Seniors catch the holiday spirit: Oldsters ring in the season with party at Brighton Beach JASA center

Giving spirit: Polina Safran, Jolanta Tomaszewski, and Brighton Neighborhood Association President Pat Singer helped bring gifts to local seniors at the JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center during their annual holiday party on Dec. 5.
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They jingle-bell rocked!

Effervescent elders got their groove on at the annual holiday party that leaders of a Brighton Beach civic group hosted at a neighborhood senior center, which featured plenty of food, gifts, and most importantly, dancing, according to organizers.

“Even the kitchen staff came out to dance in their aprons,” said Brighton Neighborhood Association leader Pat Singer.

Attendees of the Dec. 5 bash at Corbin Place’s JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center defied their age by dancing the afternoon away to tunes both old and new, including songs by AC/DC and Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” according to Singer, who said she busted a move to a jam by crooner Bruno Mars.

The hosts also staged a pre-party present collection, and surprised the bash’s guests in their golden years with all sorts of gifts — one of which Singer called particularly popular.

“One of the most popular gifts was a Russian doll with a bottle of vodka inside,” she said.

A local leader who stopped by the event said he couldn’t resist stepping out on the dance floor.

“It was a lot of fun,” said 45th Assembly District Leader Ari Kagan. “People from different religions and nationalities came together in a warm atmosphere.”

Roughly 80 locals showed up for the party despite the day’s cold weather, according to Singer, who said those who braved the chill brought festive spirits that she said are a big part of why she stages the bash year after year.

“This party was to warm people up and to bring people together and make them feel that they’re not alone,” Singer said. “What we’re looking for is to make them happy.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Posted 9:30 am, December 13, 2018
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