Mandy Flanders wanted to treat her father to something special — a date just for the two of them.
When she heard about Chick-fil-A’s Daddy Daughter event, she knew she wanted to attend with her father.
“I love Chick-fil-A, and I love my dad. I thought it would be perfect for us,” she said.
The two have always had a close relationship and often spend time together.
“Although I’m 32, I’m still his princess and he always treats me that way,” she said of her father, Jack Flanders.
Being invited to an event just for fathers and daughters meant a lot, her father said.
“It made me feel special,” he said with a smile as he sat across the table from his daughter at the event at the North Augusta restaurant on Saturday.
North Augusta Chick-fil-A was among many Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Aiken and Augusta areas that participated in the Daddy Daughter Date Night event Saturday.
The event required reservations, and the North Augusta restaurant’s 60 reservation slots were filled within a few days of the reservation window opening on Jan. 21, said Jenny Jackson, the marketing director.
The goal was to provide an event for fathers and daughters to connect.
“We are working to encourage healthy relationships between dads and daughters, and we want to provide a fun atmosphere where they can enjoy one another’s company,” Jackson said.
The event’s attendees took pictures, enjoyed a limousine ride and were serenaded by a violinist who played throughout the dinner.
Byron Stephens attended the event with his 2-year-old daughter, Amari.
“Everyone claims she’s her daddy’s baby, and spending time with her shows her how special she is to me,” he said.
He makes it a point to spend as much time with each of his children as possible, including Amari, who is the middle child, he said.
It’s especially important for fathers to spend one-on-one time with their daughters, he added.
“It’s great to be able to have individual time with her. I want to treat her well so she’ll know, many, many, many years from now that she should expect to be treated nicely,” he said.