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September 5, 2017 > Round up a senior for the Rhinestone Rodeo

Round up a senior for the Rhinestone Rodeo

By Julie Huson

Stepping out with elegance on Friday, September 29 will be some very special guests, escorted by caring members of the local community, as the Tri-City Elder Coalition (TCEC) offers Seniors Night Out at the Doubletree Hilton hotel in Newark.

Organizer and event chairperson Linette Young says this eagerly anticipated event is the highlight for many older residents for whom a trip to the doctor might be the only other opportunity to get outside their homes. And the seniors who get to glam up and party the night away are not the only ones loving this annual festivity. Escorts, drivers, and sponsors create a magical evening that not only entertains folks for a night, but also raises funds to continue the work of TCEC locally.

Every dollar we collect goes to the event, Young emphasizes. Escorts themselves often pay for their own dinner and suppliers reduce their rates. This special evening is just one of many opportunities available to support and enrich lives for older adults.

Formed in 1991, the Tri-City Elder Coalition is an affiliation of over 60 organizations of senior service providers, cultural and faith groups, hospitals, long-term care facilities and businesses that offer services for seniors living in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. TCECs mission is to develop and support community-based partnerships through education, advocacy, and resource sharing to improve the well being of seniors residing in the Tri-City area.

Young points out that although the coalition has a visible presence in the community, Seniors Night Out is not funded by any city agency. Lots of work through the goodness of the community is what gives the older men and women a deservedly grand evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment, and prizes. Young says that volunteers return year after year because the night is so enjoyable and satisfying.

We often get right down to the wire with volunteers, Young says and reports that many who attend as an escort often ask to get on the list again. We always need drivers and those willing to take a senior out for the event. Escorts fluent in languages other than English are also needed. Reservations must be made by September 14 and this popular gala event sells out, with seniors nominated to attend by health care professionals who meet potential party goers in their daily work. Meals on Wheels personnel also suggests deserving folks with whom they get acquainted on their daily routes. Members of the community can still recommend seniors for this special evening event.

Rhinestone Rodeo is the 2017 theme, so eager elders are probably polishing up bling and un-bagging evening wear. This event requires more than fancy dress, however. Young says that the logistics for the night are challenging. Wheelchairs and walkers need to be accommodated in cars and vans, and enough escorts must be found to drive and host each deserving senior guest.

Its not too late to be a sponsor or to donate a raffle prize or gift certificate. Proceeds from the evening benefit Tri-City Elder CoalitionÕs Personal Urgent Need (PUN) fund. Businesses who contribute at the Double Diamond Ranch, Crystal Corral, Silver Spurs Hotel and other ritzy sponsorship levels will have ads in the eveningÕs program as well.

Volunteers are greatly needed and organizers testify that those who work the event are won over and become regular helpers for future Senior Night Out evenings. So dust off your dancing shoes and contact organizers who will gladly partner you with someone whose night out might very well be the most glorious, glamorous occasion of their entire year.

Tickets are $75 each or $700 for a table of 10. Contact Linette Young at (510) 818-9888 or to make your reservation by September 14. To learn more about the Tri-City Elder Coalition, visit

Seniors Night Out
Friday, Sep 29
5:00 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m.
Registration: 4:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton
39900 Balenetine Dr, Newark
(510) 818-9888
Tickets: $75, $700 for a table of 10
Reserve by Sep 14

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