Buena Vista residents will go down memory lane with the first ever “senior prom” held at the Buena Vista Senior Community.
The Mardi Gras masquerade ball-themed prom is Thursday night in the Buena Vista dining room. Assistant Manager Jennifer Wieclaw has been planning the event for more than a month and said she is excited to be doing something for the residents.
“The residents, they’re just so sweet and so awesome,” Wieclaw said. “We’re gonna do something for them, gosh darnit.”
Wieclaw began working at Buena Vista in August and said she had some reservations about taking the job.
“Every senior community that I’ve ever been in, you walk in and its just that heavy feeling of sadness and when you walk in here it’s not,” she said. “They’re happy, they’re characters and we let them express themselves. I have people come in here constantly with ideas. They have a lot of experiences and love having fun.”
Before working at Buena Vista, Wieclaw worked in marketing for a short time and before then in law enforcement. But she said this is the job that fits her perfectly.
“I was iffy about it at first but I never thought in a million years I would do this but I can’t think of anything else I would want to do now, I love it,” she said.
With the support of her supervisors and staff, Wieclaw said she is lucky they have allowed her to do this for the residents. This is the first time Buena Vista has held a formal gathering such as the senior prom.
“Everyone is very excited, we’ve never done a formal before,” Wieclaw said. “It’s cute, the ladies go out to their shops and get their dresses and come to me and say, ‘Look what I got.’