NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The Pequenakonck School gymnasium was packed with couples on Friday night as close to 200 fathers, uncles, or other significant males, escorted girls from 5 to 10-year-olds to the first annual Sweetheart Ball. The girls wore their finest party dresses, the men spruced up, and the room rocked with music by DJ Joey C.
A number of girls had corsages, some escorts wore boutonnieres, and one father even dug out his tuxedo for the occasion.
Weve really been looking forward to this. My wifes school did it when she was a girl, said Kevin Hanney, father of 7-year-old Elizabeth. The Hanney family moved to North Salem just a few days before Elizabeth was born. How did it feel to have a date with her father? Its good, said Elizabeth. Well, make that its great.
Third grade friends Jillian Rei and Danielle Pakula wore matching outfits for the evening. We like to match because people always ask if were twins, said Jillian. Were having a lot of fun because we love to dance, added Danielle.
Most of the girls love to dance. In fact, the dance floor was jammed with little girls doing the Cha Cha Slide while the escorts stood on the sidelines and chatted. DJ Joey C reported that the most popular request of the evening was Sexy and I Know It, performed by Lmfao.
In between dance sets the crowd wandered into the refreshment rooms to enjoy some lemonade and ice cream. Elsewhere, escorts and dates posed in front of velvet draperies to have professional photographs taken. The pictures will be posted on the PQ website this week. The event itself was sponsored by the North Salem Parent-Teacher Organization.
This is our first annual Sweetheart Ball and almost 60 percent of the girls in the student body are here, said Principal Roberta Reiner. In a few months were going to do a bowling night for mothers and sons.
Its been the talk of the town at PQ, she added. Once the word spreads, its going to get bigger and bigger.
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