Nearly 700 fathers and daughters spent an elegant evening at Fairgrounds for the 11th Annual Father-Daughter Valentine's Ball. The dance raises money for pediatric cancer services at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
Tony Persin and his 13-Year-Old daughter Meredith have been coming to the Father-Daughter Valentine's ball since she was Two-Years-Old.
"Now it's her looking me in the eyes when we dance instead of me holding her in the air," says Persin.
After 11 years, this may be their last. The family is moving to Florida this summer, so she wore something special and it's not just the smile on her face.
"This dress is my mother's prom dress that my dad took my mom to and I decided to wear it this year because its going be our last dance," says Persin.
Appropriately, the idea for this dance was thought of by a father and a daughter. Beth Fleming and her father Wes came up with the idea 11 years ago when she recognized a need after spending a lot of time in the hospital.
"When I was born I was diagnosed with a brain tumor and I wanted to help other kids who are diagnosed with terrible diseases. I wanted to help them have a better time at the hospital because I know hospitals can be really tough," says Fleming.
Meredith Persin may not dance on top of her father's feet anymore, but she will always be daddy's little girl.
"Even though she's getting older she's still my little girl. So to get to come once a year to something like this where it's just the two of us it means a lot to me," says Persin.