Father-Daughter Dance another success for rescue squad

by | March 8, 2018 6:59 am

Father and daughter Lee and Harper Broyles created new memories together during the recent Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Father/Daughter Dance. (Photo by CHENAE SIMMONS)

The annual Father/Daughter Dance sponsored by Sparta-White County Rescue Squad continues to grow each year, and this year was no exception, as fathers and their daughters danced the evening away this past weekend.

In 2013, the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad saw an opportunity to host an annual Father/Daughter Dance.

“We know the importance of family and that the relationship between a father and daughter can quickly become distant, so we wanted to combat that,” stated B.T. Young, rescue squad assistant chief. “The first couple of years, we stayed between 100 and 200 people. As pictures floated around social media and word spread, it has grown to a sold out (event) of 300 every year.”

According to Young, 300 is maximum occupancy allowed in the White County Agriculture Complex Building during the Father/Daughter Dance.

All 25 members of the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad spend approximately two months planning the annual event. There is no age limit to attend, and the only requirement is that there must be a father/daughter relationship.

“A few years ago, we had a 70-year-old dad and his 35-year-old daughter,” stated Young. “And next to them was a brand new dad of 30 holding and dancing with his infant baby girl. It’s truly a wonderful thing to see.”

The rescue squad charges $12.50 per ticket to help raise funds for the department. Compared to neighboring counties, the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Father/Daughter Dance is considerably less expensive, as ticket prices range $25-$35 per ticket.

“Its not about the money – it’s about family, community, and relationships,” stated Young. “It’s worth it all to see the smiles on the little girls’ faces, and a dad to just let go of the world and fall in love with their little girl once again, year after year.”

Included with the admission price is dancing music provided by White County native “Freaky Dave” (Dave Downs), dinner, a small keepsake for every girl, as well as new memories that both the fathers and daughters will cherish for a lifetime.

According to the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, if the dance continues to grow, considerations are already being made to do a two-night event, and the rescue squad has been approached about doing an event for mothers and sons.

“We would like to thank all of White County for their continued support and growth of this event,” stated Young. “As long as the community keeps wanting it (father/daughter dance), our 25-member crew will keep making it happen.”

To reserve tickets for next year’s Father/Daughter Dance, to share ideas for a mother/son event, or to become a member of the Sparta/White County Rescue Squad, call (931) 836-2646.

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