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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/29/12
Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Host 2012 Forever Young Ball
Mayor Reed salutes Atlanta seniors with free annual event; more than 4,000 enjoyed a festive evening of dinner, entertainment and dancing
ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed hosted his third annual Forever Young Ball this evening, where he honored more than 4,000 seniors at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.
Mayor Reed saluted the thousands of seniors at the free celebration which included live entertainment, dancing and prize giveaways. Mayor Reed recognized the city’s elders for their commitment, service and leadership to the Atlanta community. The annual ball is designed to encourage seniors to stay active and healthy through community programs and outreach initiatives.
“The Forever Young Ball is a special occasion that our seniors look forward to every year, and it provides the City of Atlanta an opportunity to thank our most valuable and cherished citizens,” said Mayor Reed. “Our seniors are a critical component of Atlanta’s rich and diverse heritage, and tonight was a fitting tribute to their lifelong contributions to this city.”
At this year’s gala, the seniors enjoyed food, music, prizes and plenty of dancing throughout the evening. Media personalities Chris Tucker, Fonzworth Bentley, Frank Ski and Ryan Cameron emceed the ball. Lyrika Holes, internationally renowned harpist, jazz musician Kevin Spears and others provided the evening’s entertainment.
The 2012 Forever Young Ball was planned by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Mayor’s mother, Sylvia Reed. Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., was this year’s presenting sponsor.
“Concentra Primary Care is pleased to sponsor the Forever Young Ball, highlighting the important contributions of our senior citizens, the colorful fabric of history they bring to the community, and the roles they have played in the development of the city,” said Dr. Mayda Antun, M.D, Concentra Primary Care National Director. “We support them through the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle, a greater coordination of medical resources, and a connected community focused on lifelong well-being.”
Other sponsors included AT&T, Georgia Pacific, Nationwide, SCANA Energy, Waste Management, United Healthcare, Siebert Brandford Shank and Co., Schneider Electric, Columbia Residencies, Kaiser Permanente, Loop Capitol, Starbucks, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Mayor Bill Campbell began the long-standing tradition of the Senior Citizens Ball and believed it was critical to recognize and honor the individuals who helped Atlanta become the global city it is today.
For many years following Mayor Campbell’s inaugural Senior Citizens Ball, the celebration, supported in various forms by succeeding mayors, was one of the city’s most anticipated social events. However, due to budget constraints, the City of Atlanta did not host the ball in 2008 and 2009.
Mayor Reed, in response to requests from dozens of seniors, promised to restore the ball shortly after his inauguration in January 2010 and followed through on that promise with the 2010 Senior Citizens Ball. Reflecting the spirit of Atlanta, more than two dozen business and community leaders contributed private funds for the ball.
Last year’s ball held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta was emceed by media personalities Mark Hayes, Ryan Cameron, Tony McNary and Frank Ski.
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