Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

S.A.A.C. Hosts Successful Senior Citizen Prom

By: Olivia Corio

Lynn University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its annual Senior Citizen Prom at Stratford Court Senior Living Community on Friday, January 10, in conjunction with the University’s Knights Unite Day of Caring. This year’s theme was the Rock n’ Roll era if the 1950’s, which many of the residents enjoyed recalling their earlier years with the music, decorations and party favors.  At the end of the night, the student-athletes selected four residents, two kings and two queens, which were awarded crowns and had the opportunity to dance with whoever they chose for the final dance.

“For this annual event, the students always work hard to make sure that it is better than the year before and they continually deliver a night to remember for the residents,” said Assistant Athletic Director and S.A.A.C. advisor Sara Quatrocky. “As an administrator, it is amazing to see the two groups of young and old blend and truly create bonds with one another. Like always, I am very proud of our students.”

It was hard to out-due last year’s prom that was sweetheart themed and had over 100 attendees but this year’s S.A.A.C. members made it happen. The night started slow but once the music picked up there wasn’t any more room on the dance floor. The DJ, who donned a sparkly glove for all Michael Jackson songs, played a variety of tunes to keep the party going. Age did not matter as the different generations danced to everything from Frank Sinatra to Robin Thicke.

“This was a night to remember as the elderly folks were reminiscing back to their high school days. When they were singing and dancing to the music you could just see the smiles of memories,” said S.A.A.C. President Andrew Melchor. “It is great that S.A.A.C. takes part in events like these.”

This was Melchor’s second year attending the senior citizen prom. He joined S.A.A.C. last year when he became a member of the baseball team and has quickly become a strong leader for the organization.

“I really love going to Stratford Court and spending time with the elderly and hearing stories from when they were our age,” said Tylar Tracy, a member of the women’s basketball team. She later added, “It was great seeing a smile on their faces as we took them back 60 years.”

Each January, Lynn University hosts a Knights Unite Day of Caring in an effort to honor the lives of the four students and two faculty members that lost their lives in the devastating Haiti Earthquake in 2010 while on a “Journey of Hope” during Lynn’s J-Term. This is the second year in a row S.A.A.C. moved its annual event to January to coincide with the University’s day of community service.



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