While some of you spent last Saturday evening all bundled up at home – there were a lot of us that attended the Blue Jeans Ball, presented by Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort benefiting Shawnee Senior Center. And we had a blast!

While some of you spent last Saturday evening all bundled up at home – there were a lot of us that attended the Blue Jeans Ball, presented by Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort benefiting Shawnee Senior Center. And we had a blast!

We danced the night away to some good ol’ (and new) country and little bit of rock and roll music performed by the amazing Blackwater Smoke Band. There was two-step, waltzes, line dancing and more! We rode the mechanical bull (and fell off) and watched others do the same. There was lots of laughter, eating of some magnificent barbecue, bidding and probably some betting … on how long someone would stay on that bull.

The silent auction items were plentiful and showed craftsmanship and creativity that is completely undeniable! We had a plethora of generous donations with something for everyone. Silk, pencil drawing and textile art from Christine Bly, Douglas Gordon, Bridget Ann, Mary Ann Odneal, Maria Evans and Bobbie Doss. Wood sculpture by Chief Jerry Haney, decorated carvings by Jim Cross. Specialty donations from Visit Shawnee and Benson Park Pecans, Savvy Bites, Sweet Southern Swank, Scott Barbie, Mabee Gerrer Museum, Mayme’s Miss & Mrs., Loretta Groves, and S&S Feed, a selection of beers from Bit-Man Brewing and Devil’s Backbone, wines from Mill’s Estate homemade wine, Spirit Liquor Store and Broadway Liquor, services from Sparks Heating and Air, Automax, Discount Tire and O’Reilly’s, meal certificates from Bricktown Brewery, Denny’s, Freddy’s Custard, Red Lobster, Rib Crib, Visa gift cards from Vision Bank, gift certificates from Hampton Inn. There were antiques & collectibles, even a bounce house from Incredible Inflatables, bowling games from Firelake Bowl, medical marijuana starter kits from M’s Dispensary, and beautifully framed Elvis & Marilyn B&W laser prints from Boomerang Diner. Home items from Neal’s Furniture and Marquis Furniture. We had so many specialty items to pamper yourself or give as gifts – and several people were bidding for Valentine’s Day!

We launched raffle ticket sales for a King-size quilt donated to Shawnee Senior Center by Spinning Spools Quilt Guild with freestyle quilting by textile artisan, Ann Cosgrove. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and will remain on sale at Shawnee Senior Center (401 N. Bell St.) or you can buy tickets online. It’s the little things that excite me!

We are extremely grateful to our Partner Sponsors Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort, Avedis Foundation and Citizen Potawatomi Nation as well as our table sponsors: Boomerang Diners, Gateway to Prevention & Recovery, Harrison Discount Pharmacy, M’s Dispensary, Mrz. Lizzie’s Home Rentals, Primrose Retirement Center, Route 66 Creative, Shawnee Mills, and The Regency, Skilled Nursing and Therapy.

Funds from this event will allow Shawnee Senior Center to further our programs and services for adults 50 years of age and “better”! Our Senior Meals Program provides breakfast for free and lunch for a donation of $2. Shawnee Senior Center is the only Oklahoma Senior Center offering fitness classes at no charge because of grants we receive from Central Oklahoma Economic Development District Area Agency on Aging (COEDD-AAA) and the Avedis Foundation. This funding allows us to offer classes in Asher and Prague as well as Shawnee.

Mike Askins and I will be chatting on KGFF, Wednesday morning at 8:35. And as Bobbi says…See you at the center!