By Lonnie Huhman,

“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like.”

Those lyrics, made famous by Frank Sinatra, have helped inspire this year’s community benefit for the Dexter Senior Center.


The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Road in Dexter. Doors and bar are at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and music at 8 p.m.

All ages are welcome and there will be room on the dance floor for the children, seniors, neighbors and friends.

This is the third year for this fundraiser that plays a big part in helping the Dexter Senior Center fulfill its mission, which is only growing in importance.

Wendy Smith, the senior center director, said by the year 2025 there will be nearly twice as many seniors as school age children residing in Washtenaw County.

She said keeping this growing senior population fit, both physically and mentally is a challenge that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. The center is a 501(C)3 non-profit that relies on an annual $20 membership fee, donations, grants and funding from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B as well as Webster Township, Dexter Township and the city of Dexter.

The center offers a wide array of activities focus on health and well-being of mind and body. Among the many things happening at the center, one will see such things as fitness classes, yoga, painting and music. It also provides meals to seniors, both at the center and home delivered.

From October 2017 through September, 30, 2018, the center provided a total of 13,254 meals.

Smith said the upcoming fundraiser event will have a dinner, which is featuring such options as smoked brisket, salmon and chicken as well as a cash bar with beer and wine that expects to harmonize well with the style of music for the night.

Brad McNett and the All Star Swing Band, featuring George Bedard, Doug Horn, Adam Mosley, Brad McNett, Pat Prouty, Ingrid Racine and Pete Siers, will be bringing the feel of a big band  with the jazzy sounds of a sax, drums, trumpet, piano and bass that pair with incredible vocals.

Smith said the music will have the stylings of Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie.

Tickets are $50 general admission and $75 reserved seating. They are available at the senior center, 7720 Ann Arbor Street in Dexter. For more information, call 734-426-7737.