SUNNYSIDE Spending quality time with his girls turned out to be more fun than Ed Gallo imagined.
The local man brought his four daughters to the first-ever Father-Daughter Dance hosted by the Sunnyside Community Center this past Saturday.
Gallo was blown away by all the activities in which he and his daughters could partake.
“What a great opportunity for fathers to be role models for their families,” Gallo enthused.
Daddies brought their baby girls to dance to music, which included “Baby Shark” to “My Girl.”
The dance floor was never empty, said event organizer Lander Grow of the city’s parks and recreation department.
He said more than 100 families crowded the center for the special event by the end of the afternoon.
Boston Alvord of Sunnyside brought two of his three girls. He said he was there “...to make my girls happy.”
Surrey Rebel, 5, and Sydney Adelaide, 3, loved the event that featured photo sessions with their father, making picture frames to show off the photo and tons of refreshments from a pyramid of cookies and cupcakes to every snack imaginable.
Job Wise, local balloon genius, made puppies, butterflies and flowers for the girls for more than three hours, while his girls waited patiently for a dance with him.
Jeremy Rodriguez accompanied his three-year-old daughter Elaina to the dance saying it was the best part of his week.
“I took her to such a dance last year at the TRAC in Tri-Cities. This one was closer and nicer. It was nice to have it in the community,” the young dad said, as his little princess snuggled closer into his shoulder.
There was a lot of hugging and laughter among the little girls and their dads, a situation that was okay with Kevin Bond.
“I want to spend more time with her (Gisselle, 1-1/2 years old). She has three older brothers, so this is our time,” he said.