GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Legendary jazz crooner Tony Bennett's tour hits DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids on May 8 -- and a trio of "cougars" are asking him a favor.
"We've got to get that man here," said Gladys Misiewicz, who turned 104 years old last October.
Misiewicz lives at Villa Maria Retirement Community in Grand Rapids. She, along with her neighbors Alice Kass, 99, and Beverly Fisher, 93, starred in a video, in which they ask Bennett to stop at Villa Maria before his show. "We're all older," Kass said. "We like his voice, like his songs."
Fisher said songs like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" made a place for Bennett in their hearts years ago.
Lisa Mervenne, a volunteer at Villa Maria, orchestrated the video titled, "Cougars on the prowl." Many people at the retirement community wanted Bennett to stop by, and Mervenne said Misiewicz, Kass and Fisher were perfect for the video.
"If there could've been a camera in the room filming the entire thing from start to finish it would've been hysterical," she said. "They were all over it. They're just game to do anything."
In the video, the ladies call 91-year-old Bennett a "fine young man." Kass says to the camera, "We'd love to welcome you personally, but we can't. The only wheels we have are on our walkers.";
Villa Maria is about a seven minute drive from DeVos Performance Hall. Bennett's show begins at 7:30 p.m.
"All the impressions I've had of [Bennett] have been very positive," Misiewicz said. "It would thrill me to pieces if he could come here. I would probably give him a big hug."
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