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Tickets for Sandy High School Future Health Professionals fundraiser are limited

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SANDI CARTER  - The entire event is decorated and run by members of the high school organization, and the money all goes to help them travel to competitions and participate in special trainings to further their knowledge of health science.During any given week, young girls play the role of student, athlete, artist — you name it.

But seldom do they get to be a princess.

For one evening, Saturday, Feb. 24, every girl in Sandy has the opportunity to don a tiara and their best dress for the Sandy High School Future Health Professionals' third annual Father Daughter Dance.

The event runs from 5-7 p.m. and is a fundraiser for and organized by the Future Health Professionals club. The entire event is run by members of the high school organization. Funds raised help offset travel expenses to competitions and participation in special trainings to further their knowledge of health science.

Adviser and teacher of the high school group, Sandi Carter, said the dance was conceived because the usual fundraisers of selling cookie dough or coffee seemed overdone, and the group is "always looking for new fundraising opportunities."

From there the event was quick to take off. Several pairs of princesses and their royal escorts attended the inaugural dance in 2015. Tickets do go quickly and are limited to 328, so fathers would be wise to pick up theirs as soon as possible — or else face the wrath of a pouting princess.

"I really just wanted to have something people could enjoy," she added. "An event — not just buying food. The response has been phenomenal, and I'm hoping it's something we can continue doing."

Admission is $40 for one father and daughter and an extra $10 for any additional daughters that wish to participate. Tickets are available for purchase at Clackamas County Bank, 38975 Proctor Blvd, Sandy. Clackamas County Bank is a sponsor of the annual event.

Besides dancing, the club will offer other activities, such as a cake walk, face painting, balloon animals and more.

"The whole thing is really neat," Carter explained. "It's wonderful to see the dads and the daughters. Surprisingly, the dads really do get out on the floor and boogie. … It's a wonderful experience that their daughters are going to remember for the rest of their lives."

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