Dads, daughters pack Lariccia center for 5th of 6 dances


For Joe Maderitz of late, two has been the operative number: He and a family member have been to two dances, he has spent the last two days in two states and is crazy about his two daughters.

“She’s my co-beautiful daughter,” the Boardman man said about 11-year-old Alivia Maderitz, who accompanied him Saturday evening to the 15th annual Daddy Daughter Dance in Boardman Park’s Lariccia Family Community Center.

The fun-filled, family-oriented gathering got underway Feb. 10 and has sold out five of the six nights of its run, including today, and has averaged 57 to 60 father-daughter couples each evening, noted Karen McCallum, the park’s recreation director.

“This is a great opportunity for the dads to enjoy a night with their daughters. The daughters love getting dressed up, but love hanging out with their daddies more,” McCallum said, adding that the girls are age 5 to 12.

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