Coffee & Conversation: Can Connie Find Her Way To Pride?

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(L to R) Tom Pence, Carl Barton and Dan Horn at Tuesday morning's Coffee & Conversation program at Pride Center in Wilton Manors, Fla.

Connie Francis needs a ride.

The 79-year-old singer from “Where The Boys Are” fame would like to visit the Pride Center at Equality Park but needs some help.

“She doesn’t drive,” said Carl Barton, SAGE of South Florida Vice President.

Barton emceed Tuesday morning’s Coffee & Conversation program, standing in for Bruce Williams who is on holiday. Barton said he has met Francis who lives in Weston and she expressed an interest in attending an event at the Pride Center.

“We have a lot of volunteers willing to pick her up but nobody’s gone and done it yet,” Barton said.

Francis sung the title song in the 1960 movie that launched Fort Lauderdale as a hot tourist destination for the spring break crowd. Targeting a teen audience, “Where The Boys Are” explored changing attitudes about adolescent sexuality and morals in the American college generation.

Elsewhere in the program, Pride Center Chief Executive Officer Robert Boo wished the room a “Happy Hanukkah” and said the center is collecting unwrapped children’s toys for students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School.

Patti Lynn, community outreach specialist for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, told the audience to not drink and drive. “Call Uber, Lyft or a friend,” Lynn said.

Tom Pence, speaking on behalf of A Celebration of Friends, Primetimers Fort Lauderdale and Friends of Palm Aire, announced a group is setting sail aboard the Jungle Queen on Dec. 19.

For more information about Coffee & Conversation, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.

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