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The Senior Prom - a magical night that creates treasured memories - whether those attending are 18 or 68. For the senior adults of the Wadsworth community, The Crystal Ball, Wadsworth's 2019 Senior Citizens Prom, was a night to recall and enjoy those special memories of the past while happily making new ones.

The stage was set April 9 in the beautiful Starlight Ballroom at the Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Drive, where guests gathered to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this special event for seniors hosted by the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation, the Soprema Senior Center, and signature sponsors.

The popular, much anticipated festive evening had all the right ingredients: keepsake photos of the guests taken by Tom Stugmyer; a champagne toast given by Master of Ceremonies Jim Koewler, The Koewler Law Firm; a lovely sit-down dinner shared with good friends; the "best" music for dancing provided by City Lights DJ Service; door prizes; and the crowning of the 2019 Prom King and Queen. Chef Bob Cook, from The Village of St. Edward, even carved a huge ice sculpture of a magnificent vase filled with flowers.

DJs John and Joe started the musical entertainment with a slow dance, but the pace changed quickly and the floor filled immediately when the dancers heard their familiar favorites: "The Twist," "At the Hop," "Jailhouse Rock," and so many more. There was a whole lot of rockin' goin' on!

This year's royal couple, Joanne and Ward Adkins, were crowned by last year's king and queen, Rich and Connie Hohman. The Adkins had been high school sweethearts, but parted ways after graduation. Fate brought them back together and they married three years ago. Theirs was just one of many beautiful, happy stories being shared.

Paul Jewel and Linda Thomas were seniors at Brunswick High School in 1969. He was a basketball player, she was a cheerleader, and together they were their high school prom's king and queen. They went their separate ways after graduation, but were later reunited in a rather unique way.

Jewel was tending to family grave sites at Eastlawn when he noticed a woman nearby who was doing the same thing to the sites of her loved ones, but without any tools. He walked over to offer his help, and when she looked up, they immediately recognized each other. A cup of coffee along with a lot of conversation that lasted several hours sparked the beginning of their renewal to each other. They became engaged on Valentine's Day and will marry Thanksgiving weekend.

WOAF members Jenna Slonaker and Anita Monroe co-chaired the committee that orchestrated the event, working with Soprema Senior Center Director Nancy Likens, Beth Lucas and Lori Wilkinson, also of Soprema, and Stacey Ries of KAZ Company.

Crystal Event Sponsor ($500) was The Village of St. Edward. Gold Sponsors ($250) were Avenue at Medina, KAZ Company, SHE Did It Videography, LLC, and Tom Stugmyer. Silver Sponsors ($100) were Calming Comfort Massage Therapy, Concordia at Sumner, The Koewler Law Firm, and Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home.

Bronze Sponsors ($50 and door prize donations) were Liberty Residence, Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Medina County Veterans Service Office. The event programs were printed courtesy of Five Star Printing.

The mission of the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation (WOAF) is to be proactive in providing supplemental support to the programs and services affiliated with the Soprema Senior Center.