Central Kentucky seniors show off their skills
Posted 3:32 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022
Talented seniors from the Central Kentucky area took the stage at the Lexington Opera House on August 11 for the Morning Pointe Foundation’s annual “Seniors Got Talent” showcase.
First place and the $500 cash prize went to pianist Lutisha Coleman, 89, for her dynamic performance of “How Great Thou Art.”
“I won – yay!” said Coleman. “I certainly didn’t think I was going to win – there was so much talent there.”
Coleman, a retired music teacher, has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old. She has backed many performers over the years and even earned a scholarship in her name for music majors at Kentucky State, where she earned an undergraduate degree.
The event included residents of the Danville facility.
Second place went to dance team Flat Out Fun, ages 67 to 85, who danced to “Girls with Guitars.”
The dance team was formed in 2007 following a “Let’s Dance” class at a local YMCA. Members began performing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities and have since expanded to perform at events such as the American Heart Association’s local Go Red Luncheon, ALS Walk , the junior leagues’ Holly Day Market and UK women’s basketball games.
Flautist Lydia DiMartino-Ellis, 62, took third place with her performance of “Climb Every Mountain” on a one-handed flute.
DiMartino-Ellis started playing the flute in fourth grade, but six years ago a stroke left her partially paralyzed. Since then, she has transitioned to a Native American-style one-handed flute.
Dillon Gaudet, morning meteorologist at ABC36, hosted the evening.
Eight individual senior performers and two groups performed this year on the Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent variety show, Lexington.
The senior talent show was produced by the Morning Pointe Foundation in conjunction with Morning Pointe Senior Living. Proceeds support the foundation’s mission to provide nursing scholarships to schools like Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and fund caregiver support programs.
“The inspiration is that no matter how old you are, you can still fulfill your childhood dream,” said Miranda Perez, executive director of the Morning Pointe Foundation.
The Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living. The 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization was established in 2014 to provide caregiver support programs, sponsor educational outreach events, and fund clinical fellowships to advance the care of people seniors throughout the Southeast.
Founded in 1997, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 seNior Living, Personal Care and Alzheimer’s Memory Care Communities in five southeastern states.