Two years ago, a group of local seniors was looking for ways to let people know that a growing population of people 55 years and older thrives in College Station. That led to the idea of a pageant that would allow seniors an opportunity to socialize while being entertained by our peers.
Like most great ideas, this one came with its share of challenges. A successful event would obviously take money, but it would also take good planning. Since I had been involved in fashion shows with my local mission sisters from First Church, we decided to develop the pageant as a fashion and talent show that would honor and recognize older adults with a memorable seniors’ night out.
We invited local retirement communities, assisted living facilities, senior centers, and local churches to participate. Local home health care professionals generously lined up as sponsors, and the Brazos Valley Senior Pageant was born. In December 2010, the first pageant at the Lincoln Recreation Center proved to be a tremendous success, thanks to the fantastic support of families, friends and others in the community.
With “Age of Elegance” as the theme, the third annual pageant will be Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at the Lincoln Recreation Center, and will showcase of the latest in fashion along with great entertainment. Male or female contestants have the option of modeling or performing during the talent segment. Best of all, admission is free and so is the food!
The event is sponsored this year by Friends of Lincoln Seniors, with local home health agencies and others donating door prizes.
While the senior pageant increases community awareness of our senior population, it’s also an opportunity for the community to support our efforts and recognize our contributions. The enthusiastic participants are proud to show the world they still have what it takes as they strut down the runway to the beat of their favorite music.
For more information, call 979.764.3779. I hope to see you Saturday night at the Lincoln Center!
Senior Programs Supervisor | Lincoln Recreation Center