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These 'seniors' will finally get their prom

COVINGTON -- Newton County Senior Services is offering the chance for seniors to feel young again.

The agency is hosting a "Senior Prom," a fundraiser to benefit the Senior Center, located at the Turner Lake Complex in Covington.

A lot of the seniors who are members at the center never attended a prom, said Executive Director Josephine Brown. Initially, staff had planned to have a dinner theater fundraiser but due to several circumstances, that fell through, and when they heard seniors talking about their missed chances to attend that adolescent rite of passage, they decided to host a prom instead.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Senior Center, located at 6183 Turner Lake Road, and the theme is "An Enchanted Evening." A live band will provide entertainment.

Tickets are $25 per couple or $15 for individuals and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center or by calling 770-787-0038.

Brown said the decision to host a fundraiser was made after Senior Services lost part of its funding from United Way. Senior Services typically receives a $60,000 grant from the organization but this year received $37,500. The Board of Commissioners allocated an additional $20,000 to Senior Services for fiscal year 2013 to help offset the loss. Organizers are hoping to raise around $1,100 from the prom.