The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach held 200 people Sept. 12 for a night under the stars.
Merlin Nuti and Chuck Nichlos were unlikely prom dates.
Nuti grew up in England and had never had a chance to attend a prom a before. Nichlos on the other hand, was invited to quite a few.
“I used to go to quite a few of them,” Nichlos said. “I bought a tux for like thirty dollars because the gals would invite me to other high schools.”
Still, they looked like a couple of high school kids spinning each other around on the dance floor at the Council on Aging’s Senior Prom Dinner Dance.
The theme for the council’s first-ever attempt at this kind of event was “A Night Under the Stars.”
“We would have been ecstatic if we had 100 people come for our first year of this event,” Marketing Director Cathy Coates said. “We had 200 tickets and we had to close it down. Our intent is to make this an annual event. A few people said they never got to go to their prom so they were excited to get dressed up and come dance.”
“It brings back a lot of nice memories,” Gale Henderson said. “That’s why I wanted to wear a prom-style dress.”
“I know, I feel like I should have got a tux,” Henderson’s date Michael Romagno said. “I didn’t even get her a corsage, I’m not a good date I guess.”
The event was held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach as a fundraising event for the council. Community Liaison for the Council on Aging John Clayton said everyone was dressed to the nines.
“It’s like a real ballroom dance in there,” Clayton said. “Ladies in the big gowns, men in tuxes, everybody is looking good.”