The 40th Annual Firefighters’ Valentine Sweetheart dance sponsored by the Kansas City KS chapter of the Black Professional Firefighters Assoc. known as P.R.I.D.E. (Professional Racial Image Demonstrating Equality) was held Feb. 9 at the Reardon Center.

Over 650 attendees at the dance were treated to musical performance by featured R&B singer, Chico DeBarge. Besides being the younger brother of the Motown Singing group DeBarge, he is best known for his hit singles “Talk to Me,” “Rainy Night,” “Give You What You Want (Fa Sure)” and his 1997 breakthrough album “Long Time No See.”

There was a Meet & Greet with DeBarge who’s fans came from as far away as California and Michigan. DeBarge also has family in the Kansas City area who attended the dance.

The evening included a ceremonial champagne toast and buffet style dinner,. Couples were able to purchase packages which included one or two night stay at the hotel, a 5×7 photo and breakfast buffets.

Proceeds from the dance help fund the P.R.I.D.E.’s back to school fair and parade, Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets families and donations to scholarship funds and programming.

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