What do you get when you mix 50 Catholic University students with the same number of Residents, jazzy tunes, food and refreshments, and tuck the mix in the Jeanne Jugan Residence auditorium all decorated for fall? A successful recipe for “A Great Time Had by All!”
CUA students joined Residents for our “Fall Ball” Oct. 17, where everyone spent time visiting, enjoying refreshments and dancing the night away to tunes performed by local artists, the Roosevelt Smith Trio. Their performance sets included everything from big band and swing to favorites from the 1950s and 1960s, which allowed dancers to show off their rock-n-roll, box step, jitterbug and swing moves. Roosevelt, a seasoned entertainer, pianist, and songwriter was joined by Orville Saunders on guitar and Henry Manning on vibraphone.
The students shared their love of music too, as Redline — a CUA A Cappella group of 15 young people all wearing red sneakers — showed their talent by performing songs for our delighted and hand-clapping Residents.
“I stopped by tonight to support the students,” said William Cardinal Baum, the longest serving cardinal in American History. “Catholic University is an excellent school and the Drama Department and Music School are truly first-class.”
This is the second time in just a few weeks that university students have volunteered for a special event at our home, the last being our Labor Day barbecue.
In fact, the CUA students have a long history of volunteering at our home and for several years have helped the Little Sisters serve dinner, assisted with our theme parties and even participated in slumber parties complete with facemasks and pajamas. “Students at CUA are super and are a vital part of our volunteer program — we really depend on them,” said Sister Camille Rose.
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