There are so many memories to be made when daughters spend time with their fathers, and here's an opportunity to do just that.
Dads Works will have its fourth annual Daddy Daughter Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at American Legion Post 31 in Westminster
Pizza, hors d'oeuvres, snacks, drinks and desserts are included in the ticket cost of $30 for a dad, and all of his daughters may attend with him at no additional charge. There will be dancing and door prizes too.
Standard Delivery Combo with Jim Mayola will provide live music, according to Dave Berry, director of the nonprofit Dads Works.
"We've had a deejay for the past three years, but this year we thought we'd add a live band that could take audience selections," Berry said. "Jim is very good with audiences. He knows who our audience is and is prepared to do some song selections from the audience. He might even have the girls come up and sing with them."
Berry said attendance at their dance has steadily increased over the years, noting that they had about 30 dads at their first dance. "This year we are preparing for about 50 fathers and their daughters," Berry said.
Karen Bullard, who is fundraising chairperson for Dads Works, said tickets will also be sold for raffle baskets. "We will have some baskets that younger girls will like, teen girls will like, and some items that dads like too," Bullard said. "We have nicer items like handmade jewelry and some nice things such as Ravens items."
Raffle basket tickets will cost $1 for one ticket, $10 for 12 tickets or $25 for 20 tickets and will be drawn near the end of the evening.
Dads and their daughters may go home with a photo, too. "We'll have an opportunity for dads and their daughters to have a professional photo in a studio setting for just $5," Bullard said.
Bullard said every attending daughter will receive a party favor bag to take home with a party-themed cookie from a local bakery, candy and gifts from event sponsors.
"Our dance is a really good deal," Bullard said. "You not only get your hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert and a gift bag, but also opportunities for prizes and photos. I've been on a number of committees serving nonprofits and our group is such a dedicated, excited group who always strives to make sure attendees are happy with their experience. Girls make memories with their fathers and dads make memories with their daughters."
Dads Works helps fathers improve their lives and the lives of their families with support groups that meet weekly. Dads learn to handle stress and manage anger. Dads Works offers parenting classes and links fathers with other agencies and services to help with legal rights, substance abuse, anger management, and employment and counseling services.
"We think the dance is so important because it's an opportunity for fathers to connect with their daughters in a special way and creates a lifetime memory," Berry said. "Girls cherish dancing and this is an opportunity for them to all be together and for the men to not be so shy about dancing."
Berry said he prefers guests preregister by Friday, May 15, by calling him at 443-605-6358 or Karen at 410-299-1054 or by registering online at http://www.dadsworks.org — but they are prepared for a few walk-in guests.
Dress for the occasion ranges from casual to semiformal.
American Legion Post 31 is at the intersection of Sycamore and Green streets.
The Westminster Lions Club will have its first Quarter Mania at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 3006 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg, on May 29. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the game starting at 7 p.m.
Quarter Mania is a cross between an auction and a raffle, where people bid to win new donated items. Participants purchase one or more paddles with a number on each that is used for bidding. The auctioneer displays a product and tells everyone how much to bid for it — between one and four quarters. To bid, players put the number of quarters in the collection pot, then hold up their paddle or paddles. Once all the bids are in, the auctioneer randomly selects a number. The player whose paddle number is called who placed a bid wins the item.
Players are asked to make reservations in advance for $5 each. Players will receive two game paddles with their reservation.
Admission at the door, if space is available, will cost $8 each and players will receive one game paddle. Extra paddles cost $2 each. Players should bring a roll or two of quarters with them, although they will be available to buy.
Prizes may include donations by the following vendors: Candy Blooms, Cat's Creations, Handyman Tools, Judy's Creations, Lia Sophia jewelry, Longaberger, Pampered Chef, Partylite, Scentsey, Tealightful Tea, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One bags and Tupperware.
Funds raised by the Westminster Lions Club support the community of Westminster in the form of donations to charitable organizations, financial support for eyeglasses and hearing aids for needy residents, and scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Westminster area.
For more information about Quarter Mania or the Lions club, contact Lion Barb Hayes at 410-596-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing, please write "quarter mania" in the subject line.
Donna Lappas Liddick Griffith was a sixth-grade social studies teacher at West Middle School for many years before cancer took her life in 2008. Her coworker and friend David Potts said that during her teaching career, staff and friends frequently met at Maggie's restaurant in Westminster on Fridays for happy hour. To remember her and raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Potts is asking friends and former students to patronize Maggie's on May 18.
"Jim Breuer, owner of Maggie's, has graciously set aside Monday, May 18, for Donna's Day," Potts wrote in an email.
Breuer is donating 10 percent of proceeds from food and drink that day to the American Cancer Society, according to Potts. "I am asking friends of hers, any former students whose lives were touched by her, and anyone else who would like to help to honor her by going to Maggie's anytime on May 18," he wrote.
Potts said there will be a donation bucket at the restaurant to collect donations for the American Cancer Society. If anyone would like to include a note about Donna and how she touched their lives, Potts said, they can drop notes into the donation bucket, too. "I will see that the family gets [the notes]," he said.
For more information, call David Potts at 410-374-5109 or Maggie's restaurant at 410-876-6868.