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Senior citizens prepare for prom night at Timbers of Shorewood

The event will feature live music, decorations and food under fiesta theme

Pat Spinella of Shorewood dances with prom king Lou Bank during the 2014 Seniors' Senior Prom titled, "Winter Wonderland”
Pat Spinella of Shorewood dances with prom king Lou Bank during the 2014 Seniors' Senior Prom titled, "Winter Wonderland”

The Timbers of Shorewood, located at 1100 N. River Road, will host its
15th annual prom for senior citizens from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The fiesta-themed prom will feature bright yellow, green and red decorations, as well as tacos and churros for guests to enjoy, Timbers Activity Director Linda McCluskey said. Other foods also will be available at the event.

“Some of them, this is their only prom,” McCluskey said. “It’s a coming together of the Timbers community and a welcoming of the outsiders. This is a highly anticipated event.”

The housekeeping staff will perform a folkloric Mexican dance, which McCluskey said they’ve been practicing every day.

“They actually do a [dance] at Christmas,” McCluskey said. “They’ve taken it and made it more festive and more fancy for the fiesta to share their heritage with us.”

The Del Bergeson Orchestra, a 13-piece music group, will provide live music during the event.

Timber residents nominated their peers for king and queen near the end of April, and the winners will be announced on prom night. The previous year’s king and queen provide the new royalty with trophies, flowers, sashes and crowns. Then, they dance.

“All of our past kings and queens are invited and they join us and they all have special seating,” McCluskey said. “We’ve got something new we’re going to share with them when we crown the king and queen this year, but I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag.”

Local teenagers from Shorewood, Joliet and Plainfield will serve as chaperones at the event. McCluskey said the teens volunteer during the school year, and Timbers employees stay in touch with them during the summer.

“It’s really neat because we invite the kids to come in their prom outfits ... and the residents love their dresses and how well they’re dressed,” McCluskey said. “It’s nice to see the residents and the teenagers – the young adults – sharing their stories. The smiles are amazing.”

McCluskey said the venue typically is filled on prom night.

“Everybody, even those that don’t normally come out, will come out,” McCluskey said. “[Local residents] can still RSVP to the front desk.”

She said the entire Timbers community comes together to plan the event each year.

“Come and meet our residents and see how much fun we do have and how good life is here at the Timbers,” McCluskey said.

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