Two Monroe County families were among the thousands of people who attended Washington D.C.’s 141st Annual White House Easter Egg Roll April 22, hosted by First Lady Melania Trump, providing a once in a lifetime experience for the adults and children.
The event was organized by 2008 Oak Hill Academy graduate Daniel Fisher of Prairie, who organizes events at the White House such as July 4, Halloween trick-or-treating, Christmas decorations and the annual Congressional picnic.
“I taught Daniel in first grade at Oak Hill, and I was at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and saw his mother, and she said, ‘You need to talk to Daniel about going,’” said Laura Gaskin of Aberdeen. “I talked to [my husband] Steve, and he said, ‘Heck yeah, that’s the chance of a lifetime.’”
Fisher’s aunt, Dana Smith of Prairie, also had VIP passes to take her daughter-in-law, Beth, and grandson, Colston, for the festivities on the White House’s South Lawn. Beth and Colston live in Strong.
“It was their first time in Washington, D.C., and she didn’t know Daniel got so close with the Trumps. I said he goes to her office, and she sits in his office,” Smith said. “You could tell a lot of work was put into the egg roll. It was overwhelming being my first time, and I’d love to do it again. I was like a little kid. I panned around to see it all.”
The United States Marine Band performed, and there were hopscotch, an Easter egg hunt, cookie making, egg dying and refreshment stations. Another area allowed people to sign cards for servicemen and women.
The Gaskins went with their children, Jason and Amanda Gaskin and Rachel and Justin Alsup, and grandchildren, Presley, Elliot and Gavin Gaskin and Hayden and Kinsley Alsup.
“Daniel got us a private tour of the White House,” Laura said. “He got us in for the morning because he knew the Trumps would be there at that time. Melania read a book to the children, and the president made a speech. Daniel had the inside scoop on everything.”