Last Saturday at the Davis Community Center at 3371 Spottswood Ave., Upward Steps Girls Ministry held its First Annual Father/Daughter Princess Ball. Upward Steps Girls Ministry is a non-profit organization that’s five years old. Under the direction of Executive Director Rosemary Austin and Program Director Tammy Adolphus, it mentors girls – mostly under-privileged – between ages 8 to 18.
The goals of the Upward Steps Girls Ministry include helping the participating girls make positive transitions from elementary school to middle schools. Schools in partnership with the effort are Sherwood, Hanley, Dunbar, and Cherokee elementaries, as well as Sherwood Middle. (Photos by STROUDMARK Photography)
|The Father/Daughter Princess Ball was the first in what is envisioned as an annual fundraiser for the Upward Steps Girls Ministry.|
Last Saturday evening (April 16) at the Davis Community Center at 3371 Spottswood Ave., Upward Steps Girls Ministry held its First Annual Father/Daughter Princess Ball. The young ladies had never experience anything like it! Their smiles registered the event’s success.
For Austin and Adolphus, it was another step on journey to serve young girls who face controlling issues.
“This program addresses the whole person – spiritual, physical and emotional – and we empower them to discover the purpose for their life and bring value to their community,” said Austin.
Girls start the program in the fifth grade. And those on hand to help are determined help them find strength to transform their lives, sustain a holistic life style and develop academically.
It’s not possible to teach and not be affected, with Austin and Adolphus in agreement that the experience “has encouraged us to keep doing what we know God called us to do in the lives of his little daughters.”
In addition to Austin and Adolphus, there are a host of volunteers, as well as two Memphis City Schools teachers – Cheryl Rose, 4th grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary; and Cheryl Simmons, a 3rd grade teacher at Caldwell Guthrie Elementary. Rose came up with the Father/Daughter Princess Ball program.
The tables were covered with white table clothes, with pastel color centerpieces and balloons. The girls wore white dresses, white satin gloves, and tiaras, and were escorted by their fathers, who were dressed in black suits.