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These wonderful entertainers, all over age 60 – and some well into their 80s – regularly sell out their Hamilton variety show. They have also entertained audiences across North America and abroad.

In 1989, the Geritol Follies members decided to turn over their accumulated profits – more than $100,000 at the time – to set up a student bursary fund with HCF, encouraging “rising stars” to pursue post-secondary education in the performing arts. Follies members saw it as a way “of returning some of the blessings and benefits” they received in their younger days to talented Hamilton youth.

They also wanted to celebrate their own love of the stage, create a lasting legacy and be remembered for their unique impact on seniors everywhere.

By 2014, more than 100 young people from our community have received bursaries to help them pursue their dreams in the arts.