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Father-Daughter Date Night marks 24th year
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Excitement filled the air during the 24th annual Father-Daughter Date Night held Saturday. Pictured is Josh Roller with his daughter, Cassity, who was having the time of her life.

It’s 24 years and counting for the Father-Daughter Date Night held Saturday night at Bridgestone Learning Center.

According to organizers, the event was a sellout, with 356 tickets purchased, said First National Bank representative Anne Vance.

“The night went great,” said Vance. “It’s wonderful to see all the girls and young ladies having the time of their lives with their chaperones. Memories were definitely made and that’s what it’s all about.”

The committee chose a red carpet theme for the gala event, with movie clapboards on each table, and twinkle lights around the room. 

The Sound Machine provided music for the evening, as well as a fun photo booth where attendees could have photos made using various props. Dancers enjoyed watching themselves on a large video screen suspended high above the stage.

Casey Hertwig was in attendance with his two daughters. 

 “Josie was 1 the first year we came,” said Hertwig. “She’s now 6, so this is her fifth year. Willow is 4, so it’s the three of us. I think it’s a wonderful event. We love it.” 

The event attracted returning and new attendees.

“This is our first year,” said Casey Simpson, who brought his daughter, AnnaLee. “We are really enjoying it. We like it.” 

In recent years, First National Bank has been spearheading the event, which was started by Keith and Kathy Bouldin. 

“This is a wonderful event started by Keith and Kathy 24 years ago,” said Vance. “We took it over when they stepped down. This is such a wonderful community event that we couldn’t let it go. Our employees love it so much that they’ve already picked a theme for next year.” 

Bridgestone opened its doors to Father-Daughter Date Night after McMinnville Civic Center closed for renovation.