Dublin Villager

Tea dance will offer seniors an island experience

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin senior citizens can take an afternoon island trip with an upcoming senior tea dance.

The South Sea Island Tea Dance is slated for 1-3 p.m. June 20 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

A summer dance for Dublin's seniors has been going on for a decade and is organized by the Dublin Retirement Village.

"We do this in conjunction with the Dublin recreation center to create awareness and raise money for Alzheimer's," said Dublin Retirement Village Executive Director Ron Keller.

"All proceeds we receive -- and we ask that each participant donate money to this cause -- goes to Alzheimer's. A representative from the Alzheimer's Association is usually there and we turn the money over."

Raising money for Alzheimer's education and research is a major goal for the Dublin Retirement Village and its parent company, Senior Star.

"One of the owners is on the board of the National Alzheimer's Association," Keller said. "We truly are taking an aggressive role to raise awareness and money."

In fact, each Senior Star location must raise at least $10,000 for local and national Alzheimer's Association chapters, Keller said.

"We want to raise awareness and find a cure for this terrible disease," he said.

Alzheimer's won't be the sole focus on the free event, though.

"It starts with registration," Keller said.

"They get tickets for raffle items," Keller said. "There are festivities such as dancing with the band, food that is island themed and at the end there are prizes. There's an area for photo (opportunities)."

Big band, swing and the occasional Polynesian tune will come from the Saxmen with vocalist Jimmy Seitzer and seniors can partake of a Tiki buffet.

Free raffle tickets are provided to participants with items donated from local businesses up for grabs.

The tea dance hits capacity at 150 and Keller said 125 to 150 Dublin seniors are expected at the June 20 event.

"It's a great time and a huge, huge event," Keller said. "It's great to create awareness and raise money for Alzheimer's."

Pre-registration is required for the event and can be completed by calling 614-410-4550.

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