February 15, 2008
Service fraternity to hold Valentine's danceAlpha Phi Omega will be sponsoring its annual Valentine's Dance at Grayson View Senior Living Community on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Members of Senior Friends and Phi Mu Delta will join the service fraternity, and junior Lisa Molendini, vice president of service, said the group is very excited to have additional participation for the evening festivities.
This year marks the seventh year that Alpha Phi Omega has organized the event.
Both Alpha Phi Omega and Senior Friends make weekly visits to the center, where they play bingo with the residents, but Molendini said the Valentine's Dance is a time to put together something special.
"It really seems to break up the monotony for them," Molendini said.
Senior Friends planned a craft project to make Valentine's Day cards with the residents.
In addition to the crafts, the residents will have the opportunity to dance to music from when they were the same age as the college students, which "really uplifts their spirits," Molendini said.
"The ladies really enjoy dancing with the college boys," she said.
Sophomore Steve Sassaman, a member of Phi Mu Delta, said he is happy to help get the residents up and dancing.
"I think our youthful energy and our willingness to make fools of ourselves inspires the older generation to let loose themselves and have a great time," he said.
This "youthful energy" is an asset that will be used throughout the night. Alpha Phi Omega will draw names from a hat and crown the Valentine's king and queen of Grayson View, Molendini said.
Sassaman said that the crowning of a king and queen is an "opportunity that will give the residents a chance to feel young again and bring them great memories of things like their senior prom."
Along with ensuring that the residents have a fun-filled evening, Molendini said the groups "really enjoy their participation" with the residents and being able to brighten their day.
At Grayson View, there is a white board in the recreation room that the director of activities writes on everyday about the day's events and when the residents see "College Valentine's Dance" on the board, "they look forward to it all day," Molendini said.
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