Make the Call, Make a Difference

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It’s that time of year. The tree is set, the phones are connected, and Oak Crest TV and Philanthropy are ready to raise some money. It’s the 8th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, only on Channel 973!

This year is an exciting telethon for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s the first telethon for new Philanthropy Manager Stacey Schiano, and new Philanthropy Coordinator Beverly Venedam. They definitely have some big shoes to fill, but if the Benevolent Care Gala in September is any indication, those two will have no problem raising money for those four hours.

While we’ll be welcoming Stacey and Beverly to the telethon excitement, we’ll be saying farewell to a member of the team as well. Television Production Coordinator Chris Taydus will be finishing his time at Oak Crest on the day of the telethon. Chris will be taking over as the Manager of the Television Station at Oak Crest’s sister community Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD. Since things will be hectic in the studio on Chris’s last day, please take an opportunity to stop down to the studio on Monday, November 28th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to say farewell (Click here for more information).

It’s not all Hellos and Goodbyes though as the telethon will be full of fun and excitement. The whole show kicks off with ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Josh Runkles & Executive Director Mark Roussey. Based on the popular segment created by late night television host, James Corden, Josh and Mark will drive around the Oak Crest campus talking about Benevolent Care and singing their favorite songs. A few special guests may join in as well.

Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some 'Carpool Karaoke' with resident Audrey Buchanan.
Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with resident Audrey Buchanan.

The telethon will also include performances by the Oak Crest Line Dancers, resident Duke Baugh, and some Oak Crest staff members, Stacey and Chef Joe Bollinger making Christmas cookies, a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the Oak Crest Treasure Chest, and much much more!

The telethon will air live on Channel 973 from 10 AM till 2 PM on Friday, December 2nd only on Channel 973. If you miss the telethon, the show will be available the following week at http://www.oakcresttv.com, and you can catch highlights from the show at 7 PM, 9 PM, and midnight. Telethon highlights will also air at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM on both Saturday and Sunday on Channel 973.

Turkey Time

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Thanksgiving is only a few short days away and Oak Crest TV is bringing you some great entertainment to make your Thanksgiving full of fun and information.

Starting on Thanksgiving day at 10:00 AM, you’ll get to learn about the Thanksgiving memories of some of the residents and staff. Ruth Pundt sits down with some residents to discuss their favorite foods, traditions, and stories of years past. Then Lauren Costello checks in with staff members with their memories and some Thanksgiving trivia questions. The show reairs later that day at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM.

Later that day, the trivia continues as the Mind Over Memory Championship game airs at 11:30 AM. The Retired & Wired take on the Scorpions in the show’s season finale. It’s an exciting game with plenty of tough questions written and asked by producer David Cuneo. The show will re-air at 3:30 PM and 10:30 PM that day, and 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and 10:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Then on Friday, take the opportunity to learn about the RAC Candidates with host Jim Wetzel. Click here to learn more about that show.

Remember all these shows will be available the next day at www.oakcresttv.com. Plus you can always look at the TV Guide at tvguide.oakcresttv.com.

RAC the Vote

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

With the national election out of the way, Oak Crest looks toward voting in another one as the community prepares for the Resident Advisory Council election. This nine-member board of residents acts as liaisons between the residents of Oak Crest and the Administration team.

The RAC Elections are held every year with member’s terms being two years long. The election alternates between four and five open positions each year. This year, eight candidates are running to represent the residents. The candidates include Cathy Brodersen, David Cuneo, Harold Forst, Bill Hodges, Charles Jednorski, Bernice Lehr, Bill Litsinger, and Dee Real.

Posters in the community lobbies have the pictures and short biographies for each of the candidates, but sometimes it’s good to hear the words from the candidate’s mouths themselves, and Oak Crest TV is giving you that chance. On Thursday, November 17; Saturday, November 19; Friday, November 25; and Saturday, November 26, Oak Crest TV will air interview done with each of the candidates by resident Jim Wetzel.

Wetzel discusses their past, their hobbies & interests, their qualifications, and what department they’d like to work with if elected to the RAC. Be sure to tune in on each day at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM to see the show and meet the candidates. The show will also be available on Saturday, November 19 at www.oakcresttv.com.

Costumes & Canines

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

Oak Crest pooches and people alike were on parade the last few weeks as Oak Crest saw two great events that helped to display some of the outstanding features of Oak Crest: The Oak Crest Canine Cup and the Oak Crest Halloween Costume Contest.

On October 27th, Oak Crest Residents brought out their furry friends to compete in the community’s semi-annual Canine Cup. A dozen of Oak Crest’s top canines competed in categories such as Best Costume, Best Trick, and Waggiest Tail, but the top prize was the coveted Best in Show. Dogs were rated on Oak Crest’s famous ‘Four Paw System.’

“Oak Crest is pet-friendly retirement community with common sense ownership rules in place,” stated Jeff Getek, public affairs manager, and show host. “We understand that pets, particularly dogs, are really like members of the family for people of all ages. Every day, it’s fun to watch residents socialize as they are walking their dogs around our loop road.”

But dogs weren’t the only ones on display as on Monday, October 31st the residents and staff participated in the annual Halloween Costume Contest. Some creative and creepy costumes crossed the Auditorium stage in this annual Media Arts presentation. First, Second, and Third place prizes were awarded in both resident and staff divisions. There was also a prize for the most creative costume.

To find out the winners of the Canine Cup and the Halloween Costume Contest be sure to tune in to Oak Crest Now this week. The Halloween Costumes Contest will air on Monday, November 7 and the Canine Cup will air on Thursday, November 10. Both shows will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. They will also be available the following day at www.oakcresttv.com.