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Mikaela Bjorn organized the event to fund kids' swimming lessons following sister's drowning death

CINDY FAMA - Daddies and daughters dance the night away.

The Magical Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance, held at Camp Colton on Saturday, Feb. 16, was a sold-out event. The senior project of Mikaela Bjorn to honor her little sister, Kirsten, who passed away last April following a drowning accident, was held as a fundraiser.

"I did the daddy daughter dinner dance as my senior project for my sister because I knew how much she loved it last year," Mikaela said. "I wanted to put the money that I raised to pay for swimming lessons for the kids in my sister's preschool class." CINDY FAMA - Father Brent, baby sister Maija and event organizer Mikaela Bjorn pose at the photo booth.

The night was for Colton Elementary School daughters and their daddy, or in some cases, granddaddy or uncle. Tickets were $20 and included dinner, dancing and photo booth pictures.

"My heart is just exploding watching the love in this room," said Dana Chamberlin, event management at Camp Colton.

The night was such a special moment for daddies and daughters.

"I surprised my daughters with corsages," one daddy said, "and then they surprised me with a boutonniere. That is how our night started out and we are having a lot of fun."

In order to use the beautiful venue of Camp Colton, Mikaela spent 100 hours onsite pulling invasive species from the grounds in exchange for use of the space.

"My wonderful (school) librarian, Janet Davis, was so nice to make the food!"

Davis and Linda Craig, who own The Workshop Catering, provided spaghetti and chicken, salads, breads and mini-cupcakes.

"I am getting special time with my daughter," Shawn Fischer said. "And that is what this night is about—having time with our daughters and helping raise money for such a good cause."

The theme of the night was based on four-year-old Kirsten's favorite things: unicorns, rainbows, glitter and all things magical.

"This a special event," said Tim Behrens, who was there with his daughter, Delilah. "It is in memory of a precious child put on by her sister, who has done an outstanding job tonight. What a great senior project and what a way to make a positive and wonderful memory for everyone here."

The girls were dressed as princesses, cowgirls and in lovely formal wear; daddies dressed up and the night was filled with more happy smiles, hugs and love then you can usually fit in one room.

Bjorn said people are more than welcome to still donate to the great cause. They can do so by calling Colton Elementary School at 503-824-3536.

"The night was amazing," Mikaela said. "Seeing how happy those little girls were was so cute. I loved being able to put this on."

Mikaela is also hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive at Colton High School, 30205 South Wall Street, March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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