PSR holds throwback dance

Published 8:14 am Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) held a throwback dance Friday at the Farmville Moose Lodge 968. The event, organized by PSR Nutrition Coordinator Nikki Dean, was attended by seniors from the counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward.

“We got together and a lot of the seniors said that they wanted a dance,” Dean said.

Partygoers were encouraged to come enjoy a free “blast from the past” with a celebration that featured costumes, decorations and dancing from previous decades. Shuttles transported many seniors to the dance. DJ Mike “Baddog” Thompson provided music and Farmville’s Piggin’ Out Catering supplied lunch and dessert.

“We came up with the Senior Throwback Dance and we kind of built it around the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, which is around their time eras when they were growing up,” Dean said. “We have had amazing donations from the caterer who has come out. This entire Moose Lodge was donated to us. So, just through the help of our community, through the interests of the actual clients themselves, that’s how it came to be.”

A raffle was held during the afternoon, including prizes such as T-shirts and donated gift baskets. Prizes were also handed out for the best dressed lady and gentleman, titles awarded to Betty Webster and Ford Spencer, respectively. Seniors participated in line dances and enjoyed taking pictures at the event’s photobooth.

PSR Director of Nutrition and Transportation Thomas Jordan Miles III said, “Our mission is to advocate and help achieve independence for the older Americans who are 60 years of age or older who live in the seven-county area. And we do that through a variety of ways: through care coordination, through home-delivered meals, through insurance counseling, through Medicare and Medicaid assistance.”

Ice cream and a final dance party wrapped up the event and shuttles provided seniors with transportation from the venue.