Philadelphia Senior Center Celebrates 60th Years of Serving Area Seniors with 60th Anniversary Gala and Dance: 'There's No Place Like Home'

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Philadelphia Senior Center (PSC) celebrates 60 years of service to tens of thousands of seniors and their families with the "60th Anniversary Gala and Dance: There's No Place Like Home." This Wizard of Oz-inspired event takes place on Friday, October 16, 2009 at Penn's Landing Caterers/ Sheet Metal Workers Local Union Building, 1301 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a VIP reception that includes a top shelf open bar, lavish hors d'oeuvres, and performance by the Greater Overbrook String Band. Seating for dinner, dancing and dessert starts at 6:30pm and includes an original musical performance by PSC's jazz pianist Tom Lawton. CBS 3/ The CW Philly 57 Anchor/Reporter Natasha Brown will serve as media chairperson for the event.

Philadelphia Senior Center (PSC) celebrates 60 years of service to tens of thousands of seniors and their families with the "60th Anniversary Gala and Dance: There's No Place Like Home." This Wizard of Oz-inspired event takes place on Friday, October 16, 2009 at Penn's Landing Caterers/ Sheet Metal Workers Local Union Building, 1301 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a VIP reception that includes a top shelf open bar, lavish hors d'oeuvres, and performance by the Greater Overbrook String Band. Seating for dinner, dancing and dessert starts at 6:30pm and includes an original musical performance by PSC's jazz pianist Tom Lawton. CBS 3/ The CW Philly 57 Anchor/Reporter Natasha Brown will serve as media chairperson for the event.

PSC will present the "60th Anniversary Gala" in its own special land of "Oz" in a Philadelphia-inspired Emerald City, complete with an emerald-green Liberty Bell and Love Statue. The VIP Reception will take place in the Haunted Forest, complete with a tin man. Festivities kick-off with a VIP cocktail hour, which includes a top shelf open bar, lavish hors d'oeuvres, and a special VIP gift. The Greater Overbrook String Band will perform live as scarecrows.

Dinner and dancing kick-off at 6:30pm along PSC's yellow brick road. The program will include a digital story presentation, "60 Years of Stories." Jazz pianist and PSC composer-in-residence Tom Lawton will present original music he created with input from PSC seniors. There will also be a live dance band to help guests kick-up their ruby red slippers!

The program will also feature an awards presentation by CBS 3/ The CW Philly 57 Anchor/Reporter Natasha Brown. Brown will present three awards to leaders and organizations who have helped PSC reach this special milestone.

Anne B. Hagele will be given the Visionary Award for her contributions to PSC during her tenure, which included building updates, creating a program to provide social workers for HUD funded low income apartment complexes for seniors; and for opening the Jefferson Family Medical Associates clinic at PSC Main Branch. The Female Society for the Relief and Employment of the Poor will receive the Founder's Award for launching what would become PSC in 1949. Today, the Female Society is still one of PSC's largest supporters. The friends, volunteers and donors of the Coffee Cup House Party will be acknowledged with the Sustainer's Award for their contributions over the years and raising tens of thousands of dollars for senior services.

The "60th Anniversary Gala and Dance" is sponsored by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, PSC Main Branch Advisory Council, and The Yorkhouse Apartments. Supporting sponsors include: AirTran Airways, Bravo Health, EXIT REALTY "The Tri-State Group," the PSC Booster Club, The Philadelphia Foundation and Slater Funeral Home, Ltd.

Tickets to the event are $60 (55 and Older), $100 (Under 55), $120 VIP, and $30 Name Listing. To make a reservation or donation, contact Senior Development Officer Kory Michael Aversa at (215) 546-5879, ext. 277, or kaversa(at)philaseniorcenter(dot)org .

About Philadelphia Senior Center (PSC)
A proud member of the NewCourtland Network, PSC has kept tens of thousands of seniors independent in their homes and communities for 60 years. Each day PSC provides hot meals and transportion to over 300 members. Each week, 80+ programs that are educational, healthy and fun, including art classes, computer instruction, support groups, Tai Chi and yoga are offered at PSC's three branches. Additionally, PSC provides social services and counseling for seniors needing housing, help with payment of their utility bills, or navigating the legal or health care systems.

PSC community outreach touches the lives of seniors and their families beyond the walls of the senior center. Over 2,000 seniors receive home-based assistance to access public health benefits, emergency repairs, food, housekeeping, and financial management services.

PSC touches the lives of 5,000+ older adults each year, including those most in need, as well as those looking to learn, grow and make a contribution to their communities. Services focus on adults, age 55 and older, and include special focus on those with high needs, including women, minorities, those who live alone, and elderly with incomes near or below the poverty level. For more information, call (215) 546-5879 or visit http://www.philaseniorcenter.org.

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