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Two Residents of Oak Crest Earn Induction into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

November 8, 2019

Parkville, Maryland—Oak Crest, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living, is proud to announce that two residents are among the honored Class of 2019 into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to inductees Sally Bowerman and Darlene Koch.  They were nominated by their peers and selected based on their incredible service to the greater community and at Oak Crest.  The induction ceremony occurred during a luncheon and awards program held at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on October 24.

Ms. Bowerman, a resident of Oak Crest since 2007, is a retired teacher of the Baltimore County Public School System.  She volunteers at Johns Hopkins Hospital, coordinating a wellness program and editing publications.  At Oak Crest, she participated in the Buddy Reading and Pen Pal programs, two partnerships with local schools.  Among numerous other activities, she is a member of the Concert Planning Committee and ABLE Committee and assists the in-house TV Studio in advisory and programming roles.

Prior to moving to Oak Crest in 2012, Mrs. Koch volunteered extensively with the Golden Ring Co-op and the Edgemere Senior Center.  At Oak Crest, she serves as the liaison for residents who take the floral arrangement class in conjunction with Flower Expressions.  Mrs. Koch has created 200 knitted hats each of the past two years for the community's stocking stuffing project with the Salvation Army.  Along with her husband Glenn, the couple formed a flag show committee and host an annual program on Flag Day.

Additionally, Ms. Bowerman earned the prestigious GERI award.  According to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Inc. (MSCHF), "as the arts and sciences have their Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar, so the senior citizens of Maryland have their GERI-the geriatric 'Noble Prize' for extraordinary humanitarian community service."

Each inductee received a membership certificate, MSCHF lapel pin and a copy of the Blue Book that includes the name, picture and a brief summary of volunteer service for each of the honorees.

MSCHF is a private, all-volunteer organization that has been functioning since 1987.  It serves to recognize, acknowledge and honor the volunteer civic and humanitarian accomplishments of individual senior citizens in Maryland.

About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Parkville, Maryland.  The not-for-profit community of more than 2,100 residents and 1,250 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of Oak Crest.  Additional information can be found at