The Orteneau family is keeping a tradition alive. Last Saturday night, Jerry Orteneau and his 6-year-old daughter, Wren, danced the night away inside Southwest Recreation Complex on Vonn Road in Largo.
The occasion was the 32nd annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night.
More than 25 years ago, Wren's grandfather, Howard Kasper, took Wren's mother, Shelley Orteneau, to the same event. "We're keeping the memories going,'' said Jerry Orteneau, 41. "Wren wore her fire red dress for the occasion.''
The father and daughter were among 65 duos to attend the event, which was dubbed the Fire and Ice Ball. Along with breaking a move to a DJ, they were offered desserts like an ice cream sundae bar and cake.
Activities also included limbo, hula hoop and dance contests with the dads and their girls.
After she bid farewell to her husband and daughter Saturday night, Shelley Orteneau, 34, spent the evening catching up on reading and relishing in memories of days gone by.
"I remember exactly what I wore all those years ago, a white dress with a blue velvet ribbon, and my dad had brought me a corsage,'' she said. "This event is so valuable because Wren is learning that she should be treated by men with respect and kindness,'' Shelley Orteneau said.