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Dads and Daughters to Have 'A Ball' on Saturday Night

The first Father-Daughter Winter Ball be held on Saturday night at the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham.

Typically, Caleb Powers enjoy bike rides or swimming at the YMCA with his 6-year-old daughter Hannah.

But on Saturday night, they’ll hit the town together. Caleb will put on a suitcoat and tie and Hannah will wear a dress. They’ll head out to the .

It will be for the Father-Daughter Winter Ball – a first of its kind for the Community House. The ball runs 6-8 p.m.

“It’s a fantastic, unique event that gives me and my daughter a chance to do something special,” said Powers, a Hamilton resident.

Powers, who is a Community House board member, said he didn’t have any part in coming up with the idea for the event but said he jumped at the idea of doing something with his daughter where she could dress up but not for a birthday or holiday.

“It’s nice to be able to make a big deal out of it,” Powers said.

Powers said he has enjoyed doing art – such as painting pottery – with his daughter but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for fathers and daughters to enjoy time together in an environment that “brings all the girliness out.”

There will be a DJ and dancing plus a meal. And the menu has a kid-friendly flavor to it – chicken fingers on skewers, tater tots plus a chocolate fountain, among other items.

It was the chocolate foundation that got Hannah excited, Powers said.

“That sealed the deal when she heard about the chocolate fountain,” Powers said.

Powers said he can see the event becoming a tradition for with Hannah (he also has two sons) and said it is another of the Community House’s “new and innovative way to engage the community.”

Tickets are $35 per couple and $15 per additional child. The deadline to buy tickets and reserve a spot is 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.

To register, call 978-468-4818 before the end of the day on Thursday, send an e-mail to ann@communityhouse.org or logon to the Community House’s website, click on “donate now” and indicate the Father-Daughter Ball in the notes section.

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