HUNTERSVILLE ­– Two Huntersville families went all out this year to plan the perfect Father’s Day surprise.

12-year-old Dorothy and 9-year-old Johanna Anderson, daughters of Karen Anderson, put together the ultimate Father’s Day gift.

Johanna created numerous cards for her father, Morgan Anderson. One of them she designed at her school, Huntersville Elementary. With the help of their mother, Johanna and Dorothy made their father cinnamon rolls for breakfast. 

The family also bought Morgan an endless supply of presents – a jigsaw puzzle and coffee mug from their trip in Disney World, an origami cup, a watch winder and a new golf bag, since Morgan is an avid golfer.

Every Father’s Day, the Anderson family participates in the Father-Child Golf Tournament at Northstone Country Club. Karen Anderson said it’s a very friendly venture.

Immediately after the game, Johanna and her father went for a swim at their neighborhood pool and after working up an appetite, the family dined at LongHorn Steakhouse for dinner.

And for a sweet treat, Karen ordered her husband his favorite dessert from Barnes & Noble, a Cheesecake Factory original cheesecake. He enjoyed his cheesecake and then watched the U.S. Open Pinehurst Golf Tournament.

Both Dorothy and Johanna said Father’s Day is great day to spend time with their dad.

“My father can always cheer you up,” Dorothy said. “Fathers need a special holiday because they do so much for us. We should give back to them.”

The sisters also said they love the company of their father. 

“He makes us laugh and comforts us when we are sad,” Johanna said. “He lets me have any dessert I want when mommy doesn’t let me.”

Shirley Baunach and her 9-year-old son, Zachary, spent a great deal of time coming up with their idea of the best Father’s Day.

“He is always doing so much for us, I wanted to make a special Father’s Day,” Shirley said.  

Shirley bought her husband, Mark Baunach, a kitchen apron because he is a good cook and often prepares dinner for the family. Zachary gave his father a large-sized card and a regular-sized card and Shirley gave him four different cards.

As the owner and baker of Delicate Delites, Shirley baked her husband a carrot cake, in addition to the mint chocolate chip cake she picked up from Baskin Robbins the day before Father’s Day.

Besides indulging in lots of cake, Shirley and Zachary gave Mark tickets to the Nature Museum in Charlotte. Shirley also surprised Mark with baseball game tickets to see the Savannah GNATS July 4 weekend in Georgia on the morning of Father’s Day since he has a passion for baseball and played outfield in high school.  

Mark’s parents came down on Sunday and the whole family ate a delicious dinner at Bravo Cucina Italiana at Northlake Mall.

Like Dorothy and Johanna, Zachary said Father's Day is all about taking time to be with his father. 

“We like to go to the bowling alley and play games together,” Zachary said. “My father helps me with my math homework.”

Father’s Day honors dads and men who serve in father-like roles in the lives of other people. Sonora Dodd founded the concept in 1910. Her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was a single parent who raised Dodd and her siblings when their mother died in childbirth.

The holiday became official in the United States in 1972 and is celebrated the third Sunday in June.