It’s prom season, a time for tuxedos, corsages, and elegant dresses. Proms aren’t just for high school students anymore. Staff at Abernethy Laurels Retirement Community in Newton started planning a prom for their residents months ago. They recently held the event with the theme “Putting on the Ritz.” Over 100 attendees gathered to dance the evening away while the Newton-Conover High School Jazz Band performed a variety of upbeat and slow tunes. Other Newton-Conover High School students came to assist residents to and from the event as well as to serve as dancing partners.
Newton-Conover City Schools Superintendent, Dr. David Stegall and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Aron Gabriel also attended the prom to show support and proved to be excellent dancers. “We should have this every year,” attendee and resident Jeanne Swartz said, struggling to be heard over the tunes in the background. Jackie Wesson, Resident Services Assistant at Abernethy Laurels, stated “The event surpassed my expectations, and the partnership with the high school worked out beautifully. It also opened the doors to additional opportunities for the older adults and youth to converge for similar functions. Everyone was smiling and having a great time – just how prom is supposed to be.” Abernethy Laurels, a not-for-profit retirement community in Newton, NC takes pride in its history and tradition of excellence. Visitwww.abernethylaurels.org or call 828.465.8519 for more information.