The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual father-daughter dance Saturday.
The inaugural event was held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on October 27.
We’re told the idea for this father-daughter outing was sparked from Sergeant Steven Coriell from the department’s traffic division.
“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.
More than 100 daughters were escorted Saturday night by their fathers or grandfather. They enjoyed food sponsored by Sammy’s Grill.
“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.”