Every little girl's dream come true was granted Saturday night as the Boys & Girls Club was the scene for the “Daddy and Daughter” dance held to benefit the Ennis United Way.
A fairy princess stage coach and decorations lined the gym as little girls dressed in their party dresses and spent a little quality time with their fathers, grandfathers or other family members that served as their escorts.
Organizers are very happy with the turn out and the feedback they have received.
“I was hoping for a good crowd and I wasn't disappointed. It was great to see so many families take part in something that has been proven to be a great experience. We have received so many positive comments on the event and we are very appreciative of everyone that attended,” said Angela Jones, co-organizer of the event as part of ongoing fund-raising efforts by the Ennis Regional Medical Center.
Jones, who moved to Ennis from Palestine saw first hand how well the event could work and wanted to bring that experience to the community.
“The dance was a huge deal in our last community and my daughter loved going to it. It was a community supported event that meant a lot to everyone. When we were looking for a fund-raiser event to help support the United Way, I knew that this could work in Ennis,” she said.
The dance, which ran from 6 - 10 p.m., was a hit with the little girls as well as their escorts, who were excited to be attending the first of what promises to be many “Daddy and Daughter” dances.
“This is the first time we have been to this kind of event and I am glad we came. We didn't really know anyone else here but that didn't stop us from having a great time,” said Wayne Stewart of Palmer who escorted his daughter Heather.
For other fathers, the evening was a great opportunity to spend some quality time with all of the girls in their lives.
Randy Ray of Ennis escorted his three daughters Haleigh, Abbie and Mariah to the dance and was glad they could all be together.
“This was a really exciting night for all of us and I was glad we could spend it together. I think the dance was a great idea and we look forward to next year,” he said.
The proceeds from the dance will be added to an ever increasing total that ERMC has been collecting in support of the Ennis United Way. The hospital will continue to hold fund-raisers and collect donations until the end of the month. The dance was an event sponsored by ERNC in conjunction with the Ennis Youth Cheerleading Association, who helped organize and work at the event.
“I had a lot of help to make things happen and I couldn't have done it alone. Several coaches and board members of the EYCA worked very hard to ensure a great night for the girls and I appreciate their efforts, specifically Julie Skroh, Candy Driscoll, Angela Medina, Michelle Beard, Rebecca Perez, Alma Gonzales and Brandi Mattox,” Jones said.
She was also quick to point out the efforts of everyone at ERMC for their contributions toward the success of the event, including Jane Mize and April Hopkins.
“I really can't thank everyone enough for all that they have done to make this event happen. From the volunteers to Bruce Lattimer who donated his time to provide photos for the guests, it was a joint effort and I am very glad it was so well supported by the community. We are already looking forward to planning next year's event,” Jones said.