Charlestown's Mary Evans Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award from The Rotary Foundation

CATONSVILLE, MD---Mary Evans, the community resources manager at Charlestown retirement community, received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation. The Award was presented in August to Mrs. Evans by John and Pat Kasuda, members of the Rotary and residents of the Erickson Living community based in Catonsville.  It is named for the founder of the Rotary International as a means to recognize an individual who performs exceptional community service and values humanitarian work. "When we moved to Charlestown three years ago, continuing our community service was very important to my husband and me.  We enjoy staying active," described Mrs. Kasuda.  "Upon meeting Mary, we knew immediately that she shared our passion, and since then, she has been a tremendous advocate for new service projects." "She has shared her talents to support the establishment of a Rotary Fellowship at Charlestown and new community-wide events such as the Winter Putterland Indoor Golf Tournament and the 1st Annual Catonsville Kite Flying Contest and so much more," stated Mrs. Kasuda.  "Mary demonstrates the ideals of Rotary in working with others to promote good will and understanding." Mrs. Evans has been with Charlestown for nearly eighteen years.  She oversees the Community Resources and Volunteer Programs, leading a team that coordinates activities and events for over 2,000 residents.  In 2011, Charlestown residents volunteered more than 230,000 hours of service both on-campus and in the greater community. Sherry Parrish is the Director of Resident Life at Charlestown.  "Mary Evans is the creative force in programming here.  Her passion for purposeful living and service, as well as her outstanding abilities, bring us success every time she begins a new project," described Mrs. Parrish. As part of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, a donation of $1,000 was made in the name of Mrs. Evans to the Rotary Foundation.  The contribution supports the worldwide work of the Foundation, which focuses on the improvement of health facilities, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. Mrs. Evans is a resident of Parkton in northern Baltimore County. About Charlestown: Charlestown, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, 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.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.