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"King and Queen" of the Prom are Crowned at 14th Annual Runnells Hospital "Senior Prom"

TAP into Berkeley Heights Staff

Friday, July 18, 2014 • 6:41am

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Not only is June the month for high school proms, but also is the month of the annual “Senior Prom” at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County. 

More than 100 residents turned out recently for the 14th annual "Senior Prom" featuring the live music of guitarist/singer Lester Smith, along with a selection of cocktail food.  Residents sang along with the performer, danced and even crowned the King and Queen of the Senior Prom.

Wanda and Joseph Biesiadecki of Berkeley Heights were crowned the Queen and King of the Prom.  Married for 57 years, they grew up in Newark as family friends and moved to Berkeley Heights in 1964.  There, they raised three children, and they also have two grandchildren.

“We have a very active, wide-ranging social program here at Runnells Hospital,” said Pat Scott, director of social activity.  “Our goal is to keep residents as engaged and as active as possible, so we offer a variety of programs for just about every interest and taste,” she adds.

The social activity programs at Runnells Hospital include:

  • Lectures
  • Musical and Dance Performances
  • Ceramics classes
  • Pet Therapy Sessions
  • Ice Cream Socials
  • Wine and Cheese Socials
  • Outside trips to school concerts
  • Outside trips to ice cream and pizza parlors

“Runnells Specialized Hospital always make people feel they are part of a community, and the annual Senior Prom is one of the highlights of the year for everyone involved – residents, family members and caregivers,” said Union County Freeholder Vernell Wright.

Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County has been serving the residents of Union County and surrounding areas for more than 100 years.  It is a unique, state-of-the-art nursing care facility operated by the County of Union.

For more information, please contact: Joe Lauro at (201) 819-2596

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