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Father-Daughter Date Night returns with 25th year of fun
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J.B Smith and his daughter Karigan enjoy time on the dance floor.

The dance floor is not normally a place where you find J.B. Smith, unless it’s Father-Daughter Date Night.

J.B. was one of the many dads flashing his moves during a festive Saturday night at Bridgestone Learning Center. Participants were treated to an evening of dinner, dancing and door prizes, all while making memories.

“I enjoy spending time with her and I’m glad she hasn’t outgrown it,” said J.B. referring to his daughter Karigan, a sophomore.

Karigan shrugged at that notion. “It’s still a lot of fun,” she said.

Saturday marked the 24th Father-Daughter Date Night for Sammy Walker and his daughter, LeAnne Holt.

“We missed the first one at Bobby Ray but we’ve been to every one since,” said Sammy. “We enjoy everything about it. When you don’t get to see each other as much as you used to, it’s good bonding time.”

One person who has been to every Father-Daughter Date Night is electrifying DJ Jason Gross, owner and operator of The Sound Machine. Jason remembers the first year at Bobby Ray Elementary in 1996 and kept the crowd moving Saturday with a toe-tapping assortment of tunes that included “The Macarena” and “The Chicken Dance.”

Participants had the chance for a sit-down photo to remember the occasion and drawings for door prizes were conducted throughout the night.

Father-Daughter Date Night has been sponsored in recent years by First National Bank of Middle Tennessee. Tickets were limited to 360 and they went fast.

“We sold out the first day and had 50 on the waiting list,” said First National president and CEO Pieter van Vuuren. “This is something we enjoy doing for the community and it’s not something we make any money on. We just hope to cover our expenses.”