SENIOR SPEED DATING IS GAINING MOMENTUM
By Deborah Barrs Paul
For as long as she could remember, Lashanya Mincey-Beckton’s mother, Alva Williams-Mincey always taught her the importance of LOVE – genuine unconditional LOVE. This value, instilled in her early on, has become a part of Shan’s everyday world.
Recently Shan and her husband Damien Beckton, through their church’s “Last Chance Ministry” began visiting local nursing home residents. “We have come to love them and have developed a “soft” spot for the lovely senior residents and we look forward to worshipping and singing with them”. During one family night get together, the discussion shifted to single seniors that have so much life but are alone when brother in law D’Armon Beckton asked “how do you guys feel about seniors speed-dating?” After a lengthy conversation, Shan got up the very next day, had flyers printed, found a venue and had tickets printed!!! That was the conception of LOVE @1st SIGHT Senior speed-dating. The event is quickly gaining momentum. Participants range in age from 50 years and up. The Beckton’s unique challenge is finding Men to match the high ratio of women participants. Shan states “We are committed and determined to make this a successful and rewarding event for our beautiful seniors. In today’s fast paced society it can be a challenge to meet people on a romantic level. But here at “Love@1stSight” we eliminate that challenge! After attending one event, you will be well on your way to a very fun, fulfilling, and exciting social life. Whether it’s a newly found love interest, long-lasting companionship or friendships your life will never be the same.”
Upon entry each person registers, receives a name tag, and is assigned one number for the entire evening. When their number is called, they are seated with a potential partner for approximately 5-10 minutes. The rotation continues until every participant has had a chance to speak to one another at least once! Raffles are held throughout the evening and a light fare is served.
The word has spread via grassroots marketing and the events are held the 2nd Saturday of every other month from 2:30-5:30 pm at The Center for Civic Engagement 740 International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. For more information visit www.love1stsight.com.