Fathers, grandfathers and guardians joined their daughters and granddaughters at The Casements on June 17 to sing “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen,” complete with accompanying arm gestures and faraway gazes. Most dads agreed the song is a household staple.
The city of Ormond Beach’s first father-daughter dance brought out an abundance of flapper dresses, pearls, suspenders and bow ties, harkening back to the roaring ’20s.
Dancers dined on dinner and dessert provided by RPS Catering and accompanied by tunes played by DJ Justin Kerin, owner of Sky Events Unlimited.
We would like for this to become an annual event. The guests all gave all positives. We try to make our events family oriented, and we are trying to reach a different age group. We have a beautiful location, and with Father’s Day around the corner, we wanted to honor the fathers.
— CARLEE MCKINNEY, city of Ormond Beach special event coordinator
Carlee McKinney, special event coordinator for the city of Ormond Beach, had proposed that the city hold a Father’s Day event. She credits the Casements’ staff and the event’s sponsors — The Casements Guild, Morejon & Andrews Orthodontics, Shell Realty and Preferred Business Group — for bringing her vision to fruition.
“We would like for this to become an annual event,” she said. “The guests all gave all positives. We try to make our events family oriented, and we are trying to reach a different age group. We have a beautiful location, and with Father’s Day around the corner, we wanted to honor the fathers.”
Tickets were purchased in advance. Guests were assigned to sit at specific tables that were named after precious gemstones — diamond, ruby, emerald, pearl, sapphire or garnet. Prizes were drawn throughout the event with each including four tickets to the movie theater, free admission to Astro Skate and a pass to Pirate’s Island. Adelin Hanks, Piper McClafferty, Emily Perry and Copper Reynolds took home the prizes. At the end of the night, the Best Dancer award went to Steven and Ella Carbonell, while the Best Dressed award went to Mike and Vivian Demchak.
The city of Ormond Beach’s Cultural Center coordinator, Siobhan Daly, was impressed with the guests’ attire.
“I’m surprised that we didn’t have a duplicate dress,” she said. “We had 24 girls, and they had different dresses on. I’m very surprised that everybody dressed up, because you never know.”
Everyone grabbed space on the dance floor, where there was singing, impressive dance moves and an abundance of smiles.
“I’m really happy, because I get to spend time with my daddy,” Chloe Porter said about her dad, Zach Porter. “I love him so much.”