Seniors Ball a hit at Golden Empire |

Seniors Ball a hit at Golden Empire

Staff of Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital
Special to The Union

The first Seniors Ball was held at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital in Grass Valley.

Residents dressed their best for the occasion in sequined dresses and black jackets and ties for the recent event that marked Grandparents Day, Sept. 12. Staff helped residents with their hair, nails and jewelry.

“There was so much excitement going on all week. Fancy gowns and dresses were brought in by our auxiliary and employees, while some residents had their own brought in by family,” Activities Director Helen Vanderhoof said. “Suits were provided for the men.

Employees had decorated the lobby. Staff of the dietary department created gourmet hors d’oeuvres, which were followed by chocolate truffles and raspberry vanilla bite-sized desserts.

Nurses Lusye and Paul Siregar, a wife-and-husband team, made and donated corsages and boutonnieres for all, including relatives and friends. Administrator Vicki Young stood in the lobby and handed out the adornments as guests arrived.

Visitors, relatives and residents filled the main dining room for hors d’oeuvres and sparkling cider served in fluted goblets. Grass Valley Florist donated flowers for the table centerpieces.

The John Skinner Orchestra played a range of music including Glen Miller, Henry Mancini and Elvis Presley, while the residents and families danced to the songs of their past under a sparkling disco ball. The professional, seven-piece orchestra was a special treat, their services hired by an anonymous family member in honor of the donor’s mother – a resident of Golden Empire.

Seniors had their pictures taken under a flower-lined arch, and for some, it was the first formal picture they had taken with their loved ones in years.

It looked like a prom night; the only difference was the gray in the hair. Relatives had tears in their eyes as they watched their moms and dads, dressed to the hilt for the Seniors Ball.

As the evening winded down, the guests said good-bye, and residents slipped off to bed with memories of a very special night.

“I’ve never seen so many happy faces,” said Assistant Director of Staff Development Pat Ivey. “This was the best day ever to show our residents how much we care about them. We are so grateful to all the families who helped us make this night a great success.”

“This will definitely have to be an annual event,” Vanderhoof added.

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