Local Senior Citizens, SJU Students to Celebrate Thanksgiving Together

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What: For the 36th consecutive year, Saint Joseph’s University students will host neighbors from area senior centers for a festive seasonal celebration during the annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance.

When: Thursday, Nov. 15 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Campion Student Center, Doyle Banquet Hall Saint Joseph’s University Off City and Cardinal Avenues

Details: Two hundred guests from local senior community centers and 175 Saint Joseph’s students will come together for a Thanksgiving celebration that has become a holiday tradition. The annual event, organized by the student group, Senior Socializers, features live music by the Tim Laushey Orchestra and SJU a capella favorites 54th and City and the City Belles, as well as traditional Thanksgiving fare. SJU students participate as dance partners and servers.

“This event is a great way for students to give back to the community that surrounds Saint Joseph’s,” says junior Julie Polanski, the president of Senior Socializers. “It’s also a lot of fun. Each year, both the student volunteers and our senior citizen guests look forward to the dinner, live music and dancing.”

Members of the community aged 55+ will come from more than 15 area senior centers, including Philadelphia Senior Center Tioga, West Philadelphia Senior Center, Salvation Army West, The Pavilion, The Lehigh Center, Havertown Senior Center, Latches Lane Condominiums, Washington Square West, Wynnefield Residents Association and Germantown Nursing Home. The SJU community and local businesses provide financial and gift donations to support the event.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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