CCOA Senior Prom: Dancing for Meals on Wheels

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Local seniors were "Lost in the Fifties" at the Calcasieu Council on Aging's first annual Senior Prom. The event was spearheaded by Southern Home Health to raise money for meals on wheels.

"I thought what can we do to help. So we decided to do something to raise money so we came up with the idea to raise money that involved the senior citizens and we thought of the senior prom," said Jackie Hebert, with Southern Home Health.

Giving seniors like 99-year-old Bea Chavanne a reason to put on her sequins and enjoy time with friends while helping others.

"Well everything is so wonderful. I mean I'm so glad to be alive and be able visit with all of these people," said Chavanne.

Meals on Wheels currently feeds 450 Calcasieu seniors, but organizers hope to feed a lot more people.

"Southern Home Health wanted to help us feed more in our Meals on Wheels program clients and we have a waiting list of about 250 homebound elderly clients that are shut-ins that cannot get out of their homes so we are trying to raise money for the wheels program," said Toni Caraway, CCOA Executive Director.

"I think it really is going to help. We've raised a lot of money today. It's 14-hundred dollars per year to feed someone five meals a week," said Robin Abshire, with Southern Home Health.

"It's been really tough with trying to keep up with all of the increases and everything. But we are very client centered at the CCOA and we put our clients first," said Debbie Duhon, CCOA Program Director.

Much to the delight of the ladies, the one and only "Elvis" made an appearance. And prom wouldn't be prom without a king and queen. Twelve couples were vying for the crown. Lillian Fontenot and Gene Duhon were bringing back all the right moves.

"We're gonna win. I mean with this dress and this good looking man, we have to win," said Fontenot.

"Oh yeah. We will win. You ought to see us when we get on the dance floor. We have moves from the 50s, 60s and 40s," said Gene Duhon.

Mimi and Skeeter Hayes of Westlake won the title, but the real winners are the seniors who will receive a hot meal.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Meals on Wheels program, call the Calcasieu Council On Aging at 474-2583.

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