Four Oak Crest Residents Inducted into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

PARKVILLE, MD---Famed American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that "you cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." Friends of Andrew Jackson, Mary Snyder, Margaretta Stawinski and Walter Stawinski would agree that they never wait on the sidelines to share their talents to help others. The four residents of Oak Crest retirement community received the ultimate honor via their induction into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 20th. The inductees were part of the Class of 2011, comprised of thirty-eight citizens from across the state, celebrated during a ceremony held at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Stawinski 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." MSCHF is a nonprofit organization whose officers and board of director members are all volunteers.  The Hall of Fame corporation seeks to immortalize men and women and to record their names in the Archives of the Hall of Fame for all time because of their caring and volunteer efforts in improving the lives of others.  For more information, please visit www.mschf.org. The Class of 2011 from Oak Crest: Andrew Jackson: An active member of Oak Crest since his move fifteen years ago, Mr. Jackson was instrumental in founding the Catholic Community at the Parkville-based retirement community.  For the nine hundred members of this faith community, it means attention to detail.  In its early days, he always made sure that a priest was available to give mass.  Mr. Jackson started the liturgy committee and the Catholic Community Choir and developed vigil booklets.  He also coordinated the Chapel calendar.  Additionally, Mr. Jackson was involved with the choir at Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Loch Raven Recreation Council, the Loch Raven Optimist Club and the Boy Scouts of America troop from Babcock Presbyterian Church. Mary Snyder: Those that know Mary Snyder say she "cherishes the notion of being able to give to others."  Sharing her musical talents, Ms. Snyder plays "Georgette," her organ, for musical therapy that fellow residents at Oak Crest describe as uplifting.  With two friends, she also formed a musical ministry trio called "Mary and the Toots."  For the past twelve years, Ms. Snyder has participated in the "Music for Life" program, originally sponsored by Jordan Kitts but now coordinated by Lutherville Music School.  She volunteered with the Baltimore County Public Library system and lends her talent to the Magic Needles, an Oak Crest group that recently knitted 160 dolls for children in Tanzania. Walter and Margaretta Stawinski: Sharing their time and talents has become a labor of love for the couple from Oak Crest.  They frequently assist at St. Agnes Hospital with sales, fundraising and bus trips.  They are involved with both hospital and home visits for members of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville.  They also volunteer at the Kennedy Krieger Christmas Tree Festival and the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen.  Additionally, Mr. Stawinski serves on the Board of Directors of the Dayspring Christian Academy and the Maryland Science Center and the Fundraising Committee of the Kidney Foundation.  At Oak Crest, the couple volunteers at Renaissance Gardens, the extended care neighborhood, and helped start the resident softball team. About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a full service retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, 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.