Frills and fun at Father-Daughter Dance

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Ashford - posted Thu., Mar. 31, 2011
Matt Basch escorted his daughters, Allyson and Hannah, to the dance in Ashford. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Matt Basch escorted his daughters, Allyson and Hannah, to the dance in Ashford. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

Dads and their daughters enjoyed an evening out at the fifth annual Ashford PTO Father-Daughter Dance on March 26 at Ashford School.

PTO event co-chairs Tracey Campbell and April Basch spared no amount of effort making the dance a memorable night. Glittering decorations, food made for kids, music and the very popular raffle baskets enhanced everyone’s enjoyment. “I love seeing the kids. They like to get dressed up like they are going to a prom. The girls are beaming when they arrive and it is beautiful to see them dancing with their fathers,” Basch said.

Girls from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade had their hair done, and wore dresses that ranged from simple to elaborate. Tony Siggins accompanied his daughter, Marlaina. “This is our fourth year, and the kids have such a good time. She loves the event and has been talking about it for two months,” he said of his daughter. “Dress shopping was a big deal.”

John Ayers attended with his daughter, Rachel. “It is a fun event. You get to show off your girls and have some special time with them. It is fun to be out with just Rachel. Usually there are five of us,” Ayers said.

“I like dancing with my friends and Dad, but with Dad better,” Rachel added.

The Ashford PTO raised money by offering photos of the girls and their dads, and by raffling baskets filled with goodies related to the themes of “Fun in the Sun,” “Rise n’ Shine Breakfast Basket,” “Family Movie Night,” “Tubs o’ Fun,” “Pizza Party” and “Sweet Treats.” The raffle baskets are extremely popular. “We have got it down to a science, shopping and putting them together in about three days. My favorite part is giving out the baskets,” Campbell said.

The Ashford PTO uses the money it raises to help the school sponsor activities and to buy equipment. The next PTO-sponsored event will be an ice cream social on April 8.

“This is a small community and it is heartwarming to see families – many of whom know each other – get together for these events,” Basch said.

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