By Karen Billing
Every year that Torrey Hills Elementary School has been holding a father-daughter dance the organizers have tied in an art contest. Last year’s winning art went on promotional posters, but this year the winning artist’s dad-themed work will go on a T-shirt that all dance attendees receive.
Third grader Jaz Allison won the art contest this year and her art will be worn by about 70 to 80 girls on campus.
Dad’s Club member and dance planner Paul Matsumoto said this year’s T-shirts are just another way to ramp up excitement for their third annual father-daughter dance, which will be held on Sunday, March 17, at the Del Mar Marriott.
The day is so special it has become an all-day event — every year Little Locks in Torrey Hills blocks out a special time for dance attendees to get their hair done.
By request, the event will begin early this year at 4:45 p.m. with a poolside reception where the girls can sample Shirley Temples.
Inside they will have music and dancing, as well as a repeat of a popular feature of last year’s dance — a slide show with photos submitted of the girls by their dads.
“That was a big hit with all the girls,” said Matsumoto.
The dance will feature a raffle with donated prizes from the local business community and dads. Last year the raffle had prizes with everything from American Girl dolls to bike equipment.
The dance raised over $3,000 for the Torrey Hills PTA last year. The amount raised was a big jump up from the year before when the dance brought in a little over $1,000 so Matsumoto hopes they can do the same this year.
Matsumoto expressed his appreciation to his dance committee members who have been very helpful in planning the event. They include Steve Kenney, Mike Fuller, Ramon Gallo, Robert Stein and Clarence Tinney, who may actually have to miss the dance due to military deployment.
“I’m a father of four and you realize how quickly they grow up and that they’d rather spend time with friends,” said Matsumoto whose oldest is now in high school. “My youngest daughter is the last one at Torrey Hills and she just loves the dance, it’s the big highlight of her year. For me, it’s just building memories for her and me. It’s the only event where my daughter gets to dress up and I have to get in my suit and I’m just with her.”
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