Tunes, camaraderie highlight senior center ball
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Local residents Stephen and Anita Ridolfi enjoy Lolly Hansen Senior Center's annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16. The Las Vegas-themed event included dinner, dessert, dancing and a photo booth.  Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Local residents Stephen and Anita Ridolfi enjoy Lolly Hansen Senior Center's annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16. The Las Vegas-themed event included dinner, dessert, dancing and a photo booth. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Local residents Evelyn Boerner and Tom Noakes dance to the music of a live band during the annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16, at Lolly Hansen Senior Center. The Las Vegas-themed event also included dinner, dessert and a photo booth.  Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Local residents Evelyn Boerner and Tom Noakes dance to the music of a live band during the annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16, at Lolly Hansen Senior Center. The Las Vegas-themed event also included dinner, dessert and a photo booth. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Mike Rosenblum of Modesto and Bob Sakoi of Stockton, members of the band In The Mood, play the trumpet during the annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16, at Lolly Hansen Senior Center. The Las Vegas-themed event included dinner, dessert, dancing and a photo booth.  Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Mike Rosenblum of Modesto and Bob Sakoi of Stockton, members of the band In The Mood, play the trumpet during the annual Black and White Ball on Monday, Dec. 16, at Lolly Hansen Senior Center. The Las Vegas-themed event included dinner, dessert, dancing and a photo booth. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Dozens of senior citizens danced and dined together during the Las Vegas-themed sixth annual Black and White Ball at Lolly Hansen Senior Center.

The gala, from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, attracted about 80 people from around the Tracy area, including Stephen Ridolfi and his wife, Anita.

“This is a great event to dress up and put on the dog,” Stephen Ridolfi said. “We love the music, the dancing and the people that come to the senior center.”

Each $5 ticket included dinner, dessert, access to a photo booth and a chance to dance to music played by the band In the Mood. Tables were dressed in black cloths, with casino-inspired décor.

Jolene Jauregui, recreation coordinator, described the ball as “truly a social event for our community.”

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” she said. “It’s great to see our seniors in their formal attire and so excited to dance the night away.”

Volunteers from the Youth Advisory Commission and a dozen Target employees helped at the dinner-dance, one of several holiday events at the senior center.

“The senior center is my second home,” attendee Yvette Williams said. “I love it here and the events they put together.”

Each year, the theme of the ball is determined with help from local seniors in October.

“This is a fun event,” Tom Noakes said. “It’s great music and makes you feel good.”

Frank Desoto and his wife are Manteca residents and came to Tracy to join the party.

“This is our second year attending the black and white ball,” Desoto said. “It’s a great way to enjoy the holidays.”

The Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St., is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about senior activities, call 831-4230.

• Contact the Tracy Press newsroom at 835-3030 or tpnews@tracypress.com.

 
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