More than 350 people packed the great room at the Mill for the annual event, which is the largest fundraiser for the senior center.
“We’re up about 140 [tickets] from last year,” said Teresa Botts, activities director for the senior center. “We also have wonderful volunteers who are here to help us out and serve tonight. A lot of the people who are volunteering tonight are people who help us during the entire year. That includes home health, nursing homes, assisted living and other people who do things for us the whole year.”
In addition to ticket sales, there was a silent auction with nearly 50 items on different tables. Seniors were able to peruse the silent auction tables before dinner was served. Also, the senior center sold table sponsorships from $100 to $500, Botts said.
Those in attendance were able to eat prime rib or baked chicken and had their choice of tea or water. Wine was also sold at the event.
Danny McCorkle was the entertainer for the evening, singing songs from Elvis Presley, as well as other oldies.
Dancing partners Doug Jenkins and Jean Carver said they had looked forward to the evening. Jenkins had attended the dance in the past, but this was Carver’s first Valentine’s Day dance held by the senior center.
“We want to dance and have fun,” Carver said.
Senior center member Joe Thomas, who has attended the dinner and dance in the past, agreed.
“I’m here to have a good time, to dance and benefit the senior citizens center,” Thomas said. “It’s fun. You get to see all the old people.”