By Jackson Holtz, Herald Writer
EVERETT – Some girls get dad a bottle of after-shave for Father’s Day.
In Everett on Saturday, several girls instead took dad dancing.
“I wanted some more time with him,” Haley Brown, 8, said.
Along with her father, David, the pair was among about 80 people who attended the father-daughter dinner dance.
“It’s not that often that I get a chance to take my daughter and just treat her to time with me,” David Brown of Lake Stevens said.
Having busy fathers spend an evening with their daughters just before Father’s Day was what the event was all about, organizer Beth Graef said.
The program was sponsored by the faith-based Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County. The group provides alternatives to abortion and contraceptives. Graef conducts outreach to schools to teach abstinence, she said.
Saturday’s dance also was an opportunity for fathers to teach the girls what a safe date should be, Graef said.
“They can have fun in an alcohol-, drug- and violence-free environment,” she said.
Dancing doesn’t have to be all bump and grind.
“If someone does something daddy didn’t do, then that’s not right,” she said.
On Saturday, many of the girls were dressed in ball gowns. The fathers wore suits and ties. The entrance to the First Baptist Church had a red carpet.
“I wanted to be here with Dad,” Crystal Wartinger, 15, of Lake Stevens said. “I thought it would be fun to get all formal and hang out with him.”
While she said she had plans to take him fishing today, Saturday night was for dancing.
“Sure, why not?” Crystal’s dad, Tom, said of the evening.
Mothers get more attention than fathers, Graef said.
“This is something that was really special for the dads that we could do,” she said.
For Meme Keough, 6, of Snohomish, the night was a chance to put on a flowered dress and spend some rare time alone with her father, Marty.
As she arrived clinging to her dad’s arm, she was all smiles. A simple gesture gave away how she felt.
She stuck her hand out and gave a big thumbs-up.
Reporter Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.