NORWICH – Prom season is here, and many hearts are beating just a little faster in anticipation of that special night, but this year, the senior citizens will be giving teens a run for their money.
Maria Stamatatos, the owner of Gus’ Steakhouse in Norwich, said she knew she wanted to see more done for senior citizens, so she decided to take the initiative. “I knew I wanted to do something, and this came to me because of the timing,” said Stamatatos. Gus’ will be closing down on Sunday to hold its first Senior Citizens’ Prom.
“It means a lot for me to let the seniors have a wonderful evening,” Stamatatos said. When she began planning, she was hoping to have 30 to 40 seniors attend the event. She held a Chinese Auction and 15 regular customers made baskets to donate to the event, but as the word spread, more and more seniors called to ask what they needed to do to attend. Approximately 80 seniors are now expected to attend the event.