Elders enjoy Prom Night held in District 5

Velia Moncada

Gila River Indian News


The Gila River Indian Community Services Department, Community’s Elderly Services and Elderly Nutrition Program collaborated to host a heartwarming Elderly Senior Prom Night. The event took place on Feb. 22 at the District 5 Service Center. Elders from all seven districts RSVP’d to the event that hosted 250 guests.


The event celebrates the vibrant spirit of GRIC elder members with an ambiance reminiscent of a high school prom as they enjoy an enchanting evening filled with reconnection.


“(The Sr. Prom night) is to promote socialization for our elderly population and just help them come together and spend time together, and just be able to dress up, and have a meal,” said Lindsay Antone, District 1, program coordinator for Elderly Services. She said the departments came together, eager to organize a special event for the Community’s elders, which took six months to bring together.


“Being our first ever to a senior prom, right now, it’s fabulous; I was excited, I was excited all day,” said Melva Enos, District 3, alongside her husband Vernon Enos, District 3.


Mr. Enos took the crown as prom king of the night, along with Ginger Kalka, District 1, who was named prom queen. A name drawing selected the two.


Elders received a delicious meal and eagerly participated in raffle drawings and prizes. Laughter and camaraderie filled the room as attendees showcased their best dance moves throughout the night with country and “chicken scratch” dancing to the Community’s Native rock band, Eagle Heart.


The event served as a reminder of the importance of fostering social connections and celebrating elders’ invaluable contributions to the Community. It was a night to remember, brimming with laughter, love, and cherished memories for all who attended.