Both Beaumont residents and the campus itself took extreme care to get ready for the 35-year gala celebration. Three years of construction by Warfel & Company had given all buildings and villas on campus a gorgeous contemporary upgrade and a unified design look. Residents had been equally busy: rooting in the back of their closets to find that special formal dress, or brushing off the (slightly tighter) tuxedo. The end result was an “over the top” party, an evening not to be missed!
The weather was perfect and residents were able to circulate freely between the lovely Music Room and adjoining Liseter Garden for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. At 6:00 guests moved into the large Beaumont Room which had been completely transformed by Zack Margolis, official food and beverage magician, together with Executive Chef John Bauer: a towering “35-year” ice sculpture, tables with steel gray cloths, pristine white flower centerpieces accented by hints of green, and sparkling glassware.
Zack created gourmet food stations where one could choose dishes from around the globe, chefs standing by to serve as needed. Joe Peduzzi, Beaumont’s President, gave a heartfelt “thanks” to everyone who helped make the evening a memorable event, and a quartet of resident singers launched into a lovey rendition of Alan Tripp’s anthem “Oh Beaumont, My Beaumont”, and his ode to the very essence of retirement living: “New Old Friends.”
A spectacular pyrotechnical performance ended the evening in style. Zack wheeled out a substantial cake and lit the candles – more like silvery rockets. To the delight of the entire room, the icing-anchored rockets flared up, throwing one, two, three feet of white flame into the air, crackling and sizzling. It was exciting, exhilarating, and the perfect way to celebrate 35 years of community. Congratulations Beaumont!