Smiles and laughter filled the Campo Family YMCA Multipurpose Room on February 25, as individuals arrived in their Sunday best for the Daddy Daughter Dance. Dads escorted their daughters to the dance floor as the disc jockey began the night with a song called the Hokey-Pokey. The Chick-fil-A cows also joined in. This would be the second year of the event.

“With the help of Chick-fil-A South Brandon Bloomingdale and Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village, we put the Daddy Daughter Dance together,” Family Activities Coordinator at Campo Family YMCA Alicia Bentley said.

Besides dancing, participants had the opportunity to get their photos taken in a photo booth. Or individuals could step in line for a balloon creation. Refreshments and food from Chick-fil-A did get provided as well. This event brought the dads and their daughters together to create a long lasting memory. With it being more than just a gym and swim, Campo Family YMCA believes in building strong families.

Valrico resident Richard Hernandez attended the Daddy Daughter Dance with his two daughters. “It felt terrific to go out with them and Campo Family YMCA does so much for the community,” Hernandez said.

In order to participate individuals paid a certain amount, which depended primarily on their membership type. It cost the Everywhere Members: $20 a pair, $5 per additional daughter. For the Here Members: $28 a pair, $7 per additional daughter. With non-members: $35 a pair, $8.75 per additional daughter. The girls must be at least 2-years-old and less than 19-years-old. Dads, uncles, grandfathers and father-figures came too. Another attendee Jason Cohen brought his daughter to this event as well and shared his thoughts. “Great turnout and this Daddy Daughter Dance sets a wonderful example of how a man should treat a woman,” Cohen said.

“With the numerous family events that the YMCA offers, the Daddy Daughter Dance would be my favorite,” Bentley said.

For information about Campo Family YMCA, visit tampaymca.org/locations/campo/. It is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. Open Monday through Friday 5 a.m.- 10 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Call 684-1371.