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November 12, 2013 > Seniors Night Out bedazzles local elders

Seniors Night Out bedazzles local elders

Submitted By Linette Young

The sound of steel drums and Caribbean music from Pan Extasy kept the dance floor busy at Seniors Night Out at the Fremont Newark Hilton Hotel. Over 300 seniors, escorts, and sponsors enjoyed an evening of good food, entertainment, and dancing on October 18. Started by the City of Fremont and the Tri City Elder Coalition (TCEC) in 1993, SNO pairs homebound and frail seniors with community volunteer escorts for an evening of festivities.

This yearÕs event, themed Bedazzled, celebrated the 20th anniversary for this unique program to celebrate older adults and the Tri-Cities as an aging-friendly place to live. The event provides a fun evening for frail older adults and raises funds for TCECÕs Personal Urgent Need Fund Ð referred to as the ÒPUN Fund,Ó helping seniors in need of something as small as a special pillow to dental care throughout the year.

ÒGrowing older, as many of us know, brings new challenges of living each day. Sometimes these challenges are daunting. Seniors Night Out allows us to embrace the joy and wisdom older adults have to share with us. This special night shows all of us who participate as escorts, hosts, and sponsors that you are never too old to enjoy lively conversation and have fun!Ó says Suzanne Shenfil, Director of Human Services for the City of Fremont.

Robert Nelson served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and guest musicians included Dominican Sisters School of Music students; Boy Scouts from Troop #269, St. Joseph School, Fremont; and harpists Salvador Vazquez, Jalisco Harp. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison spoke, and Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski and Assemblyman Bill Quirk presented a proclamation for ÒSeniorsÕ Night Out.Ó Attendees enjoyed raffle drawings, a foxtrot by Robert and Connie David, and salsa number from Robert and Connie David and Vangie Brennan.

One senior couple remarked, ÒWe donÕt get out much anymore except for doctorsÕ visits; this is really a special evening for us.Ó Another mentioned that this was the best evening she had had in over three years. One senior who suffers from memory loss thought we were celebrating her birthday and it was the best party she could imagine for her special day!

Basket and raffle donors included Acacia Creek, Fremont Senior Center, Gentiva Hospice, Lula Mae Truelove, MassimoÕs, Niles Canyon Railway, Panera Bread, PeetÕs Coffee, Sunshine Home Health, Vital Link Medical Alert Systems, and Whole Foods Markets. Thanks to sponsors Cargill Salt, Fremont Bank Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital Foundation, Fremont Elks, On Lok Lifeways, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Acacia Creek, Robson Homes, Suzanne Shenfil, Sister John MarieÕs Pantry and Sisters of the Holy Family

For information on SeniorÕs Night Out 2014, e-mail seniorsnightout@comcast.net. To learn more about the mission and programs of the Tri-City Elder Coalition, visit www.tceonline.org.

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