Decorations glittered, balloons cascaded and the crowd cheered, tapped and clapped to the beat of old-time favorites and even some great rock ‘n roll.
On Thursday, June 19, Jewish Home held its annual senior prom for residents celebrating their senior years at West 106th Street. The atmosphere was festive and fun.
Residents were greeted at the entrance by volunteers, who adorned the ladies with corsages, and the gentleman with boutonnières, top hats and tuxedo-like attire. The room where the Prom was held had been transformed to look like a real ballroom.
Jewish Home staff snapped Polaroid pictures for each attendee as a memento of the evening. The live music encouraged dancing between old friends, new friends and, of course, couples.
Prom-goers enjoyed a special exhibition performance with professional salsa, tango, jive and swing dancers.
New York Cares sponsored and organized the event. Prom-clad volunteers danced with the residents, even those who are wheelchair-bound. Lew Blaustien, a New York Cares volunteer, holds a Roseland Dance Night every other Thursday at the Jewish Home. Awards were presented for best dancer, and of course, for King and Queen of the Prom.