Cadets escort seniors at Valentine's dance

Valentine dancers

Norwich sophomore Glenn Shea of Charlie Company dances with a resident of the Mayo Assisted Living Facility in Northfield during the annual Valentine's Day Ball.

On Wednesday, February 15, a group of Norwich Cadets paid a visit to the Mayo Assisted Living facility in Northfield, to bring some Valentine cheer to the senior citizen residents. Approximately 35 Norwich cadets and 30 Mayo residents enjoyed an evening of dancing, dining, and socializing at the annual event.

The evening began with a contingency of Cadet Drill Team members performing an arc of swords for the seniors and their student escorts. The Cadets served the residents a buffet dinner of meatball and shrimp entrees, followed by dancing and socializing, with live music provided by members of the band, "Stretch and the Limits."

Eighty-nine year old Pearl Nadon, a long-time Northfield resident and supporter of the University, was seen enjoying herself at the dance.

"I used to always go to Norwich's home football games," Nadon said. "They were a lot of fun."

Nadon said that she has been a resident at the Mayo Home for the past year and a half.

"I love it when the Cadets come here for the dance," she said. "The escort that I had last year continues to write to me. It really is a very nice time for all of us."

"I'm really excited that this year's Valentine's Ball was as successful, if not moreso, than in years past," said Nicole DiDomenico, Director of the Office of Volunteer Programs at Norwich. "I think this can be attributed to the on-going leadership and coordination efforts of (N.U. senior) Captain Melissa Clark. Over the last two years, she's really gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure both our Cadets and the residents have a great time."

DiDomenico said that this was Norwich's fifth year of involvement with the Mayo Valentine's Ball in Northfield.