ELYRIA — Tiaras sparkled under the lights in the Spitzer Conference Center where dozens of girls were parading their fathers around for the second annual Father and Daughter Dance on Saturday.
This year’s event was themed “Daughters and Diamonds,” and there were plenty of both as volunteers from Ambassador Brothers of Lorain County handed out the tiaras to all the girls on their way into the event.
Proceeds from the dance go to scholarships for disadvantaged Lorain County youths.
Karissa Huff, 4, was dressed in a white-and-blue polka-dot dress and twirled impatiently next to her dad as they waited in line for professional pictures.
“She’s a mama’s girl so I’m taking advantage of this night,” said dad, Chris Huff, of Grafton. “It’s a great event. It brings everybody together from Lorain County.”
Todd Ferguson and his daughter, Trinity, 6, of Lorain, said they would make the event a yearly tradition.
“She’s a girlie girl,” Ferguson said. On her arm, Trinity wore a pink corsage, picked out by her dad. The father-daughter pair also matched, which Ferguson said was Trinity’s request.
Sisters Briana, 7, and Olivia, 5, waved to dad Darren Miles, of Elyria, from across the room. They bounced up and down as the music blared.
When asked what she loves most about her dad, Briana said, “He’s nice and he’s playful.”
Olivia had a similar response. “I love my daddy because he plays with me,” she said.
Briana said her dad would be receiving “a new set of clippers” from the girls for Father’s Day.
“Because he’s a barber,” Briana explained.
Marcelino Castro brought his 18-month-old granddaughter, Nevaeh — “It’s ‘heaven’ backwards,” Castro said — after her mother saw a Facebook post about the event.
“I try to step in whenever I can for her,” Castro said. On Father’s Day, the family will go to the zoo together.
“It just makes me happy to be able to spend time with her,” Castro said.