Everett Recreation Center was a wonderland of red, pink and white streamers and balloons as 450 girls and their fathers danced the night away on a floor strewn with flower petals at the Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance.
For the second year in a row, Girl Scout Troop 376 hosted more than 30 troops from Blount County. “Planning began pretty much when last year’s dance was over. Which was what we did this year. We had a meeting yesterday to start planning next year’s dance,” said troop leader Michelle Gruetzmacher.
Even though the dance was March 1, it still had the traditional Valentine’s theme. “Girl Scouts in Blount County have grown so much there was no where available that could hold all of us at that time of year. So we went to March 1. That was the closest we could get to Valentines,” said Gruetzmacher.
The Cadets of Troop 376 presented each girl with a hand-made bracelet and held drawings for door prizes. The hostesses completed the evening by providing a full menu of chicken wings, meatballs, chips and dip, a meat and cheese platter, veggie tray, chicken nuggets and two and a half sheet cakes.
One of the most popular events of the evening was when the attendees got to judge the Father Dance-off. Gruetzmacher said, “I say this with no pride whatsoever. The winner was my husband, Patrick, for the second year in a row.” He was tied with his business partner, Eric Lewis, but pulled off the win by doing the worm and break dancing to “Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer. “He tried to slide across the floor on his knees and destroyed his dress pants. I mean, he ripped the knees out of them,” Gruetzmacher said. “But the girls absolutely loved it.”
The Father/Daughter Dance is a major fund-raiser for Troop 376. “They are raising money because they want to take a cruise in a few years,” said Gruetzmacher. “We also took a dollar of the ticket price and gave it back to council where it will go into a fund to help girls financially with camps or other fees and dues.”