Girls for a Change

Date with dad weekend 2016

Connecting Fathers and Daughters Wherever They Are!

Date With Dad Weekend is three days full of events all aimed at fostering the all-important father-daughter relationship, hosted by Camp Diva, a Richmond-based program of Girls For A Change, GFAC, a non-profit that provides opportunities for teen girls to prepare themselves, in every way, for their passage into womanhood. Date With Dad events are not only designed to improve and provide opportunities for positive father-daughter and father-family relationships, but they also provide a unique opportunity to publicly celebrate fatherhood, and to increase public awareness of the developmental importance of father-daughter relationships.


ACTOR CHAD L. COLEMAN "The Walking Dead" & "The Wire"
 National Date With Dad Spokesperson

TOM JOYNER "Tom Joyner Morning Show"
Host of 9th Annual Date With Dad Dinner & Dance

Co-Executive Producer of "Daddy Don't Go"

9th Annual Date With Dad Dinner & Dance and A Dance of Their Own

CLOVIA LAWRENCE "Miss Community Clovia" 99.3-105.7 Kiss FM
Co-Host of 9th Annual Date With Dad Dinner & Dance

LORNA PINCKNEY and ROSCOE BURNEMS Tuesday Verses & Wednesday Verses
Hosts of Active Dads

KENNETH BRASWELL Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated
Executive Producer of "Spit'in Anger"

Jessica Smith Culture Queen "Culture Kingdom Kids"
Host of Camps For Girls Expo

ANGELA W. PATTON CEO of Girls For A Change
Girl Activator

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WIN FREE TICKETS to the dance & more

Ends February 29, 2016 - Honorees announces March 2, 2016

Weekend Schedule:

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016 

6-9 p.m. | Downtown YMCA, 2 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA. 23220 
Admission: FREE - RSVP | Street/Paid Parking
Hosted by Lorna Pinckney and Roscoe Burnems of Tuesday Verses, this hip hop-themed evening, open to fathers/father figures and daughters (ages 5 and up), is all about having fun while playing games, being active, and learning how to stay fit while spending some quality time together.  This year’s activities will include hip hop dance, kickboxing, zumba, double dutch jump rope, stepping, a game of Twister, and a healthy cooking demo. 

UNDERSTANDING DAD with screening of "Spit'in Anger"
6-9 p.m. | Downtown YMCA, 2 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA. 23220 
Admission: FREE - RSVP | Street/Paid Parking

While dads and daughters are active at Active Dads, women, especially moms and caregivers, are encouraged to attend this special screening of “Spit’in Anger,” a documentary executive produced by Kenneth Braswell, the executive director of Fathers Incorporated.  A conversation and discussion, with Braswell as special guest, will follow the screening.  The goal is to help women better understand their role in supporting the relationship between daughters (and sons) and their fathers

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5-9 p.m. | Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA. 23222

TICKETS: $60 per father-daughter couple ($25 per additional daughter) VIP/sponsorships available! 
VIP opens at 3 p.m. | Doors open at 4:30 p.m. | Dinner at 5:45 p.m. sharp 

Hosted by Tom Joyner of “Tom Joyner Morning Show” and “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence of Richmond’s 99.3 and 105.7 Kiss FM, this event will feature dinner, live entertainment, contests, prizes, photos, special guests, and of course, lots of dancing!  Actor and Richmond native Chad L. Coleman of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” will interview dads and daughters on the red carpet, and help Girls For A Change honor five dads with Real Father Awards.  Special guest Actor Malik Yoba will also participate.  Actor and Comedian Antoine Scott will perform and entertain the fathers and daughters as well. Dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill.

$1,000 Platinum Table Sponsorship / $500 Table Sponsorship 

Dinner Options:
  • Grilled Chicken, Pasta, House Salad and Roll with Yellow Cake.
  • Grilled Salmon, Pasta, House Salad and Roll with Yellow Cake.
  • Vegan Lasagna, House Salad and Roll with Vegan Cake.
  • Under 6 years old: Chicken Fingers, House Salad and Roll with Yellow Cake.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 

12-1 p.m. | Virginia Union University - Henderson Building, 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220
$5 Donation Optional  | On-site Parking

The entire family/community is encouraged to participate and come together to show support for fathers everywhere.  On-site registration begins at 11 a.m.  The walk/run will begin at 12 p.m. After Dash For Dads, families are encouraged to attend the Camps For Girls Expo, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., for summer camp opportunities, girl empowerment programs and resources, kids’ games, prizes, and more.  We encourage participants to wear their Date With Dad t-shirts during Dash For Dads, not required.  Buy T-shirts and Pick-up during Active Dads or before the event. One mile walk on campus available for youth.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Virginia Union University - Henderson Building, 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220
Admission: FREE | On-site Parking

Visit Richmond 's first camp fair focused exclusively on connecting girls with great summer camps and enrichment programs throughout the Richmond Metropolitan Area. Hosted by Jessica “Culture Queen” Smith of “Culture Kingdom Kids” a master performing and teaching artist who creates fun and cultural experiences for your royal children!  The fair is designed to be informative, free, and fun for the whole family with games, entertainment, give-a-ways, special guests, book drive to support Marley, and college tour. (If you would like to sell your products, promote your program, attraction, activities or camp, please complete the vendor application.)

Screening of "Daddy Don't Go" with Q&A featuring Actor Malik Yoba
Virginia Union University - Living Learning Center, 1500 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220
TICKETS: $15 per person - $10 ages 17 and under (Online only $25 for two)  

“Daddy Don’t Go” is a feature length documentary that chronicles the lives of four disadvantaged men in New York City as they struggle to be good fathers. Actor Malik Yoba, the co-executive producer of the documentary will be a special guest. Join us as “Daddy Don’t Go” shatters the deadbeat dad stereotype, redefining what it means to be a good father for all men.  (Maybe inappropriate for children under 13)

A DANCE OF THEIR OWN: A Father-Daughter Dance in Jail 
Closed to the public
This dance is aimed at bringing fathers residing in the jail together with their daughters for special, uninterrupted time together in a community-like environment similar to the Date With Dad Dinner and Dance. This marks the first time the Richmond City Jail will host this event in its newly-opened facility.   


Proceeds from all events benefit Girls For A Change's Camp Diva Scholarship Fund. 

Thanks again to our 2015 Sponsors

 Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille

Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative

Civitas Health Services, Inc.

Team Henry Enterprises

Bruce Weber Photography
Councilwoman Ellen Robinson
Delegate Delores McQuinn
ECPI University
Johnson, Inc.
Marlow Financial Services/Co-Lab Productions
Mayor W. Howard Myers of Petersburg, VA
Second Chance for Youth
Tri-Cities Men's Ministry of Fort Lee, VA
Trinity Family Life Center