The Love Conference is entertaining its 22nd Valentine’s Day, which is held for the Senior Adult Program as well as members of the community.
Coro Epoca Dorada singers at the 2015 Senior Adult Program's 20th annual Love Conference.COURTESY OF SENIOR ADULT PROGRAM
An astounding estimate of 400 participant attend, representing the growth and gratitude shown towards the event.
“The idea of having a Love Conference comes from representing friendship and appreciation,” said Mary Yanez, coordinator and director of the Love Conference and Senior Adult Program.
The event will take place on Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ASC Auditorium and Board Room, at 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Each year the community gathers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Entertainment such as; celebrity impersonators, guest speakers, and information exhibits from the program’s many sponsors, are featured.
Yanez, sheds light on the fact that, while this conference takes place in the realm of Valentines Day, she also makes it apparent that this day celebrates more than chocolates and flowers.
To Yanez and the Seniors it is a day that means celebrating accomplishments and trials.
“Despite heartbreak and unfulfilled dreams we admire their struggle and ultimately, their ability to raise great families and to have shaped them into contributors to society and education.”
The purpose of having the conference stemmed from a work-study, Norma Patricia Dominguez.
Dominguez was honored in their 21st Love Conference.
She studied behavioral science and worked closely with the adult seniors.
Dominguez died of cancer in 2015.
Yanez said through her studies, Dominguez found that, “The seniors needed to build self-esteem and increase self-worth and decidedly made a day in which the seniors could find helpful information and enjoy each other successes throughout the program."
Although Dominguez is no longer with us, her memory is honored by the annual Love Conference. Yanez said she has been able to see the growth of the program and is pleased to witness its ability to, “…Keep seniors active and socially engaged in the community, while promoting mental health.”
The students in the Senior Adult Program have the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments achieved through classes that the program offers.
The seniors are the entertainment with their accrued abilities, such as; performing Mariachi, playing guitar, and Zumba dancing.
However, this year the seniors will be entertained by guest performers, Elvis Presley, performed by Louis Imai, and Juan Gabriel, performed by Aaron Palacios as impersonators.
There are also booths set up every year by the Seniors and by information desks such as, insurance companies, protective services, and nutritional and health consultation.
All of which contribute to the community and health of the program.
“The Love Conference provides a community service highlighting education and the lives of the seniors, through our special event. Through this event it is our mission to provide cultural opportunities and friendship.”
Yanez, said, "through this and the Senior Adult Program, there’s nothing we can’t and won’t do.”