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Seniors sway at luau gala dinner

Posted: October 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Dr. Carol Mendoza, Linda Crawford, SuzAnn Nelson, Robin Clough and Tess Carlos at the Fil-Am Association of SCV “Dance with Me” luau dinner dance gala at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Oct. 15.


A luau gala dinner and dance sponsored by the Senior Center Community Dance, “Dance With Me,” brought the aloha spirit to the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Oct. 15.

The gala was put together by Tess Carlos,  Mul Tayoba and Fil-Am Association of Santa Clarita Valley President Linda Crawford with additional help from board members and trustees.

Attendees and dancers raised $2,074.81 for the center, which was presented to SuzAnn Nelson, the center’s director of supportive services, and Robin Clough, director of volunteers and recreation.

“I’m deeply touched by the incredible generosity of the Fil-Am Association. We’ve had a special relationship for years and are so grateful for their dedication to sponsor this month’s dance,” Clough said. “The luau brought us the fun of the islands and the philanthropy of their hearts,”

The SCV Senior Center hosts a ballroom dance every third Saturday of every month at the center, which culminates in the gala.

“Local seniors really enjoy this dance. It’s a chance to wear their ballroom dance outfits with matching dancing shoes and show off all their ballroom dancing moves,” said dance coordinator Tess Carlos. “You would think they are competing in the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV show.”

Guests posed to have their pictures taken in front of a large mural designed and painted by local artist June Micu. An invocation was said by Monsignor Richard Martini of the OLPH Catholic Church prior to the authentic Hawaiian dinner served by Fiesta Grill.

Live dance music was provided by Ed Labios and the ‘N Motion Electronic Band, while a Hawaiian dance was performed by Cecille Gordon, Winona Plantenberg and Mahalia Leilani. James and Barbie Scott were crowned as Mr. and Mrs. Luau.


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