Senior Prom back for eighth year of 55-and-up fun

A sentimental journey awaits anyone 55 or older during the Senior Prom on April 8 in Lakewood.

The night of dancing and music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center on the Clover Park Technical College campus “is not your typical senior prom,” said Christine Hall, creator and host of the eighth annual event. “It’s a fun way to kick up your heels or simply come listen to great music along with your friends and peers.”

Back for this year’s event is Route 66, a 16-piece big band that has entertained the crowd at the last few proms with sounds from the swing era. Their repertoire includes hits by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Count Basie.

“Dress up or down, have your prom photo taken, and enjoy light refreshments as we celebrate our theme, ‘Sentimental Journey,’ in a festive and fun atmosphere,” said Hall, the senior director of marketing and public relations at the Franke Tobey Jones senior living community in Tacoma. “If you love to dance or just want to listen, it is a really fun time. The McGavick Conference Center is a wonderful venue that allows plenty of space for sitting, mingling, dancing and watching.”

Nearly 300 people attended last year’s prom, Hall noted.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at, at Franke Tobey Jones or at the door the night of the dance.

Hall said sponsors that help keep the ticket prices down incliude Franke Tobey, AllWest Transportation and Storage, ResCare Home Care, AdLib, Retirement Connection and Visiting Angels. Others that would like to be a sponsor can contact Hall at 253-752-6621.