Brunswick County’s annual ‘Little Princess Ball’ provides special afternoon for local girls

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The Little Princess Ball is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model. (Courtesy of Community in Schools of Brunswick County)

SOUTHPORT — It was another memorable event for the annual Little Princess Ball sponsored by Communities In Schools (CIS) and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation in February. The Little Princess Ball is for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model.

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A couple of Little Princesses from this years event. (Courtesy of CIS Brunswick County)

Little princesses came dressed in their prettiest dresses, ball gowns, and favorite princess costumes. Little girls in high-heeled shoes, princess slippers with tiaras and bright smiling faces filled the Brunswick Center in Southport, South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, and the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland. It was a special afternoon filled with dancing, face painting, games, food and fun.

Even with the event expanding to a third location this year, the Southport and Carolina Shores locations sold out and Leland almost completely sold out as well. Hundreds of girls and their male role models danced, laughed and made memories. Refreshments were provided and every girl took home their very own tiara with streamers.

“This was an exciting year with over 450 tickets sold between the three Little Princess Ball locations. While speaking with some of the little girls, some on their fifth year of attending the Little Princess Ball, it became evident that this is a memory that will last a lifetime,” said Kathy Smith, CIS Director of Elementary Programs.

“A father-daughter relationship is an important one and in many cases that dad can be in the form of a granddad, uncle or older brother, but the two-to-three hours they spend with their little princess dancing the afternoon away is like none other,” said Smith.

The Little Princess Ball would not be possible without support from partners including Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Islands Center, the Brunswick Center at Southport, and the Leland Cultural Arts Center.

CIS offers special thanks to Walgreens of Southport, Nancy Jo’s Homemade Bakery of Oak Island, Ahoy Donuts of Oak Island, Walmart of Southport, Walmart of Shallotte, Lady Sweet Cakes of Leland, Calabash Garden Tea Room, Harris Teeter of Leland, Food Lion of Leland, Lowes Foods of Ocean Isle Beach, and Lowes Foods of Bolivia for making the 2017 princess ball a success by providing delicious treats for the event.

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“A father-daughter relationship is an important one and in many cases that dad can be in the form of a granddad, uncle or older brother, but the two-to-three hours they spend with their little princess dancing the afternoon away is like none other,” (Courtesy of CIS Brunswick County)

More than 70 volunteers including CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation staff, families, and friends, worked hard to make sure the event was a success. The Little Princess Ball is sponsored by CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. Proceeds from the event support the programs and services of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Communities In Schools of Brunswick County.

Photographs and videos from this year’s Little Princess Ball may be viewed on the Communities In Schools of Brunswick County Facebook page.

-Content provided by Communities In Schools of Brunswick County

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