Matt Levy and his daughter, Carly, share a dance while attending Sunday's Daddy/Daughter Valentine's Dance at the Quakertown YMCA.
Dads and their daughters came dressed to impress in a unique celebration for Valentine’s Day on Feb. 10. The Upper Bucks YMCA has held a Daddy/Daughter Valentine's Dance for 15 years, giving dads and their daughters a chance to spend quality time together.
Sandi Robb, childcare director for the Fairview Avenue , Quakertown facility, organized the event with help from several of her co-workers, friends and family. Robb explained, “This event is special for dads and their daughters who often times don’t get the opportunity to come together in this type of setting.”
Robb said the event was open to YMCA members as well as non-members with this year’s participants totaling approximately 134.
The event offered dancing, photos, snacks, raffle prizes, and Valentine’s Day crafts and games. Tickets could be purchased at the door upon arrival for $18-$25 depending on membership status. All monies collected during the festivities benefit the childcare division of the facility.
Dads and daughters were free to mingle and dance to music provided by DJ Steve Horning of Freedom Entertainment, play games for candy prizes, complete a Valentine’s craft together, or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win an array of candy baskets.
Robb explained many of the facility’s directors not only volunteered their time for the event but also items for the basket raffle, snacks and craft activities.
Jason Freier of Quakertown and his 4-year-old daughter, Jocilyn, were found sitting together completing a Valentine’s craft. Both agreed the event was fun and Jason Freier said, “They have great activities and great prizes.”
Although some participants appeared apprehensive on the dance floor, Daniel Anderson and his 6-year-old daughter, Alaina Rose, of Quakertown, had no trouble showing off their moves.
Alaina Freier said this was their first dance at the YMCA and her dad noted, “This is great! We didn’t realize the dance was going on today and just happened to see the signs outside Alaina’s gymnastics class. Of course she insisted we come, and here we are.”
Another father/daughter duo from Quakertown, who attended the dance last year, enjoyed a snack before hitting the festivities. Justin Underwood stated, “This is a great event and wonderful that they put it on for us.”
Six-year-old daughter Emma explained, “I like the dancing!”
The Upper Bucks YMCA plans to hold the Daddy/Daughter Valentine’s Dance again next year. For more information regarding the facility and other events, visit their website at www.ubymca.org.