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TRIAD’s 20th Annual Senior Prom Coming April 19


It’s time for seniors to get all dolled up and be a teen again. This year’s TRIAD Senior Prom is only a few weeks away.

It will take place on Thursday, April 19 from 5-9 p.m. at New Britain High School.

This year’s theme is a Carnival. There will be clowns and magicians. Last year the theme was casino and another year’s theme was red, white and blue.

“We choose a different theme each year to make it more fun,” said Officer Art Powers Jr. of TRIAD. “We give prizes for the best costume and we name a king and queen.”

There will also be a free raffle which could be anything from a blender to gift certificates. TRIAD members donate prizes.

A photo booth will also be on hand.

This year about 300 people or more are expected to be in attendance.

“Carol Zesut, retired, and she used to run it. We are building it back and doing well,” Powers added.

Whitson’s Catering serves the food. It starts with appetizers like cheese and crackers. A full meal is then served. This year it will be a pot roast meal. Desserts will also be available.

“It’s a full meal with salad and dessert,” said Powers. “We also have a live band.”

This year the band is “The Sharades”. There will also be a singer performing in the lobby as seniors line up by 4:30 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club, students from the New Britain High School Man-up Leadership Program run by Ed DeJesus and culinary students help out serving the food.

A Pancake Breakfast held in March benefits the costs of the prom and in the past the group has had donations from groups including the American Savings Foundation.

TRIAD is a national community policing initiative where law enforcement professionals, older adults and community groups partner to reduce criminal victimization of older persons and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to these individuals. TRIAD seeks to bring together law enforcement, older volunteers, and social, business and aging network professionals to address the safety needs and concerns of older adults in their community and reduce the fear of crime.

In Connecticut there are over 40 TRIAD communities. New Britain has about 40 members of TRIAD who meet once a month on Wednesday mornings to discuss upcoming events and fundraisers.

Each year the New Britain TRIAD also does a walk in the park. It was done last year at the Rose Garden, but is often done at Stanley Quarter Park. Students, TRIAD members and seniors walk the park. Then everyone plays games and has hot dogs and hamburgers.

In October, hundreds of people go to the Hospital for Special Care for the Annual New Britain TRIAD Health and Safety Expo. People get information from vendors, hear lectures, eat lunch and more.

Tickets for the Senior Prom are available at the New Britain Senior Center, 55 Pearl St., for $5 per person. Please register in advance so there is a head count for dinner.

Powers said all seniors should come on down.

“We have a good time,” added Powers.