Baton Rouge General to Host Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance on March 11

Families have been making memories at Baton Rouge General’s annual Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance since 1993. The event was so cherished for Raphael Crawford and his daughter Nathalie that they traveled back to Baton Rouge from Germany in 2016 to attend the dance. And the idea of starting a new tradition was so compelling for Taylor Kleinpeter Watts that her daughter Charlie Marie was only nine days old the first time she attended the dance with dad Austin Watts and grandfather Troy Kleinpeter.

Hosted by the Baton Rouge General Foundation, this year’s event will be held March 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Raising Cane’s River Center downtown. The dance began 25 years ago with 100 guests and grew to more than 1,300 attendees in 2017. Proceeds support the patients and families served by BRG. Funds raised last year benefitted BRG’s Regional Burn Center.

To commemorate its 25th anniversary, this year’s dance will include a special appearance by pop sensation band Pop Princess, as well as a pop-up gift shop, Disney princesses, a table decorating contest, and much more. Individual tickets, sponsorships, and table packages are available at or by calling (225) 763-4373.