Residents of Riderwood Donate $386,872 to Show Their Appeciation to Hourly Staff for Jobs Well Done in 2011

SILVER SPRING, MD (December 9, 2011) --  Residents of Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD , have donated $386,872 to their campus' Staff Appreciation Fund to show their appreciation to hourly staff for jobs well done in 2011.  The money will benefit 1,221 hourly staff members from Dining Services, General Services, and the Medical Center. This fundraising drive among residents is done annually during the holiday season. "We are proud of the fact that our employees drive a culture of service where the reward is found by serving residents with excellence," said Chip Warner, the Executive Director of Riderwood . "Riderwood is a great place to come to work.  The relationships that are built at Riderwood between residents and staff are meaningful and genuine. "Residents naturally want to acknowledge the hard work of those front-line employee that serve them daily in a variety of areas and have expressed it in a tangible gift," he said. "Staff members are surprised at the gift amount and greatly appreciate this very kind gesture during this time of year." Riderwood, which has nearly 3,000 residents,  offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Center. Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers & technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; investments; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy; political awareness; theater; woodworking; and writing. Riderwood, which is managed by Erickson Living, is located on 120 acres that stretch across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. It is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community.