“A Evening in Hollywood” held for seniors of Spencer Township Neighborhood Center’s third annual prom

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Spencer Township Neighborhood Center held its 3rd annual 2016 Senior Prom.

By Christopher T. Matthews

On Saturday June 11, 2016, the evening was filled with fun, laughter, dining and dancing at the third annual Spencer Township Neighborhood Center Senior Prom celebrating the theme, “A Evening in Hollywood.”

Jacky Dale, one of the founders of the Spencer Township Neighborhood Center, said that, she had been working with seniors for over 30 years, so, she has a place in her heart for them.

“I never attended my senior prom and the first year we did it, I found out that a lot of seniors were unable to attend their proms, as well, due to serving in the war, and other economical reasons So, this is away to give back. And, I love seeing the joy in their faces,” said Jacky.

Dr. Sam Giles and Violet Iyalla were crowned King and Queen for this year’s Senior Prom.

From left: Ophelia Williams with Dr. Sam Giles, was crowned King, Mattie Giles and 2015 queen Shirley Simmons.
From left: Ophelia Williams with Dr. Sam Giles, was crowned King, Mattie Giles and 2015 queen Shirley Simmons.
From left: Violet Iyalla, crowned queen, Boma or lumkpo, Joseph Naukwo, Patricia Naukwo, Isy Achufusi, and Irene Erivo.
From left: Violet Iyalla, crowned queen, Boma or lumkpo, Joseph
Naukwo, Patricia Naukwo, Isy Achufusi, and Irene Erivo.

Dr. Sam Giles said that he found out about the prom by way of Mattie Taylor. “I think this is a good activity for senior citizens. I feel it is an appropriate event for this time of the year, especially for those who have been out of high school for a long time and/or who did not make it to their senior prom. It is really a reminiscent event, so this is my first time here and we will see what it has to offer.

Mattie Taylor-Brown and Scott Jackson.
Mattie Taylor-Brown and Scott Jackson.

Mattie Taylor-Brown, nutrition site manager for  Spencer Township Neighborhood Center, recently received an award for being the 2016 community honoree. She said, “So, to be acknowledged as such and be here again for another senior prom is a true blessing.”

Shirley Simmons the 2nd annual Spencer Township Neighborhood Center senior prom queen was unable to attend her high school prom. So, last year was her first time attending a prom. She felt it is a nice event for seniors to participate in and to bring them together and fellowship.

Carol Shull, director of the Spencer Township Neighborhood Center, thanked everybody that helped out and was glad to host the event.

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