By MICHAEL?SCHULER, Times Leader Staff Writer
BELLAIRE – Residents at the Country Club Retirement Campus here recently had the opportunity to attend the annual prom for the nursing home residents.
This year, the theme was “Shanghai Nights,” and featured Asian decor.
It’s something that Country Club Retirement Campus does every year and is one of the biggest events held annually here.
It’s also one most attended by the residents, CCRC Director Joe Zvosecz said.
This year, about 100 people took part in the event.
“This is prom season and it’s a great way for us to kick the summer,” Zvosecz said.
Just like a high school prom, the retirement campus provided music, snacks, punch and even named a king and queen as part of the event.
A big thanks goes to Bellaire High School who provide them with decorations, making it a real prom.
“They provide us with the decorations everything and they need to be thanked,” Zvosecz said. “It wouldn’t be a prom without decorations and it’s also a great way for the residents to stay connected to the community.”
Not only do the residents participate by attending, it’s also an event the residents like to get involved with by planning the event.
They also pick the theme and help with the decorations.
And just like a high school prom, everyone wants to look their best.
Women wear dresses and the men dress up in suits and ties. Days leading up to the event, a fitting room is set up and the women will try on their dresses.
Staff from CCRC also assist the residents with make-up and fixing their hair.
Those attending the prom were escorted into the event and then served a light snack, while Jack Giaconel of Light Touch provided the music by singing and playing a keyboard with background music.
Later in the day, a king and queen were picked, by randomly pulling of one man and one woman. This years king is Elmer Lamp Sr. and the queen is Rose Myers.
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Recently, residents of Country Club Retirement Campus attended the annual CCRC Prom. From the left, CCRC Marketing Director Colleen DeBlasis, Prom Queen Rose Myers, Prom King Elmer Lamp and CCRC Director Joe Zvosecz.