Great Cause for a Great Community

Dec1Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

It’s that time of year again! The 9th Benevolent Care Fund Telethon is back on Friday, December 8th! We’ve changed things up a bit, so instead of going live for 4 hours, we will now be on the air for 3. But do not worry, it will be a shorter show with greater content, so mark your calendars now.

The TV Studio and Philanthropy Department have been planning a great day for the past few months. We will be having raffles on the half hour, prizes throughout the entire day, and a special performances and skits featuring some of your favorite staff and residents.

But wait, there’s more! Does the name Ken Singleton ring a bell? Former Orioles baseball player? Current sports commentator? Here, I’ll include a picture below to help

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Ahhh yes, now you remember, right? Well lucky for Oak Crest he will be here during the Telethon! Jeff Getek will be talking to him about his career in baseball, his current job as a sports commentator, and so much more. Make sure you tune in next Friday to see his interview.

I won’t say much more because I don’t want to ruin the surprises, but you definitely do not want to miss this day. If you want to see the action live, come down and peek in the windows and see what’s going on!

The Telethon will be live next Friday, December 8th from 10AM to 1PM. If you are able, please call in and donate to the Benevolent Care Fund, we would love to hear from you.

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Armchair Travel: Utah

Nov24Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

This past March I went out to Utah with my roommate from college, and let me tell you, it was quite the time. I learned a lot about myself, about nature…and that Utah is a very, very interesting place.

We started off our trip in Salt Lake City and made our way down the state, eventually ending in Las Vegas. The first stop we made was a place called Antelope Island. The day was rainy and cloudy so it wasn’t the best start to the trip, but we did get to see so much water and the Great Salt Lake!

The next day we woke up and headed to Park City to meet up with a few of our sorority sisters to go skiing. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip. When they say there is nothing like West Coast skiing, they are right.

Then we made a 4 hour trek to Moab, where we spent two days visiting Canyonlands and Arches National Park. It was here at Canyonlands that I thought I would not make it back to Baltimore. To hear the story, you’ll have to watch the show on Monday.

After Moab, we drove another few hours to a very small town called Torrey where we went to a park called Capitol Reef. We spent one night here and went horseback riding near the back of the park.

Next, we drove another 2 hours until we hit Bryce Canyon; a huge highlight of the trip. We had beautiful weather the entire day of hiking, which was nice since some of the other days were rainy.

After Bryce, we hit our final destination on the trip; Zion National Park. It was a huge bummer because it was raining the entire day at the park causing some of the trails to close. We ate lunch at a cute little brewery in the park, then went to get our race bibs for our half marathon the next day.

I won’t bore you with the details of the race, but it was definitely not what we were expecting for a half marathon…

After we ran, we drove the last leg of the trip; about 3 hours to Las Vegas. No better way to end a trip.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and I’m so glad I made it out to Utah. To hear more about my trip make sure to watch Channel 973 on Monday, November 27th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

My talk on Utah & Las Vegas will be the following day in the Auditorium on Tuesday, November 28th at 7PM. Hope to see you all there!

The Reformation at 500 Years

Nov17Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

A few weeks ago in Erickson Hall, Catholic scholar Rosann Catalano and Protestant scholar Christopher Leighton led a great discussion that got many residents thinking.

The dynamic duo kept the conversation light and funny, but also touched on many important concepts stemming from the Catholic and Protestant groups. Some of these topics included what to expect from the church in the coming years, the idea of the Bible and Mary, and why young people are not as involved.

Since the program ran about an hour and 45 minutes, the show will air in two parts on Tuesday, November 21st and Wednesday, November 22nd. The program will also be available 24 hours after it airs on oakcresttv.com.

We Honor You

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BY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

This past Thursday seats were filled with Oak Crest residents, but more importantly, Oak Crest Veterans. This day was to honor you and thank you for your service.

The event started with three residents marching down the aisle in Erickson Hall. Then, we sang the National; Anthem, and Jim Truitt led us in prayer.

Next, Executive Director, Mark Roussey, spoke and told everyone “thank you” and said what a special day this was. It was great to see the entire hall filled with residents, their family members, and staff.

After Mark spoke, resident, Louise Kaufman, recited a powerful poem that then led into a very thrilling performance by Charles Wissinger. He portrayed Audie Murphy, most decorated soldier from World War II. Everyone was taken aback at how great his performance was.

As Charles Wissinger left the stage, The Benfield Brass Band grabbed their instruments and played a number of patriotic songs. Like they do most years, when they played the medley of all the Armed Forces songs, each resident stood for their branch.

It was a day filled of true patriotism and it was great to see those Oak Crest residents honored.

The program will air on Wednesday, November 15th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.

Meet the Candidates

Nov3Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

It’s that time of the year again to elect your new representatives to the Resident Advisory Council. These are the elected residents who act as a liaison between residents and staff, mostly focusing on the areas of each Executive Team member.

This year, there are 8 residents running for 5 positions on the RAC. You, the residents, will get to cast your ballot and decide who you would like to see on the Council.

If you haven’t already, make sure you stop by the lobby in each community to read more about the candidates and find out more about their background.

The show will air on Friday, November 10th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com. We will re-air the program the following Friday, November 17th right before elections take place.