NORTH CANTON The Hoover High School Commons area was transformed into a prom night dream last month for the 2017 Senior Citizen Prom. The theme was "Under the Sea" and the decorations provided an island ambiance for the 200 senior citizens from around the county who enjoyed the food, dancing, laughing together and an evening of fun.
The prom is hosted every year by the Interact Club at Hoover High School. The club has 160 members this year and includes students grades 9-12.
Club members Sammi Battista, Elyssa Enrique and Carly Huthmacher were coordinators of this year’s event.
"Our club dues every year help the raise money to hold the Senior Citizens Prom plus we have local business donate for the event," said Huthmacher.
"This year Meals on Wheels donated the meal for the seniors and the North Canton Rotary Club donated pizza for the Interact Club members and donated funds," she said.
Battista said the Interact Club is modeled after the Rotary Club. The group spends the first half of every year doing community service and starting in January, they plan for the prom.
Dinner was served promptly at 5:15 p.m. There was a short presentation by the Blue Star Mothers and performances by members of the Hoover band and others. Michaels Group Band provided dance music for the evening.
The fashions were fancy and the footwork even more fancy as the music started and the couples took to the dance floor for an evening of enjoyment. The prom has been held every year for at least 20 years. Many couples were returning while a few were coming for the first time.
Gladys Anderson, who is 97 years old, attended the prom for the first time. She came with a group from the St. Luke Lutheran Community in North Canton. She’s originally from Staten Island, NY, and moved to North Canton to live closer to family.
"I’m going to call and tell my daughter about the prom when I get home," Anderson said. "The dinner was good and I’m enjoying the decorations and the music."
The evening also included games and a photo. It was topped off with crowing of the King and Queen. This year’s crowned couple were Pat Stout and Pete Legas.
"We select the King and Queen based on a variety of factors. It could be how long they were married or their life stories. We selected tonight’s couple based on their stories," said Enrique.
As the sun began to set on the evening, the Commons area took on a different feel. By then most of the tables were empty but the dance floor was filled. Couples who obviously had been dancing together for many years danced the rest of the evening away, making it yet another great night to remember.