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160 senior citizens enjoy prom night in Lufkin

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Thursday was prom night for about 160 seniors.

 "I'm going to dance in my wheel chair," said Shirley Wharff, Attendee.

Senior Citizens that is, 10 senior care facilities in Angelina County and Nacogdoches worked together to put on a USO themed senior prom.

 "I think it's really going to give them a boost, we've encouraged them to come and dress in their Sunday best," said Johnnie Perry, Americare EMS, Facility Liaison.

And these seniors showed up in style, dawning, gowns, hats, pearls and corsages to complete their outfits.

64-year-old Pam Runnels didn't waste any time and spent most of prom on the dance floor.

 "Anytime there was music I was there I love it and music is fun it brings people together," said Runnels.

Myrtle Spade said she never went to prom and isn't much of a dancer she says she prefers to the social side of the event.

 "I'm just enjoying the music and talking to people," said Spade.

And what would prom be without a king and queen, each facility chose a nominee for the titles and then organizers picked the prom royalty at random.

Shirley Wharff says she never attended her prom but believes this prom night was unforgettable

 "That's what it's all about, we may be in our senior years but we still love to get out," said Wharff.

Each senior care facility has an activities coordinator, organizers say they all met and began planning the event last fall.

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