If you’re going
* What: Senior Citizens Prom
* When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday
* Where: North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Hwy.
* Cost: $10; all proceeds benefit Second Wind Dreams
* To purchase tickets in advance, call (770) 670-1199.
CUMMING — A local church will give seniors a chance to attend prom this Friday. That’s senior citizens, not high school seniors.
North Lanier Baptist Church has joined with its neighbor, the Villas at Canterfield, an assisted living facility, to offer a communitywide senior prom from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Kelly Trevitt, one of the organizers of the event, said the prom idea came about through the partnership.
“Our church has a very active nursing home/assisted living ministry, that along with the Villas, loves to see our senior adults smile and know that God loves them,” she said.
Leaders of both organizations wanted to provide something fun for seniors throughout the community to come together to enjoy.
“Because this is the first time for the event, we’re not really sure how it will come together,” she said, “but we are anticipating about 100 people.”
Levitt said the senior prom will be “a lot like a high school prom, only a lot earlier in the day.”
“We will be decorating similar to dances from the 1940s with stars, streamers and balloons,” she said. “We will have a place for prom pictures, a live band playing jazz and big band sounds, a dance floor and, yes, those seniors wanting to dress up will be doing so.”
Cost to attend the event is $10 per person, with all proceeds going to Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit that helps senior citizens achieve their dreams.
Special guests at the event will Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Billy Henderson, a legendary former high school football coach in Georgia.
Trevitt said she and other organizers are hoping to make the senior prom an annual event.
“There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing senior adults full of life,” she said.