Proms aren’t just for high school seniors anymore. Senior citizens everywhere again are joining in the fun.
That’s why Meritan is hosting its first annual Senior Citizen Prom from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Lichterman Nature Center at 5992 Quince Road. Featuring food and dancing and décor galore, this prom promises to closely resemble the dressy events many seniors once enjoyed in high school.
As an agency that has worked with seniors for nearly 60 years, the Senior Citizen Prom highlights Meritan’s goal to improve the well-being of senior citizens and promoting their independence with quality and compassion.
The theme of the prom is “A Red Carpet Affair,’’ and the event will include valet service complemented by a red-carpet that will lead from the car to the door with a stop for photos before entering the prom. Once inside, there will be a dance floor and music with plenty of other things to do including a silent auction, a photobooth and character artist, drinks and, of course, crowning of the prom’s king and queen.
Why should kids have all the fun?” Keller asked. “Meritan’s Senior Citizen Prom will show the kids how to have a good time.”
Unlike high school, selection of the Senior Citizen Prom king and queen won’t be a popularity contest. Rather, the crowning honors will go to the senior who raises the most money for Meritan through Meritan’s online crowdfunding site. Each dollar raised in donations to Meritan will count as one vote. The senior who raises the most votes will be named Meritan’s Senior Citizen Prom king and queen.
Businesses, organizations or individuals also can sponsor tables that Meritan will set up for low- income seniors who also want to experience the fun of a prom.
Event sponsors already include Cigna Health Spring, WKNO, Lipscomb and Pitts Insurance, and Bingo Bonanza.
Sponsorships are still available. If you are interested in becoming a Senior Citizen Prom sponsor, please contact Chessie Biggam at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 901-766-0600.
Ticket costs are $50 per person or $80 per couple. To purchase tickets, please go to www.meritan.org.