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Oak Crest Connects Through a Celebration of Diversity

July 21, 2015

Parkville, MD—Maryland is aptly nicknamed "American in Miniature" for its geographic features and diverse communities.   On Friday, July 10, Oak Crest transformed the "Old Line State" into a "World in Miniature" during its 3rd Annual Multicultural Expo for residents and employees.   With interactive displays that served as "mini-classrooms," fifteen exhibitors showcased an array of cultural, religious, musical, ethnic and culinary contributions from residents and employees of the Erickson Living retirement community.   Additionally, the four-hundred (400) residents and employees dined at four food stations serving delicious German, Italian, Columbian and "Southern Hospitality" cuisine prepared by the Dining Services Department of Oak Crest. The event was sponsored by the thirteen-member Diversity and Inclusion Council and chaired by Dante Taylor, a Service Manager with Dining Services.  Saundra Green is a Dining Services Supervisor, member of the Council and Co-Chair of the event.  In an interview with WOCV-TV, she stated that "it was great to get people together at the Expo to socialize and learn from each other.  We have so much cultural, religious and ethnic diversity to celebrate, and it's all part of what makes Oak Crest a special place to live and work." The Expo also provided an audience for special guests.  World-renowned  Janice "The Griot" Curtis Greene delighted attendees with her enthusiastic story-telling, and Lenny "The Pan Man" Rogers played the steel drums.  The Parkville Public Library sponsored a review on Daniel James Brown's book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The mission of the Council is "to celebrate Oak Crest Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, by stimulating knowledge and learning, to encourage understanding that enriches our lives". 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.  [[{"fid":"166376","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Oak Crest employees celebrate diversity of culture during event on July 10.","field_slideshow_link[und][0][title]":"","field_slideshow_link[und][0][url]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][title]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][url]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Oak Crest employees celebrate diversity of culture during event on July 10.","class":"media-element file-default"}}]] [[{"fid":"166381","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"15 exhibitors provided \"mini-classrooms\" on religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, such as the Musical Instruments display.","field_slideshow_link[und][0][title]":"","field_slideshow_link[und][0][url]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][title]":"","field_wrapper_link[und][0][url]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"15 exhibitors provided \"mini-classrooms\" on religious, ethnic and cultural diversity, such as the Musical Instruments display.","class":"media-element file-default"}}]]