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Senior centers hold ‘senior prom’ (video)

Staff and patrons of the Columbia and Lancaster Senior Centers dance during a “Senior Prom” in Columbia on Friday, June 3, 2022. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)

Members of the senior centers in Columbia and Lancaster city enjoyed a “senior prom” on Friday at the Susquehanna National Heritage Area in Columbia.

“We thought it would be fun to give the seniors a prom who may not have ever had a prom; or seniors who have had one, to help them relive their memories,” said Cindi Hammons, manager of the Columbia Senior Center.

John Quincy Baker Jr. never went to his prom in high school. He enjoyed the day, especially the dancing.

“I like the water, I like the deck and above all I like getting dressed up,” Baker said.

The senior centers are part of Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. The prom was the first event of its kind, CAP Chief Development Officer Kristy Aurand said.

Organizers said it’s important for seniors to get out and socialize after so much isolation during Covid-19.

Participants took part in dancing, photo ops, and a lunch.

“It’s great to see them having fun,” Hammons said.

H&M donated dresses and formal attire for the attendees, and Royer’s Flowers donated flowers. Other event sponsors include Aetna, Hospice for All Seasons, United Healthcare, Masonic Village, Aurora at Home, Comfort Keepers, Capital BlueCross, Highmark and Wellcare.