photo booth was available to capture special memories of the event. "We also had a group of community partners that
graciously volunteered to serve," said Mindy.
Although the evening might seem to focus on the girls, it is just as special for the dads. "I love the community side of it
and getting to see other dads," said Chad Ritchie. "The girls were talking about it months in advance. My daughter Rachel
felt so important and all grown up, like a princess." Brad Waters has been participating in the event even before moving
to the area. "The girls view it as being more special than something that would be super fancy," he said. "We put it on the
calendar every year and don't miss because it is a highlight. This event lets daughters understand how a lady is suppose to
be treated. It is a really big deal."
Greg Hudgins, who has participated for the last five years, has twin girls, so attending the event is double fun for
him. "Being able to have special moments with them shows them how they should feel special," he said. "This year at the
community center felt like a prom."
By the time many of these girls reach prom age, dates with
dad will more often be replaced by friends and social events.
Daddy Daughter Date Night is a great way to establish a custom
early on of communicating and spending important time
together–something every princess needs.
Chick-fil-A Vidalia will
continue using the Vidalia
Community Center, and
Daddy Daughter Date Night
will be held each year on the
Thursday before Valentines
DDDN gives dads and daughters
time to talk about what's
important to them and what
their dreams are. The event is
fun, but it also creates space for
communication that can easily be
neglected when life gets busy.
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LEFT Chick-fil-A Vidalia owner/
operator Britt McDade and his