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Paynesville Press - December 17, 2003

Princess Ball to be held on Monday, Dec. 29, for teenage girls

By Michael Jacobson

Teenage girls deserve to be treated like princesses. While they might not always get such treatment, for at least one night, they will.

On Monday, Dec. 29, a Princess Ball for teenage girls - grades 6-12 - will be held at the Paynesville Area Center.

The event - being organized by members of Crystal Hills Assembly - is open to all teenage girls.

"We wanted to make it a night for them to be pampered...elegant," said Kami Gleitz, one of the organizers and the mother of a sixth grader who is excited for the event. "It's a night for them to be spoiled."

The Princess Ball will give girls an opportunity to dress up, to attend a formal event, to have prom...without the boys.

Princess ball dresses Gleitz and Traci Schmidt, another organizer, think there's definitely a need for teenage girls to be treated to a night as princesses, especially since teen years can be a trying time. "It's every girl's dream to be a princess," said Gleitz.

The actual event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29. There will be a grand march - open to the public - at 6:15 p.m.

Crystal Hills Assembly is accepting formal dresses to loan to teenage girls for the upcoming Princess Ball, a new event for teenage girls - grades 6-12 - at the Paynesville Area Center on Monday, Dec. 29.

Following that, the girls will be treated to a meal and various entertainment, including music.

Rachel Sogge, the reigning First Princess for Paynesville, will speak at the Princess Ball about how all girls are princesses in God's eyes.

A committee of eight people is still ironing out all the details for the night, said Gleitz and Schmidt. They've been talking about the need to hold such an event for months, since Sogge spoke at their church, and have worked at the planning and logistics for the past month.

In order to make the event affordable for all teenage girls, organizers are asking for the public to donate or loan formal dresses for the ball. (Anyone interested can also sponsor a dress or sponsor a teenager to attend the event. A night as a princess would be a great Christmas gift, said Gleitz.)

Any girl who wants to borrow a dress can contact Crystal Hills Assembly at 320-243-3513. They can also call the church to register for the Princess Ball and to make an appointment to get their hair or make-up done. There is a $5 fee for the ball and a $5 fee for having hair and make-up done.

Make-up and hair appointments will run from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, with the ball starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.

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