More than 100 daughters were escorted Saturday night by their fathers or grandfather.

On Saturday, October 27, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted its first annual Father-Daughter Dance held at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

At around 5 p.m. Saturday night, Lamar Dixon Expo Center was filled with daughters wearing wrist corsages and beautiful dresses escorted by their fathers.

The idea for this event sparked from Staff Sergeant Steven Coriell who is assigned to the traffic division with the APSO. He had a meeting with Sheriff Wiley to discuss his idea and what he envisioned, and Sheriff Wiley told him to make it happen.

“Being a father myself, I’ve taken the initiative to be intentional in “dating” my daughter and being her first love. I think this is a vital step in teaching our daughters their worth and how they should be treated,” said Coriell. “I wanted to bring the community of Ascension Parish together and have a true father-daughter date night with the community to raise money for a great cause,” he added.

After the idea became reality, Coriell and others thought that it would be a great idea to donate the proceeds from the dance to benefit the IRIS Domestic Violence Center.

“Domestic Violence affects all people, but the majority of the victims are women. It is my belief that we often get into bad relationships due to a lack of identity and self worth. That is why our job as fathers is so important,” added Coriell. “Daughters need to be shown how valuable they are. It is our job as fathers to instill in them how to be loved, respected and honored. This is what they need, deserve, and should expect. I believe that this will in turn make them conscious in making the right choices for their future partner.”

More than 100 daughters were escorted Saturday night by their fathers or grandfather. They enjoyed food sponsored by Sammy’s Grill.

Other sponsors that made this event possible: Layne’s Jewelry, Rubicon, Greater Baton Rouge of Realtors Association, Mt, Zion Baptist Church, St. Paul Baptist Church, Senator Eddie Lambert, Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, Kamal’s Kafe, Casa Maria Restaurant, Sno’s Steak and Seafood, Malco Theater, Premier Lanes Bowling, Virgo Boutique, Paparazzi Jewelry, Victoria Memories, Be our Guest Royal Princess Parties, Pelican State Credit Union, Arc of East Ascension, Memory Capture Photo Booth LLC, and Ratcliff’s Florists.

The total amount raised for this event was around $4,000.

“We look forward to hosting this event next year for all fathers and daughters,” said Coriell.

Contributed by APSO