LOCUST, NJ - The glamour of old Hollywood was in the air Saturday evening as the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey celebrated the opening of Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House at the Hollywood at Holly Hill gala.  

Over 300 guests were treated to a first look at the transformation of this historic country estate, nestled in Locust, one of the most beautiful water view locations in New Jersey. While touring the gracious interiors and lush gardens, attendees had the opportunity to chat with the participating interior designers, decorators and landscape artists about their vision and inspiration.

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Stately Homes by-the-Sea Co-chairs Nancy Mulheren, Liz Thees and Mindy Minerva with VNACJ President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher. Photo: Avery Bright, Shine Bright Studios

As the klieg lights illuminated the sky, the guests adjourned to the gleaming party tent, decorated to evoke the glory days of the silver screen. The evening’s activities were kicked off with a greeting from Gals Co-Chairs Alexandra Delaney and Tracy Brown. Show House Co-Chairs Nancy Mulheren, Mindy Minerva and Liz Thees then saluted the Honorary Design Chair Alexa Hampton, Honorary Landscape Chair Dr. Norman Hungerford, the participating designers and the volunteer committee chairs for their generous contributions of time and talent.

In addition, Mary Ann Christopher, President and CEO of the VNACJ and Tom Thees, Chairman of the Board of Trustees expressed their appreciation for the support of the VNACJ mission and paid tribute to Nancy Montserrat, Honorary Gala Chair and retiring VNACJ Director of Development, for her years of dedication and service.

Following dinner the revelers participated in a lively auction and danced the night away to Element Music’s Groove Society.

Along with touring Holly Hill, including the pool house and extensive gardens, attendees can round out their day with lunch at the Show House Café by Salt Creek Grille and shopping at the show house designer boutique.

Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House to benefit the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey will take place, Tuesday - Sunday, May 3 to June 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional information on the Show House, events and ticket sales can be found online at www.statelyhomesbythesea.com.