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Neighbors look out for each other

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October 25th, 2009

As Americans share a holiday meal with family and friends this month, there will be those living at Greenspring who are most thankful for the thoughtfulness of their neighbors. At Greenspring and other Erickson communities across the country, residents work year-round to raise money in support of their campus Benevolent Care Fund, a fund established to provide confidential financial assistance to residents who, despite careful planning, can no longer afford to cover the full cost of living there. It s not easy to ask for money, says Thelma Klopp, who lives at Greenspring and is chair of its Philanthropy Committee. But I ve found that the residents here are as generous as they can be, and it makes such a big difference. The culmination of this year s fundraising efforts which generated $340,000 and counting was a Give My Regards to Broadway gala this fall. The gala followed a month of fundraising events, including a weekend performance by the Lindsay family, recently featured in HBO s The Music in Me. This family ensemble includes mother Susan, who previously worked for Erickson s Charlestown community near Baltimore. Even members of the Greenspring staff got in on the action and shared their talents at the sold-out annual talent show. The medical center s team of doctors, nurses, and office staff were thrilled to be the opening act, says Medical Director Janice Gable, M.D. Our residents got to see our portrayal of the humorous side of medicine. Other events included a photography show featuring works by Greenspring resident Kurt Latzko, Benevolent Care Fund bingo, a silent auction, and a flat-screen TV raffle. All of this led to the much anticipated gala with musical guest the Dale Jarrett Trio, a formal cocktail reception, and a dinner designed to mimic true Empire State style. The menu was based on some of the well-known restaurants in New York City, says Executive Chef Randy Beattie. Each entr e was even paired with its own wine. Word of this tremendous charitable undertaking quickly reached the ears of local businesses. This year s sponsors included $10,000 gold sponsor PNC Bank.

Erickson spirit

Greenspring's sister communities, Riderwood and Ashby Ponds, have also done their part this year to support their campus Benevolent Care Funds. In July, Riderwood raised thousands of dollars with a Dancing with the Stars fundraiser that paired residents and staff as dance partners. Audience members cast votes in terms of dollars, with one dollar equaling one vote. Although little more than a year old, Ashby Ponds has also raised thousands for its Benevolent Care Fund through generous donations to the Treasure Chest. There, residents can give away items including furniture and other valuables, which are then resold, with all proceeds benefiting the fund. Erickson attracts a very loving, caring group of people, says Klopp. I am very proud to live among them.