By Alexandra Light
On Thursday, March 15, City Parks Foundation hosted the annual Senior Fitness Banquet: an event held to celebrate the free programming for those over 60 and raise money to fund it. At 6PM, City Parks Foundation board me
mbers, employees, and supporters shuffled in to B.B. Kings Restaurant & Blues Club in Times Square in lieu of a great night ahead.
After guests had drinks in hand
and hors d’oeuvres were served, City Parks Foundation President, Alison Tocci shared a few words of welcome and gratitude. Subsequently, Vice President of the Board of Directors, David Pinter spoke on behalf of the CityParks Senior Fitness program. Pinter graciously thanked the guests for their generosity and support in providing tennis, yoga and walking classes to seniors in the NYC area.
Then it was time for some entertainment; first up: the NETSational Senior Dancers. Decked out in b-ball attire, Edie, 25 Cent, Lil Joan, Big Rog, Jeannie, Joe B, and Mike took over the dance floor with an inexplicably awesome routine. If you try to imagine a group of 60+ dancers grooving to a mash-up of Bruce Channel’s “Hey Baby” and LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” you probably are not doing it justice.
After the dancers cleared the stage, David Pinter said a few more words and then invited Woody Mann and Lester Holt up to the stage to perform for the next hour or so. As the trio jammed out, guests enjoyed a buffet and sized up the silent auction. With one of a kind artifacts like a helmet signed by the entire Giants team, autographed Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, and Johnny Depp posters, a SummerStage membership, or a Florida getaway, the table was hard to resist.
The night was short and sweet, providing the perfect thank you to City Parks Foundation supporters. The slideshow of happy, active seniors showed the guests just how meaningful their contributions are, and recruited others to participate in the program. CityParks Senior Fitness provides free programming to 750 senior citizens annually throughout the five boroughs in tennis, yoga, and fitness walks.