By Aria Brent,
AFRO Staff Writer,
The Women’s Challenge is gearing up for their sixth Daddy and Me Tea on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Rowing & Water Resource Center in Baltimore.
Highly anticipated by the community, this event is centered around the importance of father-daughter relationships throughout all stages of life. This year’s event is themed as a sneaker ball, and is promising to bring fathers and their daughters together in a celebration of love, support and empowerment.
All ages of father-daughter duos are welcome to come out and participate in the love festival and create memories. Founder and chief woman of vision, Lorraine Bailey-Carter spoke with the AFRO about how special and impactful it is to see the variety of age groups at the family-oriented event.
“In the years that have gone by, we have had fathers that bring out their daughter, and that daughter brings out her daughter and her husband which meant it was generational,” Bailey-Carter said. “She got to dance with her daddy, and her daughter got to dance with her daddy. ”
Bailey-Carter added, “I think that we need that in today’s world. Life does not have to be so quick. We have to take the time to say, ‘I love you. I appreciate you. You’re smart. You’re beautiful. I believe in you. I support you,’ all of those positive beatitudes because oftentimes, our girls don’t hear that. I’m just hoping to bring a little bit of light into a broken situation.”
In addition to helping families create memories that will last a lifetime, The Women’s Challenge is also planning to set up the girls for success. Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union has teamed up with the organization to provide custodial savings accounts for all qualifying young ladies who attend the event.
“We want our girls to be financially smart in the world.The credit union is giving us $50 saving for each girl,” Bailey-Carter said. “They’ll be able to set up a $50 custodial savings account for every girl that’s 17 years old and under.”
This year, Baltimore City Council President Nick J. Mosby and his daughters, Nylyn and Aniyah, will serve as the master and mistresses of ceremonies. Music will be handled by one of Charm City’s most young and promising talents, Amaya “ DJ A Eazy” Epps.
The event will be catered and guests will be treated to engaging activities, interactive discussions, heartfelt conversations and take-home gifts to help savor the memories made that day.
This year’s tea will be held on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Rowing & Water Resource Center at 3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230. Father-daughter duos will be charged $60 a ticket, and additional tickets for extra guests can be purchased for $20 at Universe.com.