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Save the date for the upcoming 2018 Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance to benefit Bladen County 4-H. This special night will be Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can download and print a registration form here to submit with appropriate total. New this year – you can register online and mail payment or pay at the door! Use this form to submit your registration https://goo.gl/forms/Q7MjonS5qkKVFaJZ2.

On this special night, Bladen County Dads (or Grandfathers) can bring their sweetheart date(s) to enjoy a night of music, dancing, dinner, refreshments, face painting, a keepsake photo, crafts and much more! The cost of a ticket will be $15 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. All checks should be made payable to Bladen County 4-H, as any proceeds from the event will help support our county’s 4-H youth development program in the coming year.

On June 16, the Auditorium at the Bladen County Extension office will be transformed into a dance floor, photo booth, crafting space and decorated with sweet hearts everywhere! The space is limited for this special occasion, so be sure to get your tickets early. You can stop by the offices of Bladen County 4-H to pick up the registration form and pay for your tickets or you can download the form and bring by the office with payment. Bladen County 4-H is a program of Bladen County Cooperative Extension Services and is located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown in the Powell Melvin Agricultural Building.

The Father- Daughter dance provides an opportunity for fathers to spend unique bonding time with the special girl or girls in their life and to have fun making crafts, dancing, taking silly pictures and creating memories that will last a lifetime. This is an important family centered activity and opportunity that is offered through youth programming in Bladen County. The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) recognizes the importance of father involvement and that all fathers can be important contributors to the well-being of their children. Not only did their findings suggest that the presence of a responsible father has a direct effect on behavioral and emotional outcomes for the child, but the research supports the conclusion that children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity.

If you are a Dad, Granddad, or even a special Uncle, please consider investing in a memory for your little girl(s) this year and get your tickets to this Sweetheart Dance before they are sold out. Note: Bladen County 4-H operates under N.C. Cooperative Extension. North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race,color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. NC State University, NCA&T State University, US Department of Agriculture and local governments cooperating.

The Father Daughter dance will be a great time to celebrate Father’s Day with your special little girl. If you have questions about this years’ event or would like to be a part of planning this special night, please contact the coordinator, Stacie Kinlaw, Bladen County 4-H agent at (910) 862-4591 or by email at  stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu.

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