Fort Bragg Armed Services YMCA hosts day for daughters, mothers

Fort Bragg | Army.mil |March 1, 2013

By Staff Sgt. Reshema G. Sherlock/10th PCH

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Ballerinas, tutus, and sparkly tiara-wearing princesses were seen across the room as beautiful angels and their mothers celebrated the 11th annual Mother Daughter Tea and Fashion Show.
The event, sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA, took place Feb. 23 and 24 at the ASYMCA facility.
“It’s all about bringing mothers and daughters together,” said Lynne Grates, ASYMCA executive director. “There’s nothing better than little girls getting dressed up and spending the day with their mothers.”
Each guest received a gift as they arrived and took their seats in the decorated room filled with colorful pom-poms hanging from the ceiling.
Nicole Ornelas, 6, and her mother, Michele, were very happy to spend the day together.
“I see it as a date,” said Michele. “A very special time between mother and daughter.”
Once the guests were seated, they were treated to an assortment of sweets and punch as well as a choice of 19 different teas.
Once everyone was finished eating, the girls got to model their beautiful dresses. Some stopping to strike a pose as the crowd cheered them on.
“The fashion show is always the best part,” said Grates. “It’s so much fun to see the little girls blossom and it brings out their self-esteem.”
Due to limited space and the great demand from attendees, the ASYMCA plans to host the event for a second time this year in September.
“The staff worked extremely hard to ensure this event was a success,” said Grates. “We truly appreciate the support. It’s great to have an event that’s sold out,” she said.
For more information about the upcoming Mother Daughter Tea and Fashion Show, contact the ASYMCA at 436-0500.