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What: Father/Daughter/Grandfather Dance and Social

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3

Details: Formal dress event, DJ'd dance

Where: Jamestown High School, 1509 10th St. NE

Admission: $20 couple/$30 at the door, $1 grand march spectator charge age 10 and over

Tickets: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1000 5th Ave. NE, and Neighborhood Grocery, 1014 17th St. SW.

Contact: Carlla, 252-6718 or Lcmaki@daktel.com, St. Paul's, 252-3088.

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The eighth annual Father/Daughter/Grandfather Dance and Social on May 3 at Jamestown High School is an opportunity for girls to experience a formal ball and raise money to fight cancer.

Last year there were 406 guests which raised $4,347 for Stutsman County Relay for Life, an annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, said Carlla Maki, event co-chair with St. Paul's United Methodist Church. The total raised grew to over $5,000 after adding luminaria sales made at the dance for Relay for Life, she said.

The number of people participating and the amounts raised are more than double the first dance event eight years ago, she said. The numbers are expected to increase again this year, she said.

The dance is appealing for the girls who love being introduced to the audience in the grand march, Maki said. The girls love the glamour of doing their hair, fancy dresses and spending some exclusive dad time in public, she said.

"It's a real special bond and as part of the audience watching it's really nice to see that special time," Maki said.

If someone doesn't have a father or grandfather, she can have a friend or relative stand in, Maki said. There have been fathers who brought toddlers and women in their 60s who have brought their 85-year-old dad, she said.

The tickets include punch, cupcakes and corsages for the girls, said Linda Brown, committee member. The music is provided by Pit Stop Karaoke with DJ Pamela Syverson, who donates her time, she said.

There are a lot of walk-in couples at the dance and the volunteers always make a lot of extra corsages and cupcakes to ensure everyone gets one, Brown said. The walk-in couples will pay $10 more per couple to help offset the costs, she said.

There is also a $5 additional person fee for dads who bring more than one daughter or a daughter who brings grandpa and dad, she said.

"That helps us to plan better because someone has to make homemade cupcakes and punch and we don't want to run out," Brown said. "We want to make sure everyone has a corsage and so we always make extra."

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