1. Dan’s Donuts with Dad: What is it all about and why should CP neighbors get involved?

DDWD is all about celebrating the joy of fatherhood. The concept started with several friends getting together with their kids and allowing the mothers to enjoy some time alone. It has evolved into an organization that promotes fatherhood in Central Florida, organizes free events for the community, and supports other organizations in the area. CP neighbors should want to get involved because DDWD is a representation of what makes CP so great. People come to CP because it is a tight community. How great is it to walk outside and see kids playing on the streets, families walking to local restaurants, and houses participating in holiday events? They say it takes a village to raise a kid. Well CP is an amazing village that should want to see the children of Central Florida thrive.

2. What made you decide on Trunk or Treat for your first annual Halloween event?

We decided to do trunk or treat because it was fun, and College Park has always had such an energy surrounding Halloween. It also allowed us to introduce local businesses (those who did the trunks) with the community (those who came to get treats). When we choose activities to do we want them to be fun, involve dads, and positively impact the community.

3. What kind of planning went into it on the front end that would be interesting or notable for readers?

What kind of planning went into it on the front end that would be interesting or notable for readers? The most notable planning went into getting trunks that were all different. We were initially concerned that we might get several of the same ideas. However, the ideas were creative and each so different. It was amazing what our community can do when you give them a creative license. The other planning was trying to estimate the amount of kids that would come. The more kids, the more trunks we wanted. It was a continued exercise in, do we have enough?

4. How many people total attended (approx)? How many children total attended (approx)?

We had over 100 people and at least 60 kids.

5. Was there a “best trunk” winner?

We had 16 trunks that ranged from Charlie Brown, Minecraft, Pirates, and even a table where kids got to touch “brains” and “eyes”. The best trunk went to Phil Walton of Omni Maintenance Services Inc. He turned his truck into a farm with a bag toss where kids could earn extra candy.

6. How many trunks were decorated? Was there a “best trunk” winner?

We had 16 trunks that ranged from Charlie Brown, Minecraft, Pirates, and even a table where kids got to touch “brains” and “eyes”. The best trunk went to Phil Walton of Omni Maintenance Services Inc. He turned his truck into a farm with a bag toss where kids could earn extra candy.

7. What did the people who attended Trunk or Treat have to say about it?

Alan said: I usually must work at night. I feel like I miss out on Halloween and seeing the kids all dressed up. This event allowed me to see what I normally don’t get to see.

Mason said: I loved that those who made trunks were teaching their children that the most important thing you can do in life is in giving, not receiving. It was so much fun seeing the children go from car to car.

Aaron said: I was new to the area and recently divorced. I don’t know a lot of other parents. This was great and gave me an opportunity to do “dad” things without feeling out of place. Thank you so much for putting this event on.

Group picture of everyone who participated by doing a trunk.

Buckets were done by Brennen Unrein. Each bucket had spooky things for kids to feel like “eyes”, “brains”, and more…

Donuts with fun, googly eyes!

Dan’s wife, Jacque Smith, has Charlie Brown and the great pumpkin patch. Her favorite story growing up.

Jake Hynes with a basketball themed trunk. Participants had to score baskets to get their treat.

Orlando Day Nursery is a wonderful non-profit that provides childcare for needed families. They participated by doing a beach themed trunk.

Bill and Charity Tonelli went as pirates and received the award for best dressed.

Angela McCloskey a relator in CP and who grew up in College Park handed out bags the kids could use to trick or treat with. She also had ping pong balls the kids had to try and shoot through various holes to score better prizes.

 

About Dan Smith

Dan grew up in Orlando and attended Edgewater High School. He earned his law degree from the University of Florida in 2005 with high honors and his undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 2002 with highest honors. He is an attorney at the law firm of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando. Dan is also member of the Orange County Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Bar.

He is admitted into all courts in the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit in the United States Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. Daniel has received multiple distinctions as an Avvo Top Attorney and Avvo Client’s Choice Award in 2016.

Dan values his time with his family and is supportive of the role dads can play in their children’s lives. In 2017, he co-founded the recurring event series Dan’s Donuts with Dad. Knowing the importance of family, Daniel is involved with Family Promise, St. Michael’s Preschool, and Local High School Wrestling programs. He is also a guardian ad litem for at-risk children.