Senior Citizens Have a Blast at Their "Hooray for Hollywood" Prom

Over 160 attend the sixth annual Senior Citizen Prom, an event that has become a town tradition.

The sixth annual Senior Citizens Prom was held May 30 at New Milford High School. The prom, sponsored by the Tri-M Music and Art Honor Societies, as well as the Choral Ensemble, was a hit with over 160 senior citizens and members of the surrounding communities embracing the special night.

Organized with the help of Jane Swarctz and Lauren Betinni, advisors of the Tri-M and Art Honors society, along with Ruth Beiner, this community service event was completely planned and executed by the students.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society fundraised throughout the year to raise money for the prom and collected donations from over 30 restaurants in the local area for food to serve the attendees. As a special feature, Ruth Beiner’s Culinary Classes voted on and prepared the winning salad for the evening's festivities. Additionally, over 75 door prizes were donated by businesses in the community. The Art Honor Society also fundraised in order to prepare what guests described as "the stunning table decorations."

The Senior Citizen Prom began six years ago when music teacher Jane Swarctz and the Music Honors Society came together with the Student Council and turned the idea of hosting a prom for seniors into an event. The first Senior Citizen Prom was such a success that it has become an annual tradition. 

“The very first year we crowned the king and queen, the queen was wheelchair bound,” said Swarctz. “When it was announced that she won, two boys from the Tri-M wheeled her onto the dance floor and danced with her--one holding her hands and the other swaying the the wheel chair as the Choral Ensemble sang. Our newly crowned Queen was gleaming and there was not a dry eye in the room.” 

This year’s King and Queen were Charles Wrixon and Carol Tripp. They danced their first dance with Hannah Miller and Antara Morfe, presidents of the Honor Societies, and seniors Caleb Gomez and Anthony Bottiglierro. The King and Queen donned their crowns, and were presented with flowers and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

“The food was delicious and plentiful, the music was made for dancing, and the prizes were generous," prom attendee Dave Bicofsky said. 

"However, the highlight for us was the 30 or so wonderful New Milford High School students. They were welcoming, warm, and courteous. They kept coming to the tables with bottles of water. They cleaned the tables with the efficiency of a Four Seasons waiter or waitress. They went to a few guests who had difficulty walking and offered to bring them plates of food. And they even coaxed some recalcitrant seniors onto the dance floor. They represented you, the school district, and the borough in a world class manner and truly made the evening the success that it was,” he added. 

Swarctz said, "The prom was truly a beautiful event with the young and young-at-heart dancing the night away."

"The students are already planning how they can continue to expand the event for next year," she added. 

The following local merchants generously donated food, gifts and door prizes: 

  • AARP
  • American Tobacco
  • Bagel Express
  • Bagel Factory
  • Big Jim’s
  • Bora Nails and Spa
  • Borderline Bagels
  • Brainfreeze
  • Celtic Kitchen
  • Charlie Brown’s
  • Chartwell’s Cafeteria and Angie
  • Chez Rosemary
  • Chinese Lantern
  • CVS
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dancers Closet
  • Delta Gas Station
  • Denaro’s
  • Dollar Power
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Frankie’s Deli
  • French Nails and Spa
  • Garden Café  
  • Green tree nail- certificate
  • Italian Connection
  • Laundry Chute
  • Jersey Boy’s
  • Krauzer’s
  • Lieto’s
  • Lilo’s Restuarant
  • Maggiano’s
  • Main Street Grill
  • Michael’s Bazaar
  • Mr. Cupcakes
  • New Hair Concepts
  • New Milford Cleaners
  • New Milord Deli
  • New Milford Liquors
  • Panico
  • Perrone’s Farm
  • Pinkie nails- Gift certificate
  • Pure Living Water
  • River Dell Flowers
  • Roman’s
  • Salon C
  • Salon and Spa – Gift certificate
  • Shoprite – Inserra Supermarkets
  • Snail
  • Sopranos
  • Sophies Tailoring
  • Stop and Shop of Dumont
  • United Meat Market
  • Vincent Jewelers
  • Visage Salon and Spa
  • Vitale’s
  • What’s cooking- - Gift certificate

Additional donations were made by: Ruth Beiner’s Culinary Classes, who created their award winning salad; Elanna Abreu; the Giannoulis family; Korzelius and Martinelli families; and Stelios Giannoulis and friends who donated their time and talent as D.J. for the evening. The committee also thanks Lynn Sullivan and Peggy Saslow for their assistance with the event.


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