More than 120 Ottawa County seniors “sprung into happiness” April 13 with the first of what is hoped to be an annual event.
Hosted by the Ottawa County Senior Activity Committee and sponsored by Walker Family Funeral Homes and Otterbein North Shore Retirement Living Community, seniors from Ottawa County and surrounding areas danced to the Big Band sounds of “Night Session” at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall in Oak Harbor.Hardly a foot could stop from tapping as Night Session offered an array of epic big band tunes including “Tangerine” and “As Time Goes By.”
“We hope to make this dance an annual event,” said Jennifer Waldron, family services and pre-arrangement advisor for Walker Funeral Homes. “This is a great community event and we are happy to serve the seniors of our community.
“We are really pleased with the turnout,” said Christine Weigel, director of marketing for Otterbein Northshore, which provided the hors d’ouvres for the event. “It is just great to see everyone out, having fun and enjoying the music.”
Walker Family Funeral Homes has taken the sponsorship a step further by donating all the proceeds of the event to the Ottawa County Senior Levy fund.
Juanita Mills-Persely, chair of the Ottawa County Senior Activity Committee, was more than pleased with the dance, she said. “The Senior Levy has given this county the opportunity to provide invaluable services to the seniors of Ottawa County. The dance not only provided an opportunity for seniors to socialize and be entertained, but it also shows that seniors support their own cause. It was win-win all the way around.”
The Senior Levy helps support Ottawa County Senior Resources in providing a variety of services to the nearly 9,000 seniors in the county. These services include, home-delivered meals, Options for Independence Home Care, DayBreak Adult Day Services and support of the six senior centers scattered across the county.