I just wanted to share my experience at a little-noticed event that deeply touched my heart. We hosted a Seniors Valentine’s Day Dance at the Copernicus Center this past Monday, complete with a Frank Sinatra-style singer, food from Heck’s catering and local students to help the event go smoothly. Artists were on hand to sketch the seniors, creating wonderful works that will be featured in an upcoming art show.
On a day sometimes overly-associated with youth, it was such a pleasure to recognize the importance of seniors in our community. As the dance cards fill up with names, so did my heart with the joy of seeing multiple generations celebrate Valentine’s Day together. Some seniors even commented that the event wiped away the assumption that young people feel seniors have “cooties.”
I’ve always believed our seniors are too vital to our community to be warehoused or ignored. But this event was just proof that bringing generations together, even just for a few hours, can have a massive impact. Thank you to all who participated, and I look forward to similarly heart-warming events in the future.
Ald. John Arena