Around the Community – April 2019

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Riderwood recognizes generous vendors at breakfast

A collective of Riderwood staff members got together to recognize the various Riderwood vendors that made contributions to the Riderwood Benevolent Care Fund in 2018 as part of the Business Partner Recognition Breakfast on February 26 in the Chesapeake Room at Montgomery Station. During the event, Philanthropy Manager Fiona Divecha spoke on the importance of the gifts these vendors donate to the community. Volunteer Programs Coordinator Judy Felsenfeld then presented Dan Sweeney, owner of Cypress Contracting, the 2018 Riderwood Business Partner Award. Each year Cypress Contracting generously donates $20,000 to the Riderwood Benevolent Care Fund. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Clubs & groups take flight at annual Opportunities Fair

More than 300 residents attended the Opportunities Fair at Riderwood. The annual event gives groups the opportunity to introduce themselves to newer residents and get more residents involved. The theme for this year’s event was “Space” so residents could shoot for the stars. The event was also an opportunity for the Community Resources Team to start distribution of the 2019 Community Resources Handbook which includes information on the over 250 clubs, groups, organizations, and volunteer opportunities available to residents of Riderwood. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Acousti-Cats team up with schoolchildren for ukulele fun

The Riderwood resident ukulele group was joined at their March 6 practice by some special guests. 19 third graders from Stedwick Elementary School came to visit the campus as part of an intergenerational event aimed at demonstrating the power of connecting people through music. The third graders’ teacher, Mary Ruth McGinn, organized the event after reading about the Riderwood Acousti-Cats in the Erickson Tribune newspaper. The students have been practicing the ukulele for the past few months.

The Riderwood residents performed a few songs for the students and vice versa, before the entire group sang a collection of tunes as well, including an original song written by the students titled, “The Wall.” The original song is about perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Dining Services relaunches “Elegant Dinner” program

The Dining Services department recently brought back the “Elegant Dinner with the Chef” event on March 19 in the Chesapeake Room at Montgomery Station. Residents had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious four course meal prepared by Executive Chef Chad Wisner. Approximately 22 residents attended the event, and the Dining Services team expects the number of guests to continue to climb for future events of this type.  (Photos by Chris Taydus)

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