A handsome cardboard captain greeted guests from the red carpet onto the gangplank of his ocean liner at the “Showboat on Broadway Gala” on Thursday, October 11. The Lambeth House’s fifth annual gala generated $64,000 for the continuing care retirement community.

The smooth croons of the Yat Pack set the mood outside for patio dining and dancing, while acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Pounds performed in the parlor. The entire area was outfitted in magnolia and cotton branches to evoke the sense of a steamboat traveling north.

“The Lambeth House is so close to a river that we just went with that idea to make guests feel that they were on a boat,” says Lambeth House Foundation Director Courtney Nalty.

The guests, both residents and outside visitors, enjoyed edibles from the Lambeth House’s own chef John Joffe. The swanky eats featured such delicacies as duck confit on sweet potato gaufrettes – a homemade waffle-like potato chip – with sundried cranberry compote as an hors d’oeuvre to the main event, a bountiful buffet of jumbo lump crab cakes with remoulade sauce, grilled pork medallions with cream à la forestière and much more. For dessert, crêpes were made to order.

The fundraiser marked the Lambeth House’s 14th anniversary. A December board meeting will decide how to appropriate the funds.

Event at a Glance
What:  Fifth annual “Showboat on Broadway,” benefiting Lambeth House.
When: Thursday, October 11
Where:  Lambeth House