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February 26, 2014

Father-daughter dance set for Saturday

ASHLAND — Fathers and daughters will have a unique opportunity to connect on Saturday night.

The third annual Tri-State Father-Daughter Dance takes place in the lobby of James A. Anderson Gymnasium on the campus of Paul G. Blazer High School from 7 to 9 p.m.

Three Blazer juniors are putting the dance together, which is open to anyone and at no charge as are keepsake photos, courtesy of Steve Thompson’s K-Mag Photography.

Haley Pierce, Emily Ford and Doug Mollett are the co-chairmen of the dance. They’ve enlisted help from local businesses as sponsors.

While there is no charge for admission, the group will be taking donations with proceeds going to the Two Hearts Pregnancy Center on 29th Street.

“This is for anyone and all ages,” Pierce said. “It’s also for any school district. We’ve been to several schools to invite them to come.”

Katie Hornbuckle, who graduated from Blazer last year, was in charge of the dance the past two years. She gave the reins over to the new group.

“Katie pretty much handed responsibility over to Doug and Emily,” Pierce said. “It’s been a good thing but it’s a lot of work putting it all together. But I think everybody will be happy with it. I know that it has been a huge success in the past.”

The dance is an opportunity for fathers and daughters of any age to connect. There will be door prizes including ones for the  youngest and oldest dads in attendance.

K-Mag Photography will post photos of the father-daughter couples and post them on Facebook for download.

Pierce said they have a playlist that will be hooked into a sound system for the music. Snacks and refreshments are also available at no charge.

“We want everybody to come out and have a fun time,” she said. “We plan on doing this again next year and I think it will be easier. This was new to all of us and we learned a lot.”

Many fathers take daughters out to eat before the dance, Pierce said. “It’s a great chance for fathers to make their daughters feel special.”

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

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