A low rumble permeated the hall, and as the door opened, the whine of hair dryers and loud chatter blasted out.
It was prom day, and everywhere you looked, volunteers were at work. They were armed with blow dryers and curling irons, with makeup brushes and mascara wands.
While her nails dried, Darlene Flaherty, 66, told the women around her that she would be dressed to kill in an outfit she bought in Mexico.
She also just had her second knee replacement done, “so I’m ready to dance tonight.”
The fuss was all about the third annual senior prom June 1 at Covenant Place, a senior living complex in Creve Coeur.
Rosy Weinstein, 93, tested lip colors and decided she needed a flashier tone, maybe berry tart.
A stylist pinned Sonjia Williams’ hair into a French roll. Sonjia, 70, said she could dance better than everyone else, and that made her nervous. She didn’t want to look like a show-off.
Not Anita Stevens. As a volunteer curled her hair, Anita, 83, bragged about a bra that would give her extra oomph that night.
She stood up and gave a preview of her Elvis-like swivel. She was excited to show off her moves that night. But first, she needed to go home to her husband.
She described Eric, 83, as a quiet man who is always by her side.
Together, with the help of the Young Professional Division of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Covenant Place created a night to remember that put the "senior" in Senior Prom.
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