Latisha Chastang has one mission this Father’s Day… make sure fathers cherish their daughters and ensure that daughters realize their worth.
“Positive relationships with fathers are paramount in the lives of our daughters,” says Latisha Chastang, President and CEO of the Little Ladies of Virtue Tea Society (LLOVTS). “I am fortunate enough to have three fathers in my life, my father, my stepfather, and father-in law.”
LLOVTS will host the 2nd Annual Father/Daughter Tea on Saturday June 9, 2012 at the Columbus Museum of Art. Chastang wants to make an impact with this event, ultimately transforming the way fathers interact with their daughters and to help foster healthy relationships with their fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, step-fathers and foster fathers.
In Franklin County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 131,000 girls under the age of 18 are solely raised by their mother, which is 47 percent.
She believes that girls across the nation are crying out for help. They want to be heard. They want to be valued. They want to make a difference. They want to be understood. Although many girls are excelling in the school books they are struggling with fitting in, self esteem, image, direction, and most importantly, they are struggling with relationships with their fathers.
“This tea is so many things to so many little girls,” says Chastang. It takes some women a lifetime to discover who they are, that is why the Father/Daughter Tea is so important.
This year’s event will open with all the pomp and circumstance expected of most elegant events. It will have the presence of a military color guard, fancy attire, formal escorts and keynote speaker Community Activist Tom Dillard.
The event has garnered support from community and business leaders in the areas of fundraising, graphic design, branding and promotion. LLOVTS recently received a $3,000 donation from the United Way.
Chastang’s credits the phenomenal father/daughter relationship between her husband Carl who she has been married to for eleven years and her daughter Danielle as the inspiration for the event. She believes that it is a father who teaches his daughter how they should be treated.
LLOVTS mantra is derived from the Bible’s Book of Proverbs 31 in reference to the virtuous woman being compared to a rare ruby. From a biblical standpoint the gemstone meaning of the ruby is preciousness, of great value, costly glories, wisdom, and a prized treasure.
"So many people are focused on getting the diamonds,” says Chastang. “We want to cultivate the rubies.”
For more information about the 2nd Annual Father/Daughter Tea or LLOVTS visit http://www.wix.com/teasocietyohio
The Little Ladies of Virtue Tea Society (LLOVTS) was created in 2007 by Deborah Mitchell-Davis who created the vision and gave the mantel to her daughter, Latisha Chastang to carry on the fight for all girls who are in desperate need to do what they have never done in their life which is to live and not continue to exist. The primary focus is to develop self-confident, poise, articulate, ladies of character with integrity.
To help increase the economic and social mobility of young ladies from all communities and all walks of life by exposing them to fine arts, career planning, self esteem, community service projects, and etiquette workshops.
This organization is geared towards girls and young ladies ages 5-21.They will be educated the necessary tools, skills and mentoring that will propel them towards their destiny; creating a strategy for their life through a sisterhood which helps find balance in the multiple roles that they may have to play one day such as, a friend, mother, wife or even a business leader.
Our goal is to cultivate potential and help fulfill destiny by establishing strong relationships of sisterhood. The platform will be in a high tea fashion and environment called “tea seminars”.
Tea seminars will serve as a platform where age specific information will be provided about career options, accountability, and behavior issues. LLOVTS will is also to encourage personal growth by capitalizing on each member’s strength. In addition, there will be opportunities for mentoring, community service and enriched learning experiences.