bond between girls and their fathers, or father figures, in their lives. Many make it an annual date, while some were attending for their first time.
Jamie English enjoyed his teenage daughter, Savannah’s company, taking time for a special dance following a delicious dinner.
“I told her, I may be a preacher, but I still know how to dance,” said Jamie.
Disc jockey John Chisam filled the gym with a variety of tunes, many with the focus on daddies or daughters.  
Monroe and Hope Criddle attended the gala for the fifth year, and enjoyed it as much as the first time they attended.
“It is a wonderful event, one that we hope to continue,” said Monroe. “Of course, her favorite part is the dancing.”