Senior prom to raise money for Meals on Wheels

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Senior prom is no longer just a teen thing. There's a new kind of senior prom in town and it's to help feed frail elderly.

Senior prom is a magical event whether you're a teen or a senior citizen preparing for a night down memory lane at the first annual Calcasieu Council on Aging Meals on Wheels senior prom.  It's complete with old classic cars like a '57 Chevy that will be on hand for pictures.

Don Manuel and his wife Dorothy have been married for more than fifty years. They're dressing up and planning to join in the fun. Says Don, "It's going to be hilarious. Dorothy and I are king and queen and I guess there are going to be some more elections going on. But we're going back to the fifties, going back to our roots where we come from. And if you want to see some, I started to say some good jitter bugging, come on down, but it might be a little bit slow."

As if the music and dancing weren't enough of an excuse to get dressed up and get out, money raised will help provide meals on wheels for some of those on the waiting list. Southern home health is a sponsor. Patient Care Representative Jackie Herbert says they know first hand of the need. "They're homebound. That's one of the criteria for home health is you have to be homebound. And a lot of these people, they can't drive, they don't have family members that are nearby to go and cook for them. They don't have a hot meal every day. We've even seen people that have the meals on wheels. They eat half of their meal and save the rest for evening."

So, the Manuels and the Ledouxs are getting warmed up and hoping there will be lots of others who will come out and have a good time all in the name of providing food and friendship for elderly in the community.

The first annual CCOA Meals on Wheels senior prom fund raiser is from 2 - 6 p.m. Saturday September 19th at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Tickets are $5 but donations of more will be greatly apppreciated and they are looking for more sponsors. For more information call 474-2583.

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