Dressed in holiday finery, some 500 seniors were active participants in a festive evening Dec. 9 at the holiday decorated City Auditorium.
The annual Senior Resource Council Holiday Dinner and Dance was the popular site and some seniors had made their reservations a year in advance.
A team from Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, headed by Chef Patrick Robinson, served up holiday-gift meals delivered hot from the kitchen by community volunteers. The finale was strawberry shortcake.
Some enjoying an evening out couldn't wait for the meal and took to the dance floor first, drawn by the music of the New Century Big Band. After dessert they headed out again, filling the dance floor and some of the aisles.
In between dances there was a line for photos with Santa Ken Jenson of Amada Senior Care and Mrs. Claus, Mychal Elhoffer.
Visiting with guests at her first Holiday Dinner and Dance was Senior Resource Council's new Executive Director Kelsie Heermans.
Top sponsors for the night, along with Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, were Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Peak View Behavioral Health, AARP Colorado and The Retreat at Sunny Vista.
For those getting a jump on the calendar for next year's dinner dance, the date is Nov. 17.
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