By Carol Tannenhauser
“Senior Women Wanted for Match-Making Event (Upper West Side)”
So read a headline last week on Nextdoor, a neighborhood social networking platform. It sounded like the senior women were going to be matched, but it turns out they are wanted to serve as “judges” — to interview and pair up young singles before a live audience, at a Valentine’s Day event that sounds both hysterical and worthwhile.
Dubbed “The Golden Girls Play Matchmaker,” the event will mark the launch of a new “lifestyle dating app” called Ollo. It will take place on February 14th, at 6 p.m., at The West End Lounge (WEA and 107th Street), and will be hosted by a “known” comedian. Valentine’s Day was chosen not only because it’s a day dedicated to romance, but because it can be hard. “Some people have a very negative feeling about Valentine’s Day, so we wanted to do something kind & caring & give back to our community,” emailed Katya Sapozhnina, lead product marketer for Ollo. All proceeds from the event will go to Goddard Riverside, an Upper West Side social service organization, with many programs for older people.
Richard Ramat, founder of Ollo, explained how the partnership came to be: “I’m uniquely interested in human connections and the long-term detrimental effects of social isolation,” he said. “In no community are those effects more pronounced than among the elderly. So, when we thought about how we could launch our new app and raise awareness for this cause, the idea of doing an event that brought the old and young together on one of the most romantic nights of the year just clicked.”
Ollo asks that people RSVP to the event here. “When they come, brave singles can participate in our matchmaking game & everyone else can watch and cheer them on,” Sapozhnina wrote. “It is meant to be low stakes, fun, and to support a good cause.”
For more information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.