Southwest seniors were warmly received at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center on Feb. 12 for the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative (E/BFSC) Annual Cupid Ball. More than 49 seniors enjoyed a catered meal, dancing, and a live performance from the Amidon-Bowen Student Choir. The success of the event was possible due to the collaboration between the E/BFSC and King-Greenleaf Recreation Center staff – more specifically, Paul Taylor, the recreation center manager, and Tiletia Harris-Walker, a recreation specialist and lead of senior programming.

Paul Taylor stated, “We are delighted that the Cupid Ball is held at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center. We look forward to it every year”.

In recognition of the vast support that seniors provide in the community, Louvenia Williams, executive director for the E/BFSC, welcomed the seniors to the dinner dance. “It is important that we acknowledge the value and commitment that seniors in this community bring to the wonderful tapestry that represents the Southwest Waterfront.”

The E/BFSC believes that seniors deserve to be honored as they serve as a positive example to younger people on a daily basis. It is for this reason that the E/BFSC is grateful for their support of the organization and this community.

The Amidon-Bowen Student Choir, under the leadership of Ms. Para Perry, serenaded the seniors as they arrived at the Ball. At the start of the event, the seniors delighted in hearing their favorites, including “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree and “Dancing in the Street,” a 1964 classic first recorded by Martha and the Vandellas.

The sit-down dinner was served by E/BFSC staff and students from Jefferson Middle School and Georgetown Preparatory School. The seniors hailed from the Greenleaf Senior Living Building, Greenleaf Gardens, James Creek, River Park Mutual, Syphax, Tel Court, and Carroll Apartments. Many of the seniors made sure that we knew that they are putting the Cupid Ball on their social calendars for next year.

By: Jane English and Kristine DuPree

Photos courtesy of Ed Randolph.


Photo caption: The Amidon-Bowen Student Choir with music teacher Ms. Para Perry (center).


Photo caption: (L to R) E/BFSC and King-Greenleaf Recreation Center Partnership, LaShone Bell, Tiletia Harris-Walker, Paul Taylor, E/BFSC Executive Director Louvenia Williams, and Jane English.


Photo caption: Seniors having dinner at the Cupid Ball.


Photo caption: Tiletia Harris-Walker (back row center) with the sassy seniors.


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