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The event at the South Shore Cultural Center is organized to encourage healthy relationships between fathers and their daughters in the neighborhood. For any of the 150 girls attending who didn’t have a dad or whose father couldn’t attend, police officers stepped in as they had the year before to escort the young ladies to the soiree.
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About twice as many girls attended this year as did in 2015 — the first year the department sponsored the dance.
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“After last year’s event, we had several officers and the young ladies that they escorted, they kept up with one another and it really bridged a gap, ” Sgt. Kimberly Woods told WMAQ News. “It let the girls know that officers are just people too and we dance, and we dance funny like your dads do.”