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Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts the 2017 Forever Young Senior Ball

Post Date:10/16/2017 12:00 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2017

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Hosts the 2017 Forever Young Senior Ball

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed hosted 5,500 Atlanta senior residents at the 2017 Forever Young Senior Citizens Ball Saturday evening at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. The annual ball salutes seniors for their commitment, service and leadership to the Atlanta community, and encourages them to stay active and healthy through community programs and outreach initiatives.

“The 2017 Forever Young Ball hit a record attendance, with every ballroom in the Atlanta Marriot Marquis at capacity. I am thankful to my mother, Mrs. Sylvia Reed, and our generous sponsors who made this year’s ball such a success,” said Mayor Reed. “It has been such a privilege for me to host this incredible event for the past eight years, honoring our senior residents and their contributions to Atlanta.  When I was elected Mayor in 2010, I made a promise to restore the ball, and since that time my Office of Constituent Services has enhanced this signature event to be representative of the appreciation we have for our seniors who have done so much to enrich and strengthen our city.”

At this year’s gala, Mayor Reed presented his mother, Sylvia Reed, with a Phoenix Award, the highest honor a resident can receive in the City of Atlanta, for her dedication and service to the Forever Young Ball during his Administration. The 2017 Forever Young Senior Ball was planned by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and Mrs. Sylvia Reed. 

Emcees for the evening included Ryan Cameron of V-103, Frank Ski of V-103, Aungelique Proctor of FOX 5, Vince Sims of CBS46, Actress Terri Vaughn, and inspirational speaker Jay White.

Reflecting the spirit of Atlanta, more than two dozen business and community leaders contributed private funds for the ball. This year’s event presenting, signature and event sponsors included Kaiser Permanente, AARP of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Hudson Group and JenCare Senior Medical Centers.

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. 

During Mayor Reed’s administration, the City of Atlanta has been committed to developing initiatives and working with partners to offer resources to Atlanta seniors that will ensure an enhanced quality of life, as well as promote healthy aging, independent living and social and civic engagement. Programming that the City of Atlanta conduct annually include:

  • A Senior Fair every May during Older Atlantans Month where hundreds of senior residents receive free comprehensive eye exams and glasses, mammograms and other health and wellness services;
  • In the summer months, the Mayor’s Office Constituent Services and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department partner with SCANA Energy to provide Atlanta’s seniors with fans to help them stay cool;
  • The Department of Parks and Recreation offers year-round recreational programming for local seniors;
  • During the holiday season, the Mayor’s Office Constituent Services and its community partners distribute turkeys and food to Atlanta seniors and to grandparents who are raising grandchildren; and
  • Throughout the year, the Mayor’s Office Constituent Services facilitates special outings and field trips for seniors to visit local urban farms and receive access to fresh produce.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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