An evening to remember for area ‘princesses’

Nick Smethurst gives his daughter, Addison, a twirl during Princess for an Evening Saturday night at Huckleberry’s in Prairie du Chien. The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter organization. See full story on page 5. (Photos by Brian Cipra Photography)

Ken Quick and his daughter, Kailee, have a good time practicing proper dance techniques at the beginning of the night Saturday, during the Princess for and Evening fundraiser.

Dressed in their best attire, the “princesses” and their special gentlemen—dads, grandads, uncles, etc.—posed as a group.

More than 30 “princesses” and their dates danced the night away at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 26.

“Princess for an Evening,” a father/daughter dance, sponsored annually by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, provided girls and the gentlemen in their lives an opportunity to spend a special evening together.

Princesses, who dined at Huckleberry’s Restaurant with their dates prior to the dance, were treated to a complimentary Princess Parfait. Juice MC, aka Andy Jones, was the DJ for the evening, playing the latest hits as well as special requests.

Lynn Rider instructed the couples on the proper dance techniques to start the evening off on the right foot. Princesses as well as their dates took part in limbo and hula hoop contests.

Each “princess” received a corsage, donated by Kembles’ Greenhouse and a tiara. Couples were treated to refreshments, including a beautiful princess cake provided by Ma’s Bakery from Bloomington. A keepsake 5x7 photo by Brian Cipra Photography was included in the admission.

A number of spectators, including moms, grandmothers, and aunts, stopped in to see their princesses and dates as the evening drew to a close.

“Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter sponsors a number of events and fundraisers on an annual basis, but ‘Princess’ is definitely my favorite,” said Bev Pozega, one of the event organizers. “While it was not as financially successful as we had hoped, sometimes it’s not always about money. Providing a venue for the girls and their dates to enjoy such a special evening together is priceless. Rivers and Bluffs will continue to sponsor quality events for the community as we proceed with fundraising to reach our goal of an animal shelter. We will be even more involved in the community once the shelter is a reality.”
Princess for an Evening was sponsored by Dr. Donna Higgins, Tender Care Animal Hospital and Huckleberry’s Restaurant.

Visit to view pictures of “Princess for an Evening” as well as for other information and upcoming fundraisers. The group’s next fundraisers are a food stand and bake sale at Nelson True Value on Friday, May 9 and Rooster Andy’s Chicken Q on Thursday, May 29 at Rickleff Plumbing and Heating.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization raising funds for an animal shelter for the Prairie du Chien area. Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to RABAS, P.O. Box 421, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821.

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