By Misty DUPLESSIS
On Friday, a royal ball was held for the princesses of Valley View Elementary in celebration of the annual Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance.
The room was filled with photographs of famous royals, family crest posters and tables adorned with tiered glasses overflowing with jewels.
Girls arrived dressed in gowns and tiaras, escorted by their fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers or family friends who were all ready to eat, play games and dance.
For the last six years, a group of dedicated parent volunteers work together to choose a fun, themed night for the annual event.
The women worked nonstop all night to ensure that everything ran smoothly, overseeing all aspects of the event from the catered food provided by Peppercorn Kitchen to distributing the tiara necklaces that all the girls left with at the end of the night.
Thanks to donations by students and parents, there were plenty of baked goods for the girls and their dads to enjoy including sparkled cake pops and tiara-shaped white chocolate candies.
Committee member Zoe White was excited that the same DJ from last year was available to entertain the school this year.
“We’re lucky to have Kendall Roberg because he rocks. It wouldn’t be the same without him,” White said of the returning DJ.
The room was temporarily divided between daughters and the dads as they participated in a playful, competitive song game.
For many families this event is the highlight of the year. Many of the girls look forward to dressing up and dads and daughters appreciate spending time with each other.
Daddy Jonathan Price has enjoyed attending the dances for years. This year he came with his younger daughter, third grader Jensen.
“It was really fun and great,” said Jensen of the evening, adding that her favorite part of the night was dancing with her father.
Committee member Linda Hunter said that every year the event gets bigger and bigger, and that this year they broke a record for the highest number of attendees.