The 1960s were a busy time in east Lincoln. Gateway Mall opened its doors to local shoppers, Lincoln East became our city’s fourth public high school, and in May of 1968, then Eastmont Manor welcomed senior adults to its new retirement home.
The 64-apartment structure cost $1.4 million to construct, and was the first phase of what would rapidly become a full-service community that provided life care security to individuals and couples. By 1973, Eastmont had over 200 apartment homes and changed its name to Eastmont Towers. In 2001, Eastmont opened a 41-apartment assisted living facility and finalized construction plans for The Monarch by Eastmont.
This year, Eastmont celebrates 50 years as a not-for-profit, mission driven, senior living community guided by a singular vision to transform the perception of age and to make life better for older adults seeking to lead an independent and purposeful life.
“Getting Better with Age” is the theme as residents and staff continue to celebrate this historic milestone. Recent events included a Wine & Cheese reception for Eastmont friends, vendors and local dignitaries, which included a brief program with remarks by Mayor Chris Beutler, current Executive Director Carol Ernst, previous Executive Director Rev. Dr. Bob Chitwood, and Heath Boddy, CEO of the Nebraska Health Care Association.
Eastmont residents were treated to a Golden Gala, which featured a photo booth and an elegant buffet supper and dessert prepared by Eastmont’s Dining Services team. The evening closed with a toast to the next 50 years.
Most recently, residents and staff donned their 50th anniversary T-shirts and gathered together with their families for a good old-fashioned backyard picnic. To close the evening, a human chain was stretched from door to door across the Eastmont campus and a commemorative banner unfurled 781 feet from east to west.