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Oak Crest's Ann France Is a Real Life Mrs. Claus for Baltimore-Area Children

Nov 19, 2015
Parkville, Maryland— When Ann France retired, she was asked by a friend to volunteer with the Baltimore-area Salvation Army. Twenty-nine years later, she is responsible for bringing Christmas cheer to thousands of children in the area. Ms. France, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community, is an Executive Board Member of the Baltimore Area Command Women’s Auxiliary. She is gearing up for her signature project to be held on Tuesday, November 24th from 9am-9:30am. Under her direction, fifty residents of Oak Crest will fill 400 stockings with toys, games and school supplies for the benefit of Baltimore-area families…in just over...

“Jelly Fish” of HR Department Light Up Oak Crest…& Then Social Media

Nov 9, 2015
Parkville, MD— Each year, millions of Americans try to create the “perfect” Halloween costume. The Human Resources Department of Oak Crest was no exception, as they prepared to enter the annual Halloween Costume Contest held at the Erickson Living retirement community on October 30. According to Wendy Kelly, Director of Human Resources, a simple idea that she found on the social media site, Pinterest, was the inspiration for the “jelly fish” of Oak Crest HR. Their colorful costumes—consisting of uniquely decorated umbrellas--earned them the top prize in the employee division of the contest, joining Evelyn McGreal (first prize, resident division)...

Baltimore County Officials Talk Estate Planning With Oak Crest Residents

Nov 6, 2015
Parkville, MD— Two Baltimore County officials provided residents of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, with an overview of estate planning and the probate process at a seminar on November 5. Grace Connolly, Register of Wills, and William Evans, Chief Judge of the Orphans Court, discussed issues involving the creation of wills and the legal responsibilities and protections offered in Maryland to clients, heirs and creditors. They also took questions from the ninety-five (95) residents in attendance. The event was hosted by the Philanthropy and Public Affairs Departments of Oak Crest. Steve Bailey, a Towson-based attorney specializing in elder...

Oak Crest Residents to Celebrate Veterans Day with Local ROTC Cadets

Nov 6, 2015
Parkville, MD— The military service men and women who are now residents of Oak Crest retirement community sacrificed for their country in the battlefields of Europe, Asia and beyond. Their deeds will never be forgotten by a grateful nation. Seventy years following the conclusion of World War II, a new generation of service men and women are preparing to follow in their footsteps. On Wednesday, November 11 at 11am, seventeen cadets from the combined Loyola University-Towson University ROTC Greyhound Battalion will commemorate Veterans Day at a ceremony hosted by Oak Crest. The event will begin as the ROTC Color Guard...

Oak Crest's Bob Gralley Makes Half-Marathon a Family Affair

Oct 19, 2015
Parkville, MD— Bob Gralley is no stranger to racing in marathons across the mid-Atlantic. Mr. Gralley, 89, has competed in 42 of them, including the signature races in New York and Boston. In recent years, the half-marathon of the Baltimore Running Festival has become the staple event for the resident of Oak Crest retirement community. At this year’s 13.1 mile race on October 17, Mr. Gralley made it a true family affair along the course in Baltimore. He was joined by his sons, Craig and Kevin, and his granddaughter, Sara. During the crisp, sunny fall day, the foursome ran together...

Oak Crest Honors Resident Ki Kent for Board Service

Oct 14, 2015
Parkville, MD— On October 1, Ronald “Ki” Kent was recognized for his thirteen years of service on the Oak Crest Village, Inc. Board of Directors. During a ceremony held on October 1, the Erickson Living retirement community dedicated a park bench donated by the Board in his honor that will be placed in the campus courtyard. Mr. Kent retired from his Board membership earlier this year. The plaque on the bench reads: “In thankful recognition of Oak Crest’s first resident Board Member Ronald “Ki” Kent from 2002-2015, and his wife Dolores for letting him take the time away.” Jim Anders...

20th Anniversary Theme Highlights Gala at Oak Crest

Oct 6, 2015
Parkville, MD— “Honoring the Past. Celebrating the Present. Embracing the Future.” In bold silver lettering, those words greeted 375 attendees as they entered Erickson Hall for Oak Crest’s 20th Anniversary Gala on September 19. Proceeds from the event supported the Erickson Living retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund. Residents, employees and guests wore their black-tie best to experience all the gala had to offer. Oak Crest’s main hall featured dancing and live entertainment presented by The Shades of Blue Orchestra and a specially-planned menu featuring carving and pasta stations prepared by the Dining Services Department. Attendees tested their luck playing casino-style...

Sister Danielle Murphy Celebrates 50th Jubilee as a Mission Helper of the Sacred Heart

Sep 15, 2015
Parkville, MD— Sister Danielle Murphy, MHSH celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a Mission Helper of the Sacred Heart during a Mass and reception in her honor in the Chapel of Oak Crest retirement community on September 8. Over 275 attendees, including twenty-two sisters from the MHSH, witnessed Sr. Danielle renew her vows on the same date—and same hour—as she entered the order exactly fifty years ago. “I drove with my parents from Wilmington, Delaware on September 8, 1965 to the Order’s Motherhouse in Baltimore to begin as a postulant,” recalled Sr. Danielle. “That car ride was the beginning of a...

Oak Crest Residents Show How to Live the Life

Aug 17, 2015
Parkville, MD—Although the calendar says August, it’s far from being the “dog days of summer” at Oak Crest. On August 7, the Erickson Living retirement community hosted the Live the Life Fair, a showcase of ninety (90) resident-run groups and activities. The event was coordinated by the Resident Life and Sales Departments. More than 400 people attended, including nearly 100 priority list members and guests. They spoke with resident group leaders and participated in live demonstrations of dancing (sponsored by the Ball Room Dance Class), bocce and card games. The Zoo Mobile of the Maryland Zoo even made an appearance...

The Impact of Medicare Through the Eyes of an Oak Crest Resident

Jul 30, 2015
Parkville, MD—During the summer of 1965, Gerri Gray was a 29-year old librarian working in Baltimore’s Enoch Free Library. She was just two years out of graduate school from Rutgers University. So when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established Medicare on July 30, 1965, the event was merely a news story to her. But ten years later, her father, Hobert Hall, retired from his job as a butcher. And in 1986, her mother, Nora Hall, was left with no pension and only Medicare and Social Security as a widow. “At that point, I began to see...