Seniors' Senior Prom: "Cotton Club" at the Oak Park Arms

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Elida Coseri

It's Senior Prom time. Every year sees event venues filled with high school seniors dressed to the nines and enjoying this most special event. Well, it's not all high school seniors...

A different group of seniors will be the "cat's meow" at the 34th annual Seniors' Senior Prom titled, "Cotton Club," from 7 – 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The public is warmly welcome to attend and dance the night away.

The Dick Elliot Band will provide the music, standards from the Big Band era - music that will touch lives, refresh spirits and perhaps most important - rekindle memories.

In addition, the Legacy Girls will perform their Andrew Sisters act. Appetizers will be served before the prom, and a special dessert is being planned. In addition, there will be exciting drawings for prizes.

At 8 p.m. the Oak Park Arms scholarship will be presented to student Anjelica Hannicke. She has been volunteering at the Timbers for several years and will attend the University of Illinois in the fall.

"It's always a thrill to present the scholarship," said Jill Wagner, director of marketing for Oak Park Arms. "Hannicke is simply terrific and she has a bright future. We are very happy to be in a position to help."

A highlight of the prom is the crowning of the 2013 king and queen who are elected by the residents. A special dance will take place featuring all the kings and queens, past and present.

"Our prom is quite an event," Wagner said, "The room will be decorated with a roaring twenties theme, and the residents and families have a wonderful time."

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay - a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The prom is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040 or visit

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