Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-C-Chautauqua County, recently attended a senior prom.
The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. held the intergenerational prom at their Taft Center location in Jamestown with the theme of "The Enchanted Garden."
The event included participants from all four Chautauqua Adult Day Care locations, family, as well as middle and high school students from surrounding areas.
Assemblyman Andy Goodell joins the court from the Taft Center senior prom. From left are Victor Rivera of Dunkirk, prom prince; Doris Smith of Jamestown, prom queen; Goodell, Richard Maitland of Lakewood, prom king; and Amy Gregory of Westfield, prom princess.
The prom included a picture table which allowed participants to bring in pictures of themselves of when they were in their teenage years. The prom also included a list of participant and staff member names with the year that they graduated high school. The years ranged from the 1930s to the 2000s.
The event was made possible with the help of a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The day's activities were capped off with the crowning of the prom king and queen. This year's recipients were Richard Maitland of Lakewood and Doris Smith of Jamestown.
"The Taft Center provides an outstanding array of activities for their clients," Goodell said. "The seniors' prom provided not only endless entertainment for all in attendance. The place was beautifully decorated and everyone was beautifully dressed. I also want to include a special thanks to the staff for their outstanding efforts and the seniors for allowing me to join in their celebration. Most importantly, I would like to offer my best wishes to Richard and Doris, the prom king and queen, and all the seniors at the Taft Center."
"I'd also like to include a special thank you to the local students in attendance from Brocton, Southwestern, Falconer, Fredonia, Cattaraugus and Frewsburg high schools. The students helped with hair and makeup for the attendees and many shared a dance with the seniors," Goodell said.
The Taft Center is run by the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Center, Inc. and led by Frank Bercik, executive director. The center offers a variety of services from adult day care, pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, and arts and crafts. The center comes complete with a supportive staff, a secure group setting, supervision, meals, social work services, recreation, and companionship in an effort to delaying nursing home placement.
For more information, call Karen Lucks, associate director, at 358 E. Fifth St., Jamestown, at 665-4899.