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An evening of memories for dads and their daughters

February 23, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

"To a daughter who never stops looking up to her dad from a dad who never stops looking out for his daughter." Those inspired words accompanied the single rose provided for each dad to present to his daughter, as the group of fathers serenaded their special girls with "My Girl."

It was a special night indeed for daddies and their daughters as Boardman Park recently hosted its ninth annual Father-Daughter Valentine's dance. Held at the Lariccia Family Community Center, on Feb. 17, 18, and 19, the event welcomed 57 couples each evening, according to Boardman Park Program Director Karen McCallum.

Fathers and their daughters ages five through 12 enjoyed a semi-formal dinner dance in the company of their special dates, and completed the evening with a professional photo and a DJ to provide the tunes to which they danced the night away.

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What better way to spend a frosty, winter night than celebrating the bond of fathers and their daughters. Gina Grace Griffith did just that with her dad Zach Griffith at Boardman Park’s ninth annual daddy and daughter dance.

"A number of the girls have been coming to the event for years," said McCallum, who added that for this year's 12-year-old attendees, the evening was bittersweet.

Sharing that the daddy and daughter dance is one of, if not her favorite event, McCallum said she stresses that the evening is about making sure the dads are making memories. One special meal, a single rose, a serenade, and a night on the dance floor later, they had done just that.



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