All eyes were on Mildred Basista.
Wearing a long red dress, Ms. Basista was eager to greet her king after being crowned queen of the prom.
A nurse slowly pushed Ms. Basista's chair into the center of the room so she could share a moment with the man of the hour: Patsy Pirillo.
Although he was sitting in a wheelchair, Mr. Pirillo wrapped an arm around the prom queen while Ms. Basista's smile lit up the room.
The two had not met until that moment, but they lightly tapped their feet to the beat of the music by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Bobby Vinton.
Mr. Pirillo and Ms. Basista were enjoying feeling like royalty. Although happy to be randomly selected for the honor, Mr. Basista later said the music made him miss his wife, who died six years ago.
After a few minutes, the couple's time in the spotlight concluded and the senior citizen prom resumed. Joining Mr. Pirillo and Ms. Basista on Friday were about 75 residents of Presbyterian SeniorCare Washington for an afternoon of music, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and elegant clothing.
Kenya Gayman, a nurse at the center, spearheaded the planning of the senior citizen prom. She said staff members worked tirelessly to make the residents feel special for their big day, collecting dresses, suits, purses, shoes and jewelry from thrift shops and their own closets.
"The music takes some of the residents back in time," said Rena Tatka, director of recreation. "Some people who are responding usually do not. It's really great ... to see."
While most of the senior citizens used wheelchairs and could not dance as they once did, one woman rose from her seat to join nurses for the Village People's "Y.M.C.A."
After sitting back down next to her husband of 60 years, Erma Raggi wiped tears from her eyes.
Ms. Raggi, 85, of Washington, said she was crying because the day was so beautiful. She gestured at the bouquets of flowers in front of her and the old photos of residents lining the walls.
Ms. Raggi and her husband, Eugene, met at a dance in a neighboring town. After proclaiming themselves members of the "jitterbug" era, Ms. Raggi smiled while recalling how different dancing was back then.
"The prom today just brought back so many memories for me, and I can't help myself from crying as we reminisce," Ms. Raggi said. "It's so beautiful to watch."
Jessica Tully: email@example.com or 412-263-1601.