SILVER SPRING, MD—A moonlit summer night in Madrid? No, but it was a virtual experience for those attending the 14th Annual Gala at Riderwood, the Erickson Living retirement community, on August 23rd.
Over two hundred residents, employees and friends of Riderwood wore their black-tie best for Gala Flamenco, the theme of this year’s event. Proceeds from the gala supported the community’s Benevolent Care Fund.
“The Annual Gala is a celebration of a beautiful form of generosity, neighbors helping neighbors,” stated Chip Warner, Executive Director. “The campus looked terrific in showcasing the evening’s vibrant theme, and it was rewarding to help others in a warm setting amongst friends.”
Attendees experienced all the gala had to offer. Riderwood’s Maryland Hall featured dancing and live entertainment presented by the Olney Big Band and a specially-planned menu prepared by the Riderwood Dining Department. Live performances also featured an aria and a flamenco dance.
During the ceremony, Fiona Divecha, Philanthropy Manager, announced that $297,575 has been raised during the 2013 Benevolent Care Fund drive, with more than $196,000 coming from resident contributions.
“I would like to thank the Gala Committee members plus our residents, vendors and friends for their kind donations,” noted Ms. Divecha. “It is heartwarming that our donors put the ‘unity’ in community by standing up for those who need a helping hand.”
The Benevolent Care Fund provides the confidential assistance that allows residents who have experienced unforeseen financial burdens to remain at Riderwood, assuring that they will receive the care they deserve.