Parkville, MD—"Honoring the Past. Celebrating the Present. Embracing the Future."
In bold silver lettering, those words greeted 375 attendees as they entered Erickson Hall for Oak Crest's 20th Anniversary Gala on September 19. Proceeds from the event supported the Erickson Living retirement community's Benevolent Care Fund.
Residents, employees and guests wore their black-tie best to experience all the gala had to offer. Oak Crest's main hall featured dancing and live entertainment presented by The Shades of Blue Orchestra and a specially-planned menu featuring carving and pasta stations prepared by the Dining Services Department.
Attendees tested their luck playing casino-style games and bidding on silent auction items. They also were treated to a trip down memory lane as a walking art gallery showcased photos of Oak Crest's early days of development and construction.
Following the gala, Todd Sullivan, Director of Philanthropy, announced that $125,000 had been raised by contributions from residents, employees and vendors.
"The 2015 gala was extra special as it continues a year-long celebration of our twentieth anniversary," noted Mr. Sullivan. "It was heartwarming to see Ms. Jean Heck, Oak Crest's first resident, attending her twentieth gala with other pioneer residents being at their first. These folks are the heart and soul of our community."
"I would like to thank all of our contributors for their continued generosity in supporting such a meaningful cause," said Mr. Sullivan.
The Benevolent Care Fund provides the confidential assistance that allows residents who have experienced unforeseen financial burdens to remain at Oak Crest, assuring that they will receive the care they deserve.
About Oak Crest: Oak Crest is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents. Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.