The club is hosting a father-daughter Valentine’s dance Saturday.
“It will be something, that’s really good that the kids will always look back on,” said WVHS HOSA president Katelynn Keihl. “I love seeing little girls excited and happy, and to know that they cherish that.”
Keihl said she made visits to all of the public schools to publicize the event and encourage students to attend.
In addition to dancing, the event will also feature many sweet treats and photo opportunities.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” Keihl said.
The HOSA president said the event was special to her because her birth father is no longer living.
“Being in health care, that’s what we focus on (as a club) and losing people is a part of it. And bringing people together is part of it,” Keihl said. “We’re trying to bring these families together ... doing this is kind of a way for us to help people realize, nobody lives forever. Take the opportunity while it’s there to love them and be there for them, to do something to make them happy.”
Even though the event is geared for daughters and their fathers, Keihl said the male students in the club have been supportive of the event. Discussions of a mother-son event are in the works, but nothing has been determined. Keihl said the group wants to have this event established before adding another one.
The idea for the event originated with HOSA’s sponsor, who had attended a similar event when she was a child and really enjoyed it.
This is the club’s second year hosting the event at the Cleveland YMCA. Tickets are $20 for a father and daughter and $5 for each additional daughter. Tickets are available at the door or through the school.
The event is divided into two time frames: younger daughters from 4 to 6 p.m. and older daughters from 7 to 9 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will go toward helping the club participate in competitions. WVHS HOSA members said they plan to make this a yearly event.