Capitol Broadcasting has once again sponsored our favorite December event for seniors. The 57th Annual Golden Years Celebration took place at the Raleigh Convention Center on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.
From the days of Fred Fletcher and Uncle Paul Montgomery squeaking out “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” to the modern twist of anchor interviews with crowd members during the show, the event delighted members of Raleigh’s Golden Years Clubs.
WRAL-TV Anchor Brian Shrader joined WRAL-TV Anchors Jackie Hyland and Debra Morgan at the Golden Years Celebration for the first time, helping with prize drawings and emceeing the program. WRAL-TV Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel put down his tuba and picked up a mike for his own special rendition of “White Christmas,” written after he missed a snow forecast several years ago.
Seniors enjoyed a hot breakfast while a variety of entertainers took the stage. Shawn “Coco” McMillan offered up the invocation and a few tunes, and Tina Seldin Cash led the crowd in some Christmas carol sing-a-longs. Carolina Ballroom of Cary dancers performed and then invited seniors to join them on the dance floor as the Casablanca Orchestra played.
The Oakwood Waits also made their annual appearance, welcoming seniors with carols as they arrived and before the official program.
There are 49 Golden Years Clubs with over 1,500 members in the Raleigh Parks , Recreation and Cultural Resources program. Capitol Broadcasting has sponsored the annual Golden Years Holiday Celebration since its inception.
The program began with a video montage of celebrations past. The 2014 event was live-streamed on WRAL.com, and a special created from the day’s fun will be broadcast on WRAL-TV on Christmas Day at 7:00pm.
Happy Holidays from CBC!