The Hannah Community Center was mobbed by daughters in fancy dresses and their doting dads on Feb. 7 and 8 for East Lansing’s annual Sweetheart Ball. Loi
Fogarasi, administrative assistant of the city’s Parks, Recreation & Arts Department, said the Sweetheart Ball has been running for about 12 years and attendance has been great. The two-day event was filled with all sorts of activities ranging from a crafts table to a photography booth and even a DJ at the dance floor who took song requests. This dance was Fogarasi’s seventh time working on the event, but she has never tire of it. “It’s just a really adorable event, she said.
One could be hard-pressed to disagree with Fogarasi, especially after seeing all the fathers trying to keep up with their daughters on the dance floor to the latest Bruno Mars or Taylor Swift pop song. Don Goostrey, a professional photographer working at the ball, agrees with Fogarasi. “It’s just a nice time for all sorts of dads to bond with their daughters. When do we ever have a chance like this, honestly? It’s all fun.” He says. Goostrey said events like these are very important for the community.
In fact, the Sweetheart Ball has been a tradition for many East Lansing families. Kwafo Adarkwa has been attending the Sweetheart Ball for three years and has no intention of stopping. Well, until his two daughters get too old to want to go for such an event, of course.
Frank Weller, a senior minister at the South Lansing Christian Church, had never been to East Lansing’s Sweetheart Ball until this year. He was escorting his late friend’s daughter, Morgan Donley, who has a family tradition of attending the ball. “It’s real important to her that she’s here and I really didn’t want her to miss it this year.” He said.
The Sweetheart Ball is a beautiful testament to the town’s family values and may it continue to be an event for families to cut loose and have a good time.