Carlmont Seniors to Share Prom with NDNU Students

Belmont, CA, March 18, 2009 — More than 30 senior citizens from the Belmont community will have the opportunity to relive their Senior Proms, courtesy of Isang Lahi, Notre Dame de Namur University’s Filipino Club, on Saturday, March 21. Residents of Carlmont Gardens Nursing Center and their families will dance the night away from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m..

The Isang Lahi club has themed the event “Timeless”, since prom in this case is a timeless event, and will decorate the nursing home, as well as provide music and activities throughout the night. Twenty club members will spend the afternoon decking the residence in purple, teal, and silver, as well as Christmas lights, a disco ball, and a balloon arch. Of course, no prom would be complete without the crowning of prom royalty, as well as photo opportunities. These photos will be given to the residents in a frame designed by one of the club members. Carlmont Gardens Nursing Center is providing hors d’oeuvres and drinks. In an effort to include everyone, members of Isang Lahi will also visit bedridden residents throughout the afternoon and evening as well.

Hosting a Senior Prom at Carlmont was originally the idea of President Neal Pascua, who participated in a similar event as a member of Key Club in high school. Vice President Arlene Magbual had an existing relationship with the nursing home as a volunteer. “The club decided it would be a great opportunity to be involved within our community while creating a relationship with the elderly,” said Magbual.

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving nearly 1500 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 26 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and graduate degrees in 17 areas of study. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, just south of San Francisco.