Dance proides 'quality time' opportunity
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Spending a little more quality time with "daddy" was made a little easier at the 3rd Annual Father-Daughter Dance, in the Community Activity Center, June 22, compliments of Child, Youth and School Services. The little ladies were dressed as if they were Cinderella at the ball, with pretty dresses and ponytails, and all of them dolled up for an evening out with dad.
"It's a chance for these little girls to go 'to the ball,'" said Lisa Hogue, the CYSS director of Parent Outreach Services for CYSS and the organizer of this event. "My daughter was excited about it the whole time," said Capt. Charlie Arellano, assigned to 194th Sustainment Support Battalion, speaking of his 4-year- old daughter, Kayleigh. "She asked me if we were going to go and I told her I wouldn't miss it."
Savannah Graves, 8, was happy to be there with her father, as she echoed many of the feelings of the girls there. "I get to have time with my Dad," she said, and one thing she was looking forward to doing that evening was "Having more time together, because I have two little sisters." The event was hosted by Staff Sgt. Vincent Abril, the voice of the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
The evening was filled with fun, music and food. There was dancing all evening and the young ladies were able to show their father's a dance step or two on the floor. Some Dad's were trying to keep up with their girls, while others had a few good moves of their own. Each of the father's had nothing but great things to say about getting the chance to spend time with their daughters.
"I saw the flyer and my wife thought it would be a good idea," said Spc. Ikilyn Davenport, from Company A, 602nd Aviation Support Battalion. "Also, I think it's a good opportunity to spend time with my daughter because I also have two boys, so just for this night, she gets spoiled." "We've been here over three years," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Philip McLeish, assigned to the 520th Maintenance Company, "and every time my daughter sees the signs, she says 'Daddy, let's go. So, we're here."
"This is a wonderful event," said Miki Nihipali, the Child Development Center director, who was there with his 7-year-old daughter, Sienna. "I wish they would hold these more often." Capt. Jeremy Larson, assigned to Company B, 602nd ASB and a father of two with one on the way, may have summed up the evening when he said, "I love being with my girls and it's good for my wife to get a little break."