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Seniors celebrate birthdays with luau


Cyndie Carioli, services and activities coordinator at the Allentown Senior Center, is surprised with a bouquet of balloons to celebrate her 65th Birthday during a luau at the center.

Allentown Senior Center's "Luau" party recently brought more than 80 older adults to the Hilltop center.

Amidst grass skirts, flowered shirts, conga-line dancing, games, and prizes, Loretta Marburger was surprised by a dose of special treatment, partly because it was her birthday.

Ms. Marburger, a regular at Allentown's Henry Kaufman Senior Center, was surprised with balloons and a decorated chair but the well-wishes stemmed mostly because she had been rescued from her burning house, which was totally destroyed in a Mt. Oliver fire on June 8 and was hospitalized afterward.

"We thought she'd enjoy some fussin' and fun after all she's been through and we wanted to let her know she has been in our thoughts and prayers throughout her ordeal," said Cyndie Carioli, services and activities coordinator at the center.

Just as lunch was about to be served, Ms. Carioli and the entire Senior Center group was also surprised when a gorilla, dressed in Pittsburgh Pirate gear and gripping black and gold balloons, showed up to deliver a singing telegram, but it wasn't for Ms. Marburger.

Ms. Carioli's husband, with a little help from the Senior Center staff, arranged for the personalized song to be sung because it was also Cyndie's birthday-her 65th. Cupcakes and root beer floats were served to all.


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