MOUNT VERNON — There will be special guests at the Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center, hosted by the Ohio Scarlet and Gray softball team.

When the dance begins at 6 p.m., along with the local fathers and daughters bonding at the event, 8-year-old Alyssa Palacios and her mother, Trisha Palacios, will be sharing the dance floor to represent loving families who don’t have a traditional father figure involved.

Alyssa’s story gained momentum on the internet as people shared how Alyssa and her mother were barred as a mother-daughter duo from a Father-Daughter Dance at Eisenhower Elementary School in Clearwater, Florida.

Despite having no father figure or adult male family friends available at the time of the dance, the school was unable to accommodate them. It was devastating for the family unit as they even had dresses and accessories selected.

Alyssa and her mother will be flown in from Florida and transported to Mount Vernon from the airport where they will stay at the Grand Hotel on Public Square before the dance. From the Grand Hotel, the Palacios family will be chauffeured in style by a limo escorted by the Mount Vernon Police Department to the ballroom the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.

Expenses including her flight, dining arraignments, and a night’s stay at the hotel along with transportation from the airport have been taken care of by Katie McMahon and her parents, Russell and Dorileen Watson.

The Grand Hotel has provided another night’s stay free of charge, and the limo was donated by Columbus Coach Limousine. Nails 4 U & Hair Salon will assist Alyssa with her nails and hair, a corsage was donated by William’s Flowers, and photographs will capture the moment courtesy of ENV Photography.

For anyone else wanting to attend, it will be $30 per couple with a $5 charge for anyone tagging along with the couples.


Chase Strawser: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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