Creating 50 Years of Television Through Our Residents

Sept29headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

These days are ours
Happy and free! (Oh Happy Days)

….So sit back and relax, because you’re about to travel through 50 years of television!

This past month, Community Resources teamed up with the Philanthropy Department, The TV Studio, and team of one, Jeff Getek, to create something that is going to blow everyone away: A 2018 Resident Calendar.

So what does that mean exactly? Take a look at the picture below:

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Do you recognize those faces? Those are your fellow Oak Crest Residents acting as characters from the ever popular TV Show, Gilligan’s Island!

For 2018, an idea popped up about creating a calendar full of popular TV shows, using our residents as characters. And let me tell you, this was no small project.

Nadine Wellington, Josh Runkles, Stacey Schiano, and Jeff Getek had multiple meetings about how to approach this idea to create something so special to Oak Crest.

First, they needed to establish which TV Shows would be showcased. Then, which residents most closely resembled the characters in those TV shows. Next, the costumes, the makeup, the hair, the poses, etc! Months and months of planning that resulted in 3 days of photo shoots, hours of editing, and many, many, many revisions, to create one amazing calendar.

It was incredible to see how each resident transformed into their character when they walked into the studio. I had so much fun taking their pictures because they were having so much fun! For those few minutes, we got to travel back in time to when that TV show took place and really bring that to life.

Below are some behind the scene shots that were taken during the photo shoots.

EdSullivan_1.jpgJohn Gregory: The Ed Sullivan

IMG_0367.jpgLud Lankford, Elaine Lankford, Sonia Purol, Dennis Hoover: I Love Lucy

Bonanza_2.jpgBob Gralley, Bill Metzger, Jack Orth, Jim Fennesey: Bonanza

Thank you to everyone who helped!! Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, October 6th at 10AM to hear more about the calendar making process, along with some amazing stories from our residents. The show will also be available online the following day at


 Wednesday, October 18th from 3:30PM to 6PM outside of each dining lobby
Friday, November 3rd at the Treasure Chest Christmas Sale from 10AM to 2PM in the lobby of Erickson Hall
Cost: 1 calendar for $12 or 2 calendars for $20

All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund


Love at the Gala

Sept22Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

I think everyone was showing some love at the Love Boat themed Gala last Saturday. From the extensive balloon decorations, to the food, to karaoke in the Acorn, I think it was a fact that everyone had a great time.

The night started off with appetizers upstairs where everyone mingled with other residents and staff and enjoyed all the wonderful decorations and raffles. Then, the cruise horn blew and it was time for everyone to head downstairs to hear a few words from Stacey and Captain, Mark Roussey.

The night then kicked off with some dancing and wonderful food! We had it all; steak, crab cakes, tuna, mashed potatoes, veggies…and so much more but I have to stop naming them because it’s making me hungry! And of course, who can forget about all the different desserts.

Around 9PM the Acorn transformed into the Karaoke Lounge where everyone was cheering and singing in their best voice to their favorite songs. Don’t worry, we got that on film 🙂 The casino was packed as well, as residents, staff, and family tried to win big!

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Friday, September 29th to follow Josh Runkles around as he makes his way through Crestview Hall. The show will also be available the following day at


Resident Life Updates: The Farewell Edition

Sept15Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

With the month of September coming to a close, Director of Resident Life, Catherine Cohen, will also be closing a chapter of her life.

On Monday, September 25th, Catherine will begin her new role as an Administrator in Training under the guidance of Heather Uttenreither who is the Director of Continuing Care. Even though she will no longer be the Director of Resident Life, you’ll still see her face around campus.

The picture above shows Catherine with the managers of Resident Life, who each ask her a few questions during the show. You’ll find out what Catherine wanted to do as a child, what the next race she wants to run is, and what her favorite memory was in Resident Life. There were many laughs…but there were also some tears.

We don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll have to watch Channel 973 on Friday, September 22nd at 10AM to find out more!

If you miss the 10AM episode, you can always watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The episode will also be available the following day at

Best of luck, Catherine!

2018 Overnight Trips



2017 has been a great year so far with trips, events, and so much more! But, wait until you see what’s in store for 2018.

Tina Moskunas stopped by our studio with some updates on amazing trips for the next year, and let me tell you, I want to go on all of them! The best part about signing up for these trips is you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Golden Travel Services, LLC. plans the entire trip, covering the cost of excursions, meals, tips, and anything else you can think of. Most of the trips discussed have escorts that will lead you to and from your destination so you don’t have to worry about getting lost or meeting the group. On some of the trips there will be an escort for the entire duration in case residents need extra help.

Now, I don’t want to spoil what some of the trips are so I’m going to post some pictures below of places that we discussed in the show. The only catch is I’m not going to tell you where they are from! You’ll have to watch to figure out 🙂 But they are truly beautiful!




See? I bet you are dying to know where these places are!! Don’t worry, you can find out on Tuesday, September 12th at 10AM. And if you miss that time, you can watch again at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, or midnight. The program will also be available online the following day at

Hurricane Harvey

Sept1Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

This past week the city of Houston experienced what many are calling one of the worst disasters in Texas history; Hurricane Harvey.

This is the first major hurricane of 2017, causing more destruction and upset than anyone could have imagined. So far, there have been 39 confirmed deaths and thousands of houses completely destroyed. Recover from this hurricane is expected to take many years.

On Thursday, August 7th, Josh Runkles and Jeff Getek sit down to discuss what happened in Texas and the effects the storm has on Eagles Trace. In case many residents are unaware, there is an Erickson Community in Houston, named Eagles Trace. Thankfully, this community did not undergo flooding, but they were still right in the midst of everything. Many employees could not get back to their house because the roads were too flooded to drive.

Eagles Trace has been in contact with Corporate and many other members of the Erickson Community throughout the entire catastrophe. I think this is something that makes Erickson so special; no matter what the circumstance, no matter where, members of Erickson will be there to support them in any way they can.

Below are some pictures taken from Hurricane Harvey






Make sure you tune into Channel 973 on Thursday, August 7th to find out more specific details and how Houston will rebuild. The episode will also be available the following day at