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Dr. Jeffrey Sharp's dance card is filled Saturday night at his 16th and last Cupid's Ball. He is surprised by the appearance of his four older daughters, who later expressed having fond memories of attending the Ball with their dad. While the song "We are Family" blasts over the sound system, the oldest sister, Lauren Bootz, 24, dances with Emily, 12, center. Clockwise from left are Cristian, 20, Dr. Sharp, Lydia, 15, Mrs. Michelle Sharp, and Elena, 18.
It is a tradition at the Cupid's Ball for the 12-year-olds and their fathers to have the floor for one song. It was after that dance, in which Dr. Sharp danced with his youngest daughter, Emma, that the four older Sharp sisters, from left, Cristian, Elena, Lydia and Lauren surprised their dad with an oversized card.
The dance floor was packed with girls who seemed to know the words to all the songs.
Desmond Carl dances with his daughter, Paisley, 4, at the Ball.
Kay Shull, owner of Kay's Bridal and Tuxedo, 218 S. Oho Ave., center, was among several bridal, prom and formal wear retailers who set up shop in the waiting area at the Cupid's Ball ticket sale. "This year's theme is fashion so bling and glitz will be popular," Shull said.
Sherry Bradbury purchases tickets for her husband and daughter, Sarah, 10, a fifth-grader at the Sedalia Middle School.
Tickets for the 16th annual Cupid's Ball went on sale 8 a.m. Saturday and Monica Harber, left, and her husband, Chad, right, made sure they would not miss out getting a ticket for their daughter, Ashton, a Sedalia Middle School student. They were first in line at the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center on the State Fair Community College campus, having waited at the doors since 4:40 a.m. Also in line are fellow early birds Cierra Spatz, buying a ticket for her daughter Tayler, and John Horstman, purchasing a ticket for his daughter, Aubrey. The Cupid's Ball, a Sedalia Women's Service League fundraising event, will again help fund the "clicker" interactive hardware for all the Sedalia School District grade schools. About $7,000 raised from last year's Ball went to this project. The goal is to bring all the grade schools up to parity in the clicker technology and give the kids exposure to this new classroom tool before they reach the middle school, said League member, Carol McMillin. The Cupid's Ball is 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 2 at Smith-Cotton High School. The theme is "Passport to Fashion".
Who is the entertainment for Cupid’s Ball? Are there other groups asked to do the ball? Why not get a bigger place and quit selling out — get the money while you can. I see every year that the event sells out and causes hardship.
Fathers and daughters mixed it up on the dance floor with the playing of the Village People’s song, “Y.M.C.A.” at the 2009 Cupid’s Ball. From left are Courtney Koetting, Emilee Edgar and Brittany Borke. All were fifth-graders at Skyline Elementary School.
Tickets for the 13th annual Cupid’s Ball go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Celebration Center, 1701 32nd St.
The Cupid’s Ball is celebrating its Sweet 16 this year, with tickets set to go on sale Saturday.
Toby Brown, of Sedalia, looks like he is feeling the effects of trying to keep up with his 8-year-old daughter Bailey's dance moves as the music nearly plays nonstop at the 15th annual Cupid's Ball held Saturday at Smith-Cotton High School. The annual fundraiser benefits the philanthropic projects of Sedalia's Women's Service League. The women sold 444 tickets for the event, which this year rocked to an Alice-in-Wonderland theme. See a slideshow in the Local Photo Galleries.
Sgt. Kevin Vick, with the Missouri National Guard, dances with his daughter Chloe, 9. It is the first time the two have been to the Cupid's Ball. Vick said that because he is in the military he wants to spend as much time as he can with his daughter.
As a 12-year-old, it is the last year that Kelcie Kratzer, of Smithton, will be able to attend the Cupid's Ball. She attended the last four with her dad, Tony.
Ryan Smith enjoys a cup of coffee as he waits with others Saturday morning in a hallway at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd St., for the 8:15 a.m. sale start of the 15th annual Cupid's Ball tickets. Smith, a radiographer with Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, secured his lead spot in the sale line by showing up at the church at 4:45 a.m. It is his fourth year attending the Cupid's Ball with his daughters, Jordyn, 10, and Gracie, 8. The event is a fundraiser of the Women's Service League which fosters and funds philanthropic projects in Sedalia.
Jim Meyer buys two of the 425 tickets on sale for himself and his granddaughter, who lives in Lawrence, Kan. He has been taking her to the event since she was five. "I have two more to go," he said, referring to the Cupid's Ball's age limit of 12.
Kira Mumby, 6, looks at formal gowns from one of the vendors at ticket sale, the Concepcion Bridal & Boutique, 604 S. Ohio Ave.
Fathers and daughters mix it up on the dance floor with the playing of the Village People’s song, “Y.M.C.A.” From left are Courtney Koetting, Emilee Edgar and Brittany Borke, all fifth-graders at Skyline Elementary School.
Jody Chmelir dances with his daughter, Kim, during a dance for just the 12-year-olds and their fathers. The 12-year-olds will be too old to attend next year’s Cupid’s Ball dance.
Macy Broyoes, 6, left, and Brittany Bobbitt, 7, break out in laughter at one of their dance moves at the Cupid’s Ball.
Every girl was a princess Saturday at the Cupid’s Ball.
Young girls will have the chance to dance with their prince charming in a castle and get the royal treatment for an evening at the 11th annual Cupid’s Ball in February.
Destiny Ulmer, 9, of Sedalia, and her grandfather, Mike Spatz, share a dance at Saturday night’s 11th annual Cupid’s Ball father-daughter dance in the cafeteria at Smith-Cotton High School. The dance is sponsored by the Women’s Service League.