The mission of Her Knight is to celebrate daughters and create opportunities for them to experience God’s love through their relationships with parents and other important adults in their lives.
Our annual dance seeks to provide a spectacular environment for fathers to bring their daughters and show them they are loved and cherished in a special and memorable way.
Studies confirm that the presence of an involved, loving father has long-lasting, positive effects on children.
For girls who may not have a father present or active in their lives, we encourage other men – such as stepfathers, grandfathers, godfathers or uncles – to be involved.
Not only do we focus on building quality relationships and memories at the Her Knight Dance, we also help strengthen families in our community! For every ticket purchase, we donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit local non-profits that support and encourage fathers and/or daughters.
Her Knight began in Lexington, Kentucky, in 2010. A group of volunteers shared a common desire to create a father/daughter dance that celebrated and strengthened the bonds between young girls and their fathers. The success of the event led to forming a board of directors to create a formal non-profit organization and to oversee the father/daughter dance on an annual basis.
Her Knight received its designation as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with the IRS in 2014. Her Knight is a registered trademark of Her Knight Dance, Inc.
To date, Her Knight has welcomed more than 7,000 knights and their daughters at the dance and donated more than $160,000 to further initiatives that support and encourage fathers and/or daughters. Her Knight is operated entirely by unpaid volunteers.
Sally holds a degree in business administration and hospitality management from Transylvania University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate and non-profit event management, and has served in a variety of roles on non-profit boards. She and her husband, Nathan, live in Lexington and have two children.
Nancy has a Communication Arts degree from Georgetown College. She has more than 15 years of corporate marketing and public relations experience as well as holds a variety of positions with numerous volunteer organizations. She loves living in Lexington with her husband, Phil, and two children.
Emily graduated early, with honors, from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. Her experience with non-profits and event planning spans more than ten years, and she currently works full time at the University of Kentucky in the College of Medicine. Emily and her husband, Dwayn, are raising twin daughters and a son.
Kate graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Merchandising. Upon graduation, she was accepted to the Branch Management Fast Track Program at National City Bank and has been in Bank Management since. Currently, Kate is a Business Development Manager at Republic Bank & Trust Co, specializing in Commercial Lending. Kate lives in Lexington, KY and is raising her daughter and twin boys.
Leslie graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has held different roles in volunteering, serving on PTA Committees/Boards and various other fundraising roles. Leslie and her husband, Brian, live in Lexington with their son and daughter.
Emily graduated Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in German. She has served over 18 years in the banking industry, and she currently works at Republic Bank as a Private Banking Officer, Vice President. Emily and her husband, Marcus, enjoy raising their son and daughter in the wonderful city of Lexington.
Lennie holds Bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications and a Master’s degree in Mass Communications Studies, all from the University of Kentucky. Her background is in corporate relations within the university career center setting, and she enjoys volunteering for several organizations. She loves living in Lexington with her husband Brad, and their two children.
Maegan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from DePauw University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. Currently, Maegan is a former children’s leader for Bible Study Fellowship and enjoys teaching Sunday School at her church to 2nd and 3rd graders. Maegan and her husband, Trent, live in Nicholasville with their three children. When she’s not volunteering with Her Knight, Maegan is pursuing her passion of helping children in Haiti through Hills of Grace, a nonprofit founded by she and Trent in 2019.
Her Knight dance has meant the world to my girls and our relationship. THANK YOU for continuing to grow this ministry – YES, MINISTRY – to other Dads that struggle to figure out how to interact with their girls.
I attended our first Her Knight dance on the 2nd year that they offered it. I struggled to figure out the benefit of taking my young girls to a crowded dance with other dads and their daughters. Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed anything (but leading up to the dance, I was skeptical.)
I found the overwhelming significance of the night when we arrived home and the girls debriefed the night with their Mom. They talked about how much fun they had and included “we” in their conversations. I knew then it was something we wouldn’t ever miss again…7 dances later.
I love the concept of being my daughter’s Knight for the evening. It’s fun that only she and I get to go! We are always closer after attending the Her Knight event. It’s a great tradition for my daughter and me. I love my daughter’s continued excitement to see the pictures/videos when we get home from the dance, and the anticipation of seeing our professional photos that were taken.