Sunday, September 23, 2012

SWAC area notables turn out to celebrate milestone for city

Staunton City Councilwoman Andrea Oakes, Councilman Bruce Elder, and former Augusta GOP Chairman Kurt Michael at Saturday's 40th anniversary Sentimental Journey dance in Gypsy Hill Park. 

The benefit for the Staunton Senior Center was sold out and packed with familiar faces including Mayor Lacey King, Councilman Ophie Kier, Augusta Supervisor David Karaffa, Supervisor Larry Wills, former Supervisor Nancy Sorrells, and many others.

WHSV TV-3 news anchor Bob Corso, who acted as MC, wrapped an arm around former Staunton Councilwoman Rita Wilson's shoulder as they talked at the edge of the dance floor.

City Mayor Lacey King read a proclamation thanking Rita Wilson for her years of tireless work on behalf of Staunton, and the overflow, sold-out crowd gave her a standing ovation of gratitude. The News Leader's Laura Peters wrote "One last goodbye" in Sunday's paper.

Table decor

I spotted Staunton News Leader reporter Calvin Trice in the crowd snapping photos.

What a great evening with music from Sentimental Journey from Charlottesville, and fellowship with friends. Happy birthday, Staunton Senior Center, and best wishes to Rita as she begins a new chapter of her life in Richmond.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 22, 2012

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