Senior Citizen fashionistas at the Willoughby Senior Center are ready to take the center stage at “The Real Housewives of Fort Greene” fashion show next week. But creative designs, original accessories, and perfected catwalk struts won’t be the only cause for celebration.
The Willoughby Senior Center, along with 105 other senior centers across the city, was slated to close this past March. Budget cuts threatened to cut services for the close to 8,000 seniors who rely on these centers for healthy meals, recreational activities, social support services, and company.
Now that funding has been restored for the centers, seniors are elated and thankful about not losing what, for most of them, is a second home.
Patricia Grant, 65, has been a member of the Willoughby Senior Center for over three years. One of her favorite activities is the costume making class and the annual “Wacky Tacky Fashion Show” that allows her to showcase her designs.
Earlier this week, as she finalized details on her costume in preparation for the show (which will be held on the afternoon of April 20), she gave us a sneak peek of her one-of-a-kind design, and reflected about what the center means for the community.