George Town seniors crowned king and queen at gala

200 attend Older Persons’ Month Seniors Bash

Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden joins revelers on the dance floor at this year’s Seniors’ Gala at the Westin.

Seniors hailing from all across the Cayman Islands got together recently for a rollicking night of fun and music.

George Town swept the board when two of the district’s seniors were crowned king and queen at the Older Persons’ Month Seniors’ Bash held on Saturday, Oct. 15.

According to a press release, about 200 attendees dressed up and boogied down at the dinner dance held at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. As well as soca and calypso by the New Generation band, the seniors also danced the night away to vintage ska, swing band music and country.

King and Queen of the Seniors’ Gala dance competition, Glennis Ramoon and Crosby Walton, are congratulated by Director of DCFS Felicia Robinson.
King and Queen of the Seniors’ Gala dance competition, Glennis Ramoon and Crosby Walton, are congratulated by Director of DCFS Felicia Robinson.

Crowned king at the end of the night, Crosby Walton, who is originally from Cayman Brac, also got a standing ovation for his rousing rendition of the Frank Sinatra standard “My Way.” The queen title was won by Glennis Ramoon. Each winner received a brunch voucher for two from the Westin.

Traditionally seen as one of the highlights of Older Persons’ Month calendar, the dinner dance was held in the hotel’s ballroom.

Organized by the Department of Children and Family Services, the welcome address was given by Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports Osbourne Bodden. He invited seniors to relax and enjoy themselves at the soirée in their honor, and acknowledged the $13,000 worth of sponsorship for Older Persons’ Month events from Cayman National Bank and Ernst & Young.

Singer Barbara Gee serenades an appreciative audience.
Singer Barbara Gee serenades an appreciative audience.

Gayle Connolly, 65, was one of eight Cayman Brac attendees. It was the West End resident’s first time at the bash. She liked the catering and particularly appreciated the singing by entertainer Barbara Gee whose repertoire included “Queen of the Silver Dollar.”

Sarah Ebanks, 80, was another of the many attendees who went away tired but happy.

“I enjoyed it very much as I saw a lot of friends I’d not seen in months,” said the resident of the Golden Age Home in West Bay.

Ms. Ebanks, a former North Side resident, especially liked dancing to the live calypso music.

“The crowd and the music were excellent,” she said. “That’s when you can put it on the floor.”

Older Persons’ Month Ambassadors James Powery and Janilee Clifford dance the night away at the Seniors’ Gala.
Older Persons’ Month Ambassadors James Powery and Janilee Clifford dance the night away at the Seniors’ Gala.

The atmosphere, good food and music reminded Ms. Ebanks of the town hall dances she and her friends frequented as young adults.

Trevor Watler from East End agreed that the event had been a great success. Bussed in on Department of Child and Family Services transport, the octogenarian thought the meal was “fabulous,” but didn’t dance due to hip and back problems. He said he would especially have liked to dance a waltz or two as they were particular favorites in his heyday.

On Oct. 1, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of Older Persons, though in Cayman, the entire month of October is designated as Older Persons’ Month. The theme of this year’s Older Persons’ Month is “Take a Stand Against Ageism.”

 

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