Daddy-Daughter Dance a perfect date for young ladies

There’s a story about a woman who remembers her dad once escorting her to a father-daughter date night, at age 10. He gave her flowers, treated her to dinner, held the door and helped her realize how she always deserves to be treated by gentlemen. He set a good example and got to treat his little girl to a fun night.

On Friday, March 1, fathers can bring their special young lady, or ladies, to Bethany Beach for a night of food, fun and dancing from 6 to 9 p.m.

There will be dinner, a DJ, best-dressed contest, dance contest, giveaways and raffles.

“Why wouldn’t you want to make your daughter feel special? … What little girl would not want to dress up?” said organizer Cherokee Bonilla. “Wear what you’re comfortable in, to make you feel special for that night. Someone’s taking you out that loves you very much.”

All proceeds will benefit the Level Up afterschool program at Millsboro Middle School and the non-profit, Way More Inc. both geared at helping local youth with job training, mentoring and other essential skills they need in their educational journey.

Tickets cost $15 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets are all-inclusive, with dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., plus entry into all contests. The event location is the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center, located near the playground at 5 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Bethany Beach.

“It’s open for every male role model that would like to bring their young lady or princess. We have a lot of kids that don’t have that father figure, or they are overseas and can’t take care of them,” Bonilla said. “It can be an uncle, grandfather, whoever takes care of guardianship or … anyone that is a positive role model.

“We wanted to do something special, especially in this area because the simple fact that … a lot of the girls don’t bond with their fathers,” but are more influenced by their mothers or even by social media, Bonilla said.

The event lets girls bond with their dads, too. Just spending time with one’s children is special, said Bonilla, adding that she cherishes outings with her own father.

“I will never forget that one special day for the rest of my life. What father wouldn’t want to make memories like that, even if it’s just for one night?” Bonilla said. “Even if they’re not there all the time, they can make this one night special for the one lady or ladies in their life, [or] I can be here in your dad’s place and make you feel special for that one night.”

As for teaching your girl to deserve the best, even in relationships, Bonilla said, “We need more of that. Our girls fall through the cracks without having that male role model.”

Dance will help other youth

The dance will benefit two programs helping teens and tweens in the Millsboro area.

Way More is an afterschool program prepping students for life after high school, including social, communication and job-readiness skills. There would be homework and scholarship help; food and self-care packages; and job training. The goal is to improve accountability, attitude, confidence and academic skills.

Way More mentoring provides “guidance, encouragement and meaningful support to help them become successful students in school and young adults afterwards.” The group’s original name is Way More Laundry Inc., because kids will learn those real-world home skills, too, such as laundry.

“If they don’t take anything away, they’ll at least have that one skill,” which teaches them self-sufficiency, said founder and executive director Bonilla.

At Millsboro Middle School, Bonilla created a similar program, called Level Up, where tweens have a safe place to discuss emotions, attitudes, relationships, money skills, coping mechanisms and job-hunting skills.

Dance tickets are available at the door or online at Details are online at www. and To make donations, contact (302) 228-8251 or



By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter