R.E.A.C.H.'s annual Father Daughter Ball sets record
Butterfly kisses — the kind you make when you flutter your eyelashes against another person’s eyelashes — were the theme of this year’s 7th Annual R.E.A.C.H. Father Daughter Ball, held Saturday in a bedazzled Cloquet High School gymnasium.
There were butterfly stickers, butterfly masks and lots of ecstatic little girls (and more restrained older ones), thrilled to be dressed up for dinner, dessert and dancing with their favorite older man.
“We love seeing the girls grow up, year after year,” said R.E.A.C.H. Mentoring Program Director Dakota Koski. “How much they like it and enjoy it. And it’s a great way for us to give back to the community and put on a family-oriented community event.”
It’s also an excellent fundraiser for R.E.A.C.H. — Recreational Experiences Achieving Community Harmony — a mentoring program which provides opportunities for youth who are at risk or “experiencing life barriers, to build self-esteem, meaningful relationships and a sense of belonging within themselves, their families and the community,” according to the non-profit’s mission statement.
A Father Daughter Ball goes well with those ideals, Koski noted, adding that it was another record-breaking year for the popular spring event.
“Last year we had 303 participants and that was the record,” said a happy Koski on Tuesday. “This year we had 412. We crushed [the record].”
R.E.A.C.H., which has its office at 1214 ½ Cloquet Ave., is always looking for mentors and mentees, Koski added. For more information, call the R.E.A.C.H. Mentoring Program office at 218-499-4293.