The girls wore their best dresses, the boys their best — suits and ties as music played in the background, the room decorated with — balloons and streamers, a disco ball rotating from above a perfect setting — for a high school formal.

But the event at the Historic Ashland Armory was a bit — different - instead of boys taking girls on a date, the girls' fathers — had the honor of escorting them to the formal.

The brainchild of two Ashland High School seniors, the — father-daughter formal on Saturday gave girls and their dads a chance — to spend a memorable evening together. More than 50 people attended the — event. While the formal was designed for the entire community, the majority — of those who attended were from the high school.

AHS senior Sarah Cate was quite pleased her dad, Tim Cate, — escorted her to the formal.

"It's good to be with a gentleman," Sarah said. "I think — it's fun to be with your dad."

Tim Cate was quite impressed with the work done to make — the night a reality.

For Cate, it was a good way to spend some quality time — with his daughter.

"It's such a nice thing to have a special evening with — your daughter," he said. "That relationship needs more recognition in — our world. It's a very creative idea."

The formal was a senior project put together by Brittany — Wise and Kari Brumble.

Kari said they hoped the event would be a way for daughters — and their dads - or father figures - to have a nice evening together. — The formal consisted of dinner, dancing and a raffle.

"We're both going off to college and we wanted this time — with our fathers and father figures," she said. "You don't really find — a lot of events you can go to with your parents."

The girls hope another group of seniors will continue — the event next year, perhaps having a mother/son formal, and rotate between — the two formats each year.

Burl Brim of Ashland, Brittany's uncle, was her escort — to the formal.

He was proud of what she and Kari accomplished.

"It was a big task and she saw it through," he said. "I — think it's a neat thing. It's common in the south, but you never hear — of it out here. It's a good thing to do."

Money from the formal will go toward two college scholarships — that will go to seniors who display excellence in community service. The — scholarship will be named after Sue Graham, the volunteer coordinator — at the high school.

"She does so much, so we wanted to give something back — to her," Wise said.

Graham was humbled the girls started a scholarship in — her name and impressed they were able to come up with and coordinate such — an undertaking.

"It's great what they're doing," she said. "I'm impressed — with their commitment and dedication to this event and how they're involving — the community in such a wonderful event."