The Miami Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 121 is offering a magical and enchanting night at the 'Daddy and Princess Autumn Ball' Friday, Oct. 20 at the Coleman Theatre Ballroom.
MIAMI – Dressing like a princess and waltzing in the protective arms of her father is the delight of every little girl. The Miami Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 121 is offering such a magical and enchanting night at the 'Daddy and Princess Autumn Ball' from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Coleman Theatre Ballroom. The event is a fundraiser for the Miami FOP for a cost of $40 a couple, which includes dinner, dancing, and crafts. A photo opportunity will also be available for an additional cost.
The event is open to all Ottawa County fathers and their daughters of school age. Grandpas, uncles, and big brothers are also welcome to accompany their princess. If fathers have more than one daughter, they can bring both but must register all participants.
“The event is basically to make that little girl feel that this is her day,” Hanson said. “We hope we have enough people to fill the ballroom, and we hope we have that much interest.”
There are spots to accommodate 100 couples and deadline for registration and payment are due by Sept. 30. The cost charged is non-refundable.
The special evening is the idea of FOP member and Miami Police Officer Andrew Hanson who attended a similar event three years in a row in Pittsburg, Kansas with his two young daughters.
“I have a five and a seven-year-old, and we had a blast,” Hanson said. “I heard about it on the radio, and I called, and they only had one spot left, but they let me take both my daughters the first time. They loved it!”
The police officer said he enjoyed the event so much he brought the idea to the FOP for a fundraising idea and the officers jumped on board.
“I loved spending that time with my daughters. You don't get to hang out with them all dressed up, and they're on cloud nine. It's their day,” Hanson said.
The event is formal, but Hanson said daddy's and daughters could dress up as much or as little as they want to.
“There were some dad's who wore full out tuxes the first time I went. It was crazy,” he said.
Plans are to make the event a night to remember.
“We're going to make our dance one big session with a large number of people and include dinner as well,” Hanson said. “We're going to try to shut down Main Street and make it like a big red carpet event, kind of a formal thing.”
A limousine service from Joplin will be providing luxury rides to the event for the father and daughter couples.
“In town, we're going to pick them up at their home, and out of town people we will meet at the First Christian Church across the street from Wal-Mart, that way they can at least get a long ride down Main Street in a limousine,” Hanson said.
The FOP encourages family and friends to come and watch the grand red carpet entry of the father/daughter couples to make the event even more special.
Music will be provided at the ball by DJ James Richardson for a fun night of dancing for the fathers and daughters.
A delicious dinner will be served of roast chicken breast, a vegetable, potato and an assortment of snack foods for dessert.
All Miami Police Department officers are members Miami FOP Lodge No. 121 and pay monthly dues to belong and to cover operating costs including legal fees provided to member officers. Funds raised by the local organization help to support community and civic causes and activities and at times to help officers in need.
“All money is used for worthy and good causes,” Hanson said. “And now it’s up to us to come up with ways to raise funds. We’re hoping to make this an annual event. Hopefully, we can make it bigger and better every year.”
Hanson will be working at this event and said his Grandpa and his daughters’ Grandpa are escorting his girls to the dance.
To register for the event contact or text Andrew Hanson at 918-533-7021 or FOP President Jeremy Myers at 918-533-6104 by Sept. 30.
"I remember I thought you looked like an angel wrapped in pink so soft and warm.
You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born.
You're beautiful baby from the outside in.
Chase your dreams but always know the road that'll lead you home again.
Go on, take on this whole world.
But to me you know you'll always be, my little girl."
~My little girl, Tim McGraw
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