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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As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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