CATONSVILLE, MD---Participants in Charlestown retirement community's annual Turkey Trot enjoyed a beautiful, crisp fall day, custom-made for a stroll in Catonsville.
Sponsored by the Fitness Center team at Charlestown, 2011 marked the eleventh year of the event that combines wellness, community spirit and a few surprises along the way.
Fifty residents and staff chose one of two courses on the campus of the Catonsville-based retirement community to follow the Mystery Turkey for a brisk walk, all leading to the activity room of Renaissance Gardens, the extended-care neighborhood at Charlestown.
Following the walk, Teresa Reymann, the wellness manager of Charlestown, presented Betty Okonski of Southwest Emergency Services (SWES) and Peter McIver of Marian House with gift cards to support their service programs. This year, Charlestown and its community partners raised $1,200 for the two non-profit organizations.
Then the fun really began with two time-honored Turkey Trot traditions. First, Charlestown resident Bob Jones correctly guessed the identity of this year's Mystery Turkey, fellow resident Nina Griffith who bravely donned the full-length turkey suit.
Then, three residents, Esther Fisher, Bob Mitzel and Al Schlueter, stretched their vocal cords to the limit to give their best turkey-esque "gobble, gobble, gobble." Following four takes on the audience applause meter, Ms. Fisher was named "Gobbler of the Year."
Residents Ed Collins and Bob Engel provided wonderful music for the 2011 Turkey Trot, and Daisy, one of Charlestown's energetic clowns, gave holiday hugs to all in attendance.
"Many thanks to all who participated in the 2011 Turkey Trot," said Ms. Reymann. "While we always enjoy the festivities, working with our friends at SWES and the Marian House really makes this event worthwhile. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!"
About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.