Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

March 7, 2014

Family dance big United Fund hit

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — It looks like a recent family dance was a big hit as board members of the Pauls Valley United Fund effort now have shifted their focus to even more fundraising events.

A board meeting this week revealed 80 folks showed up last month to take part in the local United Fund’s first ever father-daughter dance held on the Reynolds Recreation Center gym floor.

The event also raised more than $700 as board members spent some time Tuesday reflecting on the Feb. 22 gathering they see as a success.

“Considering we put this together within a month, it went pretty well,” said board Chairman Angela Portwood as she put both thumbs up into the air.

“Everybody seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “The little girls were cute and the DJ did a good job.

“The age group was what I expected with the younger girls and their dads.”

Brian Black, who came up with the idea for a “daddy-daughter” dance, agreed.

“I feel like it was a success,” Black said.

“Now we have something we can build on. We just need to build on it so it will grow in the future. Next year we’ll have more time to plan for the dance.”

He suggested the possibility of adding other features to the event, like a photo booth.

Black told other board members there were plenty of others who expressed their appreciation for an event like this one.

“I had a number of dads come up to me and express their thanks for the dance,” he said.

“They were really grateful to have something like this they could do with their daughter.”

One really big thanks came from a man who had recently returned from a military deployment overseas. According to Black, this dance was the man’s first chance to really spend some time with his daughter.

“He was very grateful.”

Discussions during this week’s meeting also turned to future events to raise money for the United Fund campaign.

Right now the board is looking at the possibility of a poker run on April 19, youth baseball and softball tournaments on the weekend of May 17-18, a dunk tank set up during the Okie Noodling event on June 21, a golf tournament on Sept. 27 and a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 19.

Connie Frazier said she spoke with United Fund officials from Ada and Norman to get a few more ideas for fundraising events.

“In Ada their number one fundraiser is a baked goods auction,” she added.