Hancock Senior Prom
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 19, 2013, 01:18
On Friday, 92-year old Ernie Payne and 97-year old Dorothy Warner were crowned King and Queen of the Hancock County Senior Citizen Prom held at the Bay St. Louis community center.
It was a star-studded red carpet event in Bay St. Louis – the first annual Hancock County Senior Citizen Prom was held on Friday at the Bay St. Louis Community Center.
The theme was "Red Carpet Gala."
From line dancing to the “Cupid Shuffle” to shaking it all about to the “Hokey Pokey,” senior citizens of Hancock County were proving you’re never too old to go to the prom and shake your “Mardi Gras Mambo.”
The prom was the brainchild of Mary Turcotte and Amy Ivey.
"We had this vision," Ivey said. "We created a committee for county interest. We wanted to do something for the seniors of Hancock County.
"We have residents from Dunbar Village, Woodland Nursing Home, Notre Dame and Oak Haven and of course seniors from the community. Guests were treated to a meal, keepsake photographs, music, door prizes and dancing."
Ivey said that the entry fee to the prom was a non-perishable food item and all proceeds will be donated to the Hancock Food Pantry.
"This was a fun-filled event for the seniors," Ivey said. "We are hoping to continue it year after and for it to just grow.
"Our three Hancock County mayors served as masters of ceremonies,"
"This is wonderful, such a good thing," Waveland's Mayor David Garcia said. "It brought people out from their homes and gives them the opportunity to see people they haven't seen in years.
"I would love to have this opportunity as I get older. I applaud all the participants and sponsors."
"It's so nice to see people I know," prom attendee Georgie Hundle said. "I enjoyed the music, everyone is dressed real nice.
"I will definitely come back next year."
"Next year they are going to have to bus in the men from the Naval home for us to dance with," 85-year-old Nola Kingston said. "I just love it, I've never been to the prom, it's wonderful."
"I've seen a lot of friends that I don't get to see too often," Beverly Emerick said. "The food and music were great and this is such a beautiful facility."
Prom wouldn't be complete without a king and queen. The first Senior Citizen Prom king was 92-year old Ernie Payne and his queen, 97-year old Dorothy Warner.
Find them on Facebook at SeniorProm Hancock County.