Bay Ridge

Shore Hill prom turns seniors into teenagers again

July 7, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember Vincent Gentile (right) congratulates Alfonso and Sylvia Valentin, the king and queen of the prom. Photo courtesy NYU Lutheran

Proms aren’t just for high school students anymore.

The Shore Hill Neighborhood Center, a Bay Ridge program for senior citizens sponsored by NYU Lutheran, hosted hundreds of seniors at its first-ever prom on June 30. The event took place at Shore Hill, the senior citizens apartment complex at 9000 Shore Road. The attendees, who were 60 years of age and older, dressed up in their best party attire and danced the afternoon away to the pulsating beat of Latin music as well as hits from the 1950s and 1960s.

The Shore Hill Community Room, where the prom took place, was decorated in black and silver for the occasion. There was also a music-themed cake.

Alfonso and Sylvia Valentin were named king and queen of the prom. The couple has been married for 36 years. They are active members of the Sunset Park Neighborhood Center, a senior citizen program that is also sponsored by NYU Lutheran. Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) came to the prom and officially crowned the king and queen.

The senior centers are run by NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers.

Two other seniors were awarded certificates by Comptroller Scott Stringer for their volunteer services as older Americans. The awardees were Kathleen Ryan, 80, a resident of Shore Hill for 14 years, and Valentina Papouk, 78, who has lived at Shore Hill for 11 years. Ryan also received a certificate of appreciation from LiveOn NY for taking part in a meeting at City Hall in May to advocate for programs for older adults.

The prom ended with a raffle. Nine lucky seniors won free tickets to join state Sen. Marty Golden on an annual boat ride he sponsors for seniors. 

NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers’ Services for Older Adults offers an array of services at the Shore Hill and Sunset Park Neighborhood Centers in Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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