The Fab 50’s Celebration on Thursday night at Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center includes a sock hop.
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BRUNSWICK — It was a revival of the Fabulous 50s on Thursday night at Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center.
Pearlview residents enjoyed the company of elected officials and some out-of-town guests at the themed party that drew about 200 people.
“I was like wow. Where did these people come from,” said 81-year-old resident, Shirley Teates.
The Cleveland native and South High School graduate said she used to go to dances every Friday and Saturday with a friend of hers and won several awards.
“I jitterbugged, did the waltz, polka, and was very good at the hoochie coochie dance,” she said.
Her friend, resident Naomi Salyers, 86, said she used to dance like that and loved the clothing of that era.
“It brings me back,” Salyers said. “I loved those things. It was so beautiful.”
The party was hosted by Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center to celebrate its 50 years in the community.
“Pearlview put on this event as a thank-you to the community for support and continued service,” Administrator Kimberly Corrigan said.
Pearlview Rehab and Wellness Center is a family-owned business under the name Progressive Quality Care. It is a 68-bed skilled nursing facility that also has a short-term rehabilitation center.
Corrigan said the rehab and wellness center accounts for 87 percent of business. She said when the 50th anniversary of the facility was coming up, “We were brainstorming on what makes us special, the generation and the personality of the people in our care.”
She said they did extensive interviews with the residents and the theme was well accepted. The Fab 50s Celebration 5-8 p.m. Thursday featured a disc jockey spinning tunes from the 1950s, karaoke, a soda fountain with old-fashioned phosphates, burgers and hot dogs, door prizes and a festive photo booth.
Mayor Ron Falconi stopped by to deliver a proclamation celebrating Pearlview.
The event also drew legislators who had their own proclamation for the celebration:. state Rep. Thomas Patton, R-Strongsville; Secretary of State Jon Husted; and a representative for Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Montville Township.
State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, also was on hand to support the event in the city he grew up in.
“I remember when Pearlview was being built,” he said. “But it’s not about the structure, it’s about the people inside. This is a place where people speak well of.”
The highlight of the evening was a sock hop that brought the young and the young at heart together on the dance floor.
Bob Faux, 80, of Brook Park, attended at the request of his daughter, Cindy Lechner, of Wooster, who saw a flyer for the event.
“She said, ‘Dad we need to go to this to see if you are well enough for Sugarcreek,’ ” he said.
Faux said he along with his wife and daughter attend various car shows that have dance competitions, including one in Sugarcreek. He said he just had major surgery in January and his daughter wanted to make sure he was OK to cut a rug.
“I figured if I were to fall or anything, I’d be in the perfect place to recover,” he said.
Contact reporter Cindy Breda at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.