Champagne, laughter, and good times were flowing throughout the night at Lantern Hill's "Hollywood" themed Pioneer Gratitude Gala on October 18. The distinctive Erickson Living retirement community in New Providence, New Jersey, hosted the elegant and festive party to celebrate and thank its pioneer residents who were the first residents to move to campus last year.
The night started with Executive Director Patricia Jacobs and an employee representative from each department on campus giving a heartfelt message of thanks to the more than 200 residents in attendance. Also, local community leaders including New Providence Mayor Al Morgan, Business Development Director for New Providence Cindy Reis, and Pastor Jane McCready of Faith Lutheran Church thanked the residents for being enthusiastic members of the New Providence community.
Attendees then experienced all the gala had to offer. Residents entered the Gala through a grand marque at the entrance and were surprised to see their names printed on individual stars in the "Walk of Fame" decoration in the hallway. The "Hollywood" decorations continued throughout Union Square with a 10-foot high "Hollywood" letters in the lobby, black and white scene board, and Marilyn Monroe balloon sculptures created by Erickson Living employee Robbie Furman.
Guests enjoyed piano music, the "Magic Mirror" photo booth, champagne as well as delicious specialty drinks, hors-d'oeuvres. Seafood bar, and scrumptious buffet with carving station from Lantern Hill's Signature Dining. At the end of the evening, residents and staff danced the night away to a variety of DJ music.
Door prizes included gift certificates to Bellariva, Prestige Diner, PS Salon on campus, as well as the unique opportunity to cut the ribbon at Lantern Hill's Phase 2 opening and be the first resident to cross the bridge from Union Square to Maple Glen. Phase 2 consisting of two additional buildings--Oakwood Court and Maple Glen—will open in the next few months and add 114 independent living apartment homes to the community.
"I am still marveling about the amazing party we created together in gratitude of our pioneer residents," said Jacobs. "We appreciate their partnership and friendship in building a special community at Lantern Hill."
"Thank you so much to our employees who took care of every detail to make the Gala a night to remember for our fantastic residents," said Jacobs.
"It was a gem of a party," said resident Noreen Donovan, who moved to campus last year to live closer to her daughter. In addition to loving spending more time with her family and grandchildren, Donovan said she has "found wonderful friends, a beautiful apartment home, and a lovely lifestyle on campus."
Lantern Hill provides a vibrant lifestyle to seniors with abundant amenities including three on-site restaurants, an all-season pool and fitness center, art studio, library, theater, transportation, on-site medical center, concierge services and secure underground parking. For more information, visit www.lanternhillcommunity.com.