The Portage County Association of Realtors and Affiliates once again hosted the annual Vintage Venture Senior Citizens Prom, where Gilbert Myske, 98, and Mildred Ebie, 101, were crowned king and queen. This event was held at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent on May 12.
Brinkerhoff Realty of Kent, where Donna Byttner worked, started this senior citizens' prom in 1980. It was a goodwill gesture during a struggling, high-interest rate economy.
After four years, it seemed too difficult to continue the prom, but Byttner wouldn't let it go. Due to her determination, the group is still carrying on this award-winning event each Mother's Day.
The high school hosts the prom for their seniors the night before and leaves the decorations with all the trimmings.
This year's theme was "Star-Studded Night," a tribute to old Hollywood. More than 300 guests and workers were in attendance.
Provided for the senior citizens were photos, corsages, a catered dinner from Guido's of Ravenna and the Garrettones swing dance band.
The band performed a medley for the service forces of the U.S. military. Veterans stood up when his/her service branch theme was played.
Dozens of door prizes donated by local businesses were distributed to the guests. A 50/50 winner took home about $320. Other volunteers included Boy Scout Troop No. 253, bus service provided by the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, Kent Paramedics and friends and family of the real estate board.