BRAWLEY – On the eve of Fathers Day, the Imperial Valley Missions for Youth presented their 5th Annual Father Daughter Purity Ball Saturday night at Gateway Church in Brawley.
Founder and organizer, Maria Whitehead, along with Nicole Rothfleisch , unite fathers and their daughters in a formal setting, where dadâ€™s can sign oaths promising to raise their daughters in a purposeful way, setting examples of the type of men their daughters should eventually chose.
The ages of daughters ranged from unmarried young women to kindergarteners.
Ceremonies included the fathers signing oaths as their daughters signed as witnesses, to daughters walking under two men arching swords over their heads Â to a pink draped cross where they laid their white rose of purity at the foot of the cross, signifying their promise to stay pure until marriage.
Tina Cox and John Mark Sharpe spoke to their elegantly dressed guests on the importance of a strong, Godly father-daughter relationship and the many benefits that result from wise decisions.
One of the last ceremonies was the anticipated father-daughter dance where fathers took their ball gown dressed princesses to the dance floor, many fathers changing partners through the dance as they brought more than one daughter.
Whitehead said, â€œThis is a wonderful night that the daughters and their fathers will remember forever. And it is for a great cause as all the funds go to the Missions for Youth scholarship fund and sending teens on mission trips.â€