- Category: News
11 Mar 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Sometimes, just looking like a million bucks is all it takes to feel like a million bucks. Such thinking has always been at the heart of the Red and White Ball, an event organized every year by Girls Incorporated of Memphis. by Shawn Pachucki
Special to the Tri-State Defender
Sometimes, just looking like a million bucks is all it takes to feel like a million bucks. Such thinking has always been at the heart of the Red and White Ball, an event organized every year by Girls Incorporated of Memphis.
Left to Right: Tavia West (Whitehaven-Lanier Center) escorted by her step-father; Tiara Woods (South Park Center) escorted by her father, Vincent Woods; Teariney Nolen (Riverview-Kansas Center) escorted by her uncle, Deon Jefferson; Skylar Booth (LDT Center) escorted by her godfather, Reginald Baker; and Rekeitha Ward (Midtown Center) escorted by her father, Keith Ward.
Ciera Lewis, after being crowned Miss Red & White Ball. She was escorted by her uncle, Anthony Winters. (Courtesy photos)
Undoubtedly, the first dance provided the most touching moment of the evening. Tears streamed from the eyes of nearly everyone in attendance as the melody of Luther VanDross’ “Dance with My Father Again” played in the background while each girl danced arm-in-arm with their father or another significant male figure in their life.
By offering an opportunity for every young girl served by Girls Inc. to feel like a princess for a night, the Red and White Ball has been one of the organization’s most unique and powerful ways of building self-confidence.
“The Red and White Ball is a time for the girls to be treated as the special little ladies that they are,” said Deborah Hester-Harrison, President/CEO of Girls Inc. of Memphis.
“They need to know what it’s like to be surrounded with love and respect, so they will demand that from every relationship they encounter.”
In the weeks leading up to the Red and White Ball, girls raised money to support Girls Inc. programs.
(For more information, visit www.girlsincmemphis.org.)