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Never too senior to have fun

Michael and Janet Stoller
Michael and Janet Stoller
Photo by Ian Swaby
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School may be out for the year, but one senior prom was still being held.

“We can’t wait to be seniors in high school and college, and then we run away from the word after that,” said Erin McLeod, CEO of Senior Friendship Centers. 

The nonprofit’s Senior Prom, hosted on May 22 in celebration of Older Americans Month, was a chance for the community’s senior members to celebrate their status once again. 

Couples age 50 and above dressed in sophisticated attire filled out the tables and floors of Senior Friendship Centers, dancing to live music by the brass ensemble Bruno Connection, Inc., while food was served and guests took away souvenirs from a photo booth.

“We dance here frequently anyway, but this is special,” said Janet Stoller, who has been dancing for 15 years with her husband of 57 years, Michael Stoller, who noted how many attendees truly participated in the occasion by dressing to impress.

“Everyone has so much fun,” said McLeod. “We celebrate them, and it’s just an opportunity to get dressed up. Why not?”



Ian Swaby

Ian Swaby is the Sarasota neighbors writer for the Observer. Ian is a Florida State University graduate of Editing, Writing, and Media and previously worked in the publishing industry in the Cayman Islands.

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