Nicolas Chevalier’s 12-year-old daughter beams with pride as he hands her the small invitation card to FitSpirit’s Father-Daughter Ball. She can’t wait to spend this fairy-tale evening with her dear dad.
Chevalier, who sits on FitSpirit’s Board of Directors, enlisted colleagues and friends to attend the big event with their daughters and make it a truly memorable evening. Long before the night of the event, outings were planned to shop for the big day—the ball was on everyone’s mind. Laurence debated dresses, shoes and hairdos with her mother. Chevalier faced an important decision: to tuxedo or not to tuxedo? Jumping in feet first, he decided to don the formal outfit and step onto the ballroom floor in style.
FitSpirit’s first annual Father-Daughter Ball, which was held on May 6 at l’Arsenal, far surpassed everyone’s expectations. Chevalier thinks back on the moment he entered the ballroom with fondness, watching as Laurence, awestruck by the ballroom’s sophisticated elegance and relishing the excited hum of its bustling crowd, grasped her father’s familiar, reassuring arm. Twirling in her beautiful gown, she hopped from one station to the next with her friends: from the DJ’s stage, to the dessert table, to the photo booth (where she stood beside Justin Trudeau for a magical souvenir shot).
Chevalier and his daughter Laurence had a blast, but the proud father’s mind never strayed from the guest of honour—FitSpirit—and its critical role in the life of Canadian girls. His daughter plays a few different sports, and Chevalier acknowledge the impact this has on her confidence and well-being. He truly hopes Laurence was moved by that evening’s testimonials, and that the cause has struck a chord with her.
Young girls in attendance didn’t miss a beat: they swapped their flats for Converse before hitting the dance floor. More than a few daddy-daughter pairs are sure to think back fondly on this evening for years to come.