Tiaras Ball helps teach girls value

Published 3:00 am Friday, April 17, 2015

Girls ages 12 to 18 are invited.

For the second time, Tiaras, a branch of the traveling Legacy Ministry, is organizing the ball in Troy.

Tiaras Ball is an event across borders, according to Lily Garcia, the founder of the event.

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Since 2012, the ball has come to various states and other countries to helped young girls find their value and worth.

This year Tiaras Ball is held in Troy, Detroit and Guatemala, Garcia said.

“I grew up inner city with a single mom,” she said. “I never knew my worth as a young woman. Now my heart is to change that for other girls, to rewrite the statistics of teen pregnancy, promiscuity and suicide.”

This year, girls attending the ball will have a chance to participate in a variety of activities, according to Leah Livingston, host of the Troy Tiaras Ball. They will walk on pink carpet, join in a worship session and hear a message from Mallory Jayjohn, the 2013 Troy University Homecoming Queen. There will be a crowning ceremony followed by an all-pink after party.

“At the party, there will be pink food, and the girls can mingle and talk to each other,” Livingston said. “There are girls from five different counties coming to the ball, so they will have a chance to meet and make new friends.”

Livingston said she was happy with last year’s attendance at the Troy Tiaras Ball. She is expecting nearly 200 girls to come for this year event.

“The ball is to encourage young girls to find their worth in Christ and find their value from Him, not from a boy or relationships or from the society,” she said.

Garcia said at the end of the event, the attending girls would be crowned.

“The crowing ceremony is a symbolic act to teach the girls that they are princesses, God’s daughters,” she said. “When I was a young girl, I didn’t know that even though I am fatherless, I was still daughter of a King.”

Garcia said the ball had royal touches to it with arts, music and dance incorporating messages of self-worth.

“It’s really humbling to see the girls coming out for the ball,” she said. “It’s also inspiring that in one night, we can change their mindset and open their eyes about their true worth. Their value is more than their looks or their sizes. It comes from their purpose, their passion.”

The 2015 Tiaras Ball will be on April 18 at Troy University Claudia Crosby Theater from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entrance for the girls to attend the ball is free.

Livingston said the $2000 budget for the ball all comes from donations. The organization raises the money through social media, donor contacts and sponsorship. Tiaras also organizes a dress drive so that the girls can come and pick up a gown for the ball.

For more information and donations, check the Tiaras’ website at http://www.tiaras-girls.com.