AYER -- An artic chill did not deter the elementary school girls and their escorts from the Annual Winter Ball.

The clear, starry skies provided an enchanted ambiance as the girls and their dads, grandfathers, uncles, and older brothers danced away at the evening sponsored by Senate Construction.

Monica Delyani and Sharon LeMay from the Page Hilltop PTO organized the event and were thrilled to be able to do it. Page Hilltop Principal Fred Deppe was very pleased with this event and its turnout. "The PTO Winter Ball is one of our most popular annual events. It affords our Page Hilltop dads (and male designees) the opportunity to spend some special one-on-one time with their girls beyond the usual realm of homework help and sports coaching. For all of the grades K-5 girls, it is their night to dress up and be treated like a princess. The girls also get to introduce their special escorts to all of their friends and share a memorable evening together."

From 7 to 9 p.m., more than 300 attendees danced to the musical selections of DJ Jim Bean. The Ayer-Shirley High School cafeteria was transformed into a winter wonderland, with festive balloons, snowflakes and twinkly lights for all to enjoy.

In between dancing cheek to cheek, kicking their heels up to the "Cha Cha Slide" and enjoying refreshments, every "couple" was able to get their pictures taken by Stephen Dillard of O'Connor Studios. "Every year, we have such a good time. It's one of our best nights of the year," Paul Marshall said.


Marshall and his daughter, Mackenzie, have attended each year she has been at Page Hilltop, but this year is her last before she moves over to the middle school in the fall.

Senate Construction sponsored the evening and the PTO is extremely thankful for the support owners Jan and Bob France have given to this event. "My husband has always been very supportive of the schools and he is always very happy to be a part of this eventful night," Jan France said.

Pinard's Florist also played an important part at the dance. "We love being a part of this very special annual event," Lisa Richard, of Pinard's, said. Richard made many of the corsages and boutonnieres that were worn that evening. "We are always so happy and honored to be even a small part of this event that enables dads and their daughters to create magical memories that they will hopefully never forget," Richard said. Pinard's also donated a centerpiece to be raffled off at the end of the evening.

The dance committee had additional help to make the evening as successful as it was. Special thanks go out to Ayer-Shirley High School students Samantha Clark-Young, Hannah Grise, Maddie Norton, Krista Prehl and Tori Smiraglia, Page Hilltop teachers Beth Lewis and Jan France, Principal Fred Deppe and Assistant Principal Karen DeWitt, and parents Ann Reeves, Linda Harrington, Carolyn Piwowar, Dana Bresnahan, Julie Staraitis, Kimberly Hoffman, Lynne Fish, Dawn Barr, Charisse Murphy and Tammy Valliere.