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Parish officials pleased with last week’s turnout for the Ascension Parish Senior Soc Hop held at Lamar-Dixon, said attendance figures were the second highest recorded as the overall trend continues to grow.
“We are extremely excited about the success of this event and what it means to our senior citizens,” Parish President Tommy Martinez said. “Because it is drawing such large numbers of people, it was a win, win situation to move it here to Lamar-Dixon from the St. Amant Recreation Center.”
While the first Senior Soc Hop held in December of 2008 drew about 60 seniors, Parish Recreation Director Garney Gautreau said the July 29th event held in the Lamar-Dixon Gymnasium drew more than 460 attendees. Gautreau said this event was the second largest crowd following this past December’s Christmas Dance record of 600 seniors.
“People are truly having a great time at these Soc Hops,” Gautreau said. “They come for the great food, excellent musicianship for dancing, and just having a good time socializing with friends, old and new. But this event would not be possible without the volunteers including the musicians that come out every time and play their hearts out for these people,” he said.
Gautreau said the Soc Hop draws seniors from as far away as St. Francisville to Jefferson Parish.
“We not only have Ascension seniors, we have St. James, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Jefferson Parish seniors as well,” Gautreau said. “We always tell them, ‘Come with an empty tank of gas and buy your groceries before you leave the parish,’” he said with a smile.
Gautreau said individuals and businesses have been sponsoring the food which is prepared just outside the gym. Twenty-third Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin sponsored the July soc hop, Gautreau said.
The Ascension Parish Senior Soc Hop is held the last Friday of every month, except February and November, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Gymnasium. Food is served at 11:30 a.m. followed by band music and dancing from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. There is no cover charge but soft drinks and bottled water are $1.
Ascension Parish employees joined Parish President Tommy Martinez (fourth from the left) and Parish Councilman Benny Johnson (left) at the Senior Soc Hop held at Lamar-Dixon. The employees are from left to right Beth Bertrand, Nolan Babin (background), Hubert “Q-Ball” James, Cheryl Kinchen, Mackie Gautreaux (background), Byron Mire, Richard Gautreaux and Kim Braud.
The employees served more than 460 senior citizens jambalaya and white beans before the seniors congregated to the dance floor. Shown from left to right are:
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