The 23rd-annual Senior Variety Show “Feelin’ Groovy!” proudly showcased 108 Story County performers (ages ranging from 60-94) at the Ames City Auditorium in late August. This year’s show celebrated the unforgettable 1960’s and included both the joy and tears of that bittersweet era. Emotions fluctuated from the light-heartedness of Laugh-in, the Beatles, Beverly Hillbillies, American Bandstand; to the spellbinding memories of “Abraham, Martin, and John” sung by Bob Stumbo; and a Day in Vietnam, written by local veteran Jim Meek and performed by five soldiers from the Story County Vietnam Veterans Chapter #1102.
With the help of 90 additional volunteers, ticket outlets, show sponsors, in-kind donations, and responsive audiences, the event netted over $13,000 to benefit the Story County Vietnam Veterans, Chapter #1102; and Heartland Senior Services of Story County (Meals on Wheels Program).
Following the Sunday show, many of the Senior Variety Show cast and crew gathered at City Church’s auditorium to congratulate each other and enjoy a light buffet, hosted by Altrusa International of Ames, and through financial support from Ames Ford Lincoln.
The performers and committees want to thank the Story County community for its overwhelming support of senior talent and senior projects. A special thanks goes to the major sponsors: Ames Ford Lincoln, Bethany Life, Community Friends of Burt Drexler, Green Hills Retirement Community, Northcrest Community, Osher Lifetime Learning Institute, and to the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for its community grant.
The Senior Variety Show has now raised approximately $200,000 for senior projects through the years, while visibly promoting an active, purposeful lifestyle for all ages.