The dance, which will take place at the Glen Clem Gymnasium on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College, will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $5 per person with all proceeds benefiting literacy initiatives in Walker County.
Chandra Rice, coordinator for the Walker County council, said the event is a big fundraiser for the group and has grown each year. In 2012, the dance saw 150 fathers bring their daughters.
“Having that many people come to the dance is why we had to move it to Bevill State this year,” Rice said. “We’ve had it at T.R. Simmons the last couple of years, but we’ve outgrown their facilities. It’s really a good problem to have.”
The dress code for the event is “Sunday best,” Rice said.
“The little girls just love dressing up and coming to the dance with their dads,” she said. “This is my favorite event that we do each year.”
The Walker High Auxillary Club is providing fresh-baked cookies for the dance. Along with refreshments, the dance will also feature a raffle with chances available for $1. A professional photographer will also be available to take pictures of the fathers and daughters. Bevill State’s John Stallsmith will serve as the disc jockey for the night.
When the Walker County chapter of the Literacy Council first started in 1996, almost one-third of county residents (27 percent) were illiterate.
Since that time, county literacy rates have dropped. Currently, there are 8,000 county residents who are illiterate. That number makes up about 14 percent of county residents, Rice said.
“The dance is a fun event for everyone who comes, but it is also a way for us to promote literacy,” Rice said. “We are thankful to the community for the support that we receive at this event and throughout the year.”
For more information, call 205-387-0511, ext. 5792.