The Irlbeck dads and their daughters: Jeff and Jada Irlbeck, Alan and Haylie Irlbeck, Joe and Brynnlee Irlbeck.
The Irlbeck dads and their daughters: Jeff and Jada Irlbeck, Alan and Haylie Irlbeck, Joe and Brynnlee Irlbeck.
April 14, 2014



More than 100 girls in glittering ball gowns graced the Manning Hausbarn on Saturday, April 5, for Manning Child Care Center's inaugural father-daughter Princess Prom.

More than 175 Manning-area residents watched as the little princesses promenaded into the Hausbarn. In addition to dancing, the princesses received temporary princess tattoos, made their own crowns, posed in a photo booth, and completed princess coloring pages.

There was also a raffle for 12 princess-themed baskets that were donated by Manning Child Care Center parents and community members.

Cinderella, played by Chantelle Grove, read the princesses a story, and Belle, played by Natalie Nulle, sang "Tale as Old As Time."

The event raised money for the center's expansion project. The center was built 13 years ago but in recent years has outgrown its space in the lower level of the Caleris building on North Main Street, said Jamie Blum, member of the center's board of directors.

So far, the Manning Child Care Center has received funding from the Timmerman Foundation Trust, the City of Manning and private donations to move further into the building's open area and expand its programming, she added.

In total, roughly $2,000 was raised for the center by the event's nearly 200 attendees.

"All the girls had a lot of fun," said Blum. "It was a very successful event."

The planning committee for the event was comprised of seven area mothers. Additionally, 11 high school students, also dressed in prom dresses, volunteered to dance with the girls and help lead additional activities.

The center hopes to hold an active mother-son event - think laser tag as opposed to a dance - sometime in the fall, said Blum.