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Milwaukee families come together for 16th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance

Posted: 10:28 PM, Feb 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-16 23:50:50-05

MILWAUKEE -- Families came together Saturday night for the 16th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on the north side of Milwaukee.

Once again this year the event was sold out as it continues to take on a special meaning for the community.

Anticipation was high for little Savannah Scholle-Malone.

“We’re ready to dance!” she said.

Her dad, Paris Echoles said she couldn’t stop talking about the event for the past few weeks.

“When is the dance? When can I put my pretty dress on?” he said.

The night finally arrived for her and hundreds of other girls to dress up and go to the Daddy Daughter Dance at North Division High School.

Milwaukee police officers handed out carnations, and dads, grandfathers and uncles had the chance to spend quality time with their loved ones.

“Everybody came together for one cause, all the beautiful daughters, so if we can get more things happening like that in the community, I think we can see more positive change happening,” Echoles said.

Building these strong relationships was what it was all about for Leonard Thomas.

“These are life moments that they’re going to take with them, one of the most important things for these girls,” Thomas said.

Even if those moments included a little dad dancing, that was a risk Nyles Walker was willing to take.

“Just a time to embarrass our kids, dance with them, be silly, take some pictures, show them love,” Walker said.