By Alejandra Herrera
It was a holly jolly good time for senior residents as Cicero hosted the annual Senior Christmas Dinner/Dance. Moving the annual holiday celebration from Wednesday to Friday (Dec. 13 this year) did nothing to diminish the full house that traditionally packs Cicero’s Community Center as revelers donned their holiday best to start the second-to-last weekend before Christmas.
Rosie and the Rivets delighted guests with many Christmas hits, especially those made popular by artists such as Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.
“Our seniors have served our town for many years. Now it is our turn to give back a little bit, especially around this time of the year,” said Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias. “Town President Larry Dominick always recognizes the hard work and contribution our seniors have made to Cicero.”
Residents gave Dominick a warm welcome when he arrived, with several getting up to thank the town president.
“Christmas is that time to get together and enjoy life more than ever. I am just happy to be here. You can see a nice crowd. The seniors deserve everything they get,” Dominick said.
Guests enjoyed a warm meal provided by the town’s Board of Trustees and the Senior Center, listened to and danced along to Rosie and the Rivets, and enjoyed the afternoon raffle that ended the day.
“Cicero has the most senior activities,” said Town Trustee John Cava. “President Larry Dominick and the Board of Trustees have events year-round.”
Joining the Town Board was U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, who was on hand to recognize Illinois’ 3rd District’s Senior of the Year. Director of Senior Services Diana Dominick received the award for the Josefina Kraut, who couldn’t make it to the party.