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Going strong

Riderwood celebrates 15th anniversary with month-long festivities

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July 6th, 2015
Riderwood residents
Riderwood residents

This May marked Rid... 15th year in operation. Over the course of that time, the Erickson Living community in Silver Spring, Md., has grown into a vibrant and bustling neighborhood for older adults. 

When the community opened in 2000, it did so with a staff of just 14 people who welcomed 64 “pioneer” residents. Today, the 120-acre campus is staffed by 1,400 employees and is home to more than 2,500 retirees.

To celebrate Riderwood’s 15th anniversary, residents and staff took part in a series of special events. The festivities began on May 1 with a luncheon honoring the original staff members and pioneer residents. 

State Senator Jim Rosapepe; former Executive Director Donna Mason; and Patricia Davis, resident member of the Riderwood Board of Directors, all attended as special guests. Resident Doug Franchot presented a proclamation on behalf of Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot.

Blazing the trail

“It’s fitting that we begin our 15th anniversary celebration by honoring our pioneer residents and employees,” Executive Director Chip Warner says. “In 2000, they were the first to take the leap of faith on a new idea and a construction site. By having the energy to invest deeply in the community and in each other, they created the foundation for thousands of residents to live better lives in retirement.”

The celebrations continued on May 2 as residents, employees, and family members gathered for the Riderwood Carnival. The fun-filled day featured the annual fishing tournament, as well as live music, circus performers, games, and food throughout the campus.

Anniversary celebrations continued throughout the month of May with events showcasing themes of life at Riderwood, including music, history, and residents’ creativity.