By Amber Lofty
Special to The Times
Reno resident Chip Fenske said because he travels for his job he treasures the time spent with his 14-year-old daughter, Maura.
That is one of the reasons he is taking her to the first Mid-Ohio Valley Father Daughter Date Night on Saturday at Wood County Christian School.
"This is the type of event that should be done more frequently because it gives daughters the attention they deserve," Fenske said.
Maura, a freshman at Wood County Christian, agreed with her dad.
If you go
What: First Mid-Ohio Valley Father-Daughter Date Night.
Where: Wood County Christian School gymnasium, 113 East Ninth St., Williamstown.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Cost: $6, includes a 5-by-7 picture of the father and daughter.
Tickets: Available at Stoked Coffee, Sugden's Bookstore and the Wood County Christian School main office through Friday. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
What to bring: Girls are asked to bring baked goods on a disposable plate
Attire: Semi-formal, no jeans.
For more information: www.fatherdaughterdate.com
"This is a good way to spend time together. It's important for daughters and their dads to have a close bond," she said.
The date night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of the school, located at 113 East Ninth St., Williamstown. The evening will feature speaker and musician Trevor Gearhart from Appleton, Wis., who will entertain and have a special message for dads.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Stoked Coffee, Sugden's Bookstore or the Wood County Christian School's main office through Friday. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
The cost for each ticket is $6, which includes the opportunity to have a 5-by-7 picture taken of the father (or father figure) and daughter. Each daughter is asked to bring baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, muffins, etc.) on a disposable plate or tray. The date night is open to all ages, and semi-formal attire is requested.
"This is an opportunity for the girls to get dressed up and an opportunity for fathers to treat them to a fun night," said Claire Knolle, organizer of the event.
"These dances are special things because the bond there is really important," she said. "Fathers and daughters can get to know each other better."
Although this is the first time the event is being held at Wood County Christian, Knolle said father-daughter date nights are common around the country.
"There are about 1,000 different locations that host them," she said.
Knolle and a group of other moms have been organizing the date night while using the Father-Daughter Valentine Dance Guide written by Jim Massery from Pittsfield, Mass.