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Register for 2022 SPAN Turkey Trot - Saturday November 5th

RACE DAY - Saturday, November 5th

Where: Kinder Farm Park

When: Can start to arrive at 7:30am

Start Times:   5k Race Time: 9:00am

                       1 Mile Fun Walk: 9:30am

Parking is available at Kinder Farm Park (fee to enter park will not be collected for registered participants).

Packet Pick-Up Information: Friday, November 4th, 5-7PM, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park (located behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church) You may also pickup your packet the morning of the race, but remember to arrive early to allow time.

Register for the race here:  SPAN Turkey Trot active registration

Sponsorships are still available for another couple of weeks - For more information, email: [email protected]

A huge thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level:

Team Caropreso

Severna Park Automotive

Gold Level:

Blue Cedar Consulting

Bug Squashers of Maryland

Long & Foster Severna Park Office

Silver Level:

Alexis Lecouras / Edward Jones

Bank of Glen Burnie

Chesapeake Hearing Centers

Creative Dance Force

Severna Park Tap House

Shore United Bank

Bronze Level:

Bay Hills Eye Care

Cafe Mezzanotte

Fit4Mom Chesapeake

Gardiner & Appel

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi

McDonalds


Broadway Bonanza Benefiting SPAN!

Broadway Bonanza

 A Cabaret Performance to Benefit SPAN

Created and performed by Severna Park Native, Laurette Hankins-O’Connell Pianist/Duet Singer: Anita O’Connor

An exuberant and occasionally irreverent salute to a wide array of Broadway musicals of the 20th century. This upbeat “backstage tour” includes a smorgasbord of showtunes hand- picked from more than six decades of Broadway’s best.

 

 

  

REVIEW from Capital Gazette, June 2019: “Blessed with an extraordinary voice, great comedic timing and a generous spirit…Gifted with wit and self-deprecating humor, Hankins-O’Connell charmed the audience” -- Sharon Lee Tegler

 

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)

Severna Park Community Center

Boone Station Hall, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park

A one hour show with an intermission

Tickets:  $25

100% of the net proceeds goes to support SPAN

Concessions and wine will be available for cash-only purchase.
Silent auction items will be available by check or PayPal.

Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance using check or PayPal. You may mail a check to SPAN, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD 21146 or you may pay via PayPal at [email protected] . In the message section, state that your payment is for the show, and indicate how many seats you want. Questions: email [email protected].

 


Great Time Celebrating at the 4th of July Parade!

It was great to see everyone at the 4th of July Parade! We love our community!

Thank you to Chartwell Young Leaders who joined with us for the event and a huge thank you to all along the parade route who donated! This is a slow time of year for our pantry donations. Thank you for helping! It was wonderful to see everyone along the parade route!


2022 Stride for SPAN - 10th Annual Turkey Trot Coming November 5th!

SPAN has one primary fundraiser for the year - our 5K Turkey Trot. After a two year hiatus it is returning! Our 10th Annual Stride for SPAN will be held at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday November 5, 2022!

Currently we are looking for sponsors. As a SPAN sponsor, you or your company or organization will make a difference in the lives of local individuals and families in need. Your sponsorship dollars go directly to funding SPAN. We keep expenses at a minimum to maximize helping those in our local communities. There are four levels of sponsorship for this great community event!

We are also looking for volunteers to join us in planning the event. All sorts of opportunities available - let me know if you would like to join the fun planning team!

Go to active.com and look for SPAN to register for this race at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville, MD.

Click here to register for the race on www.active.com


Opportunity to Provide Easter Dinner Baskets

SPAN's huge Holiday Caring Program is for Thanksgiving and Christmas and thanks to our generous community we were able to provide food and gifts for many families again this year! Thank you!

We would like to provide some of our clients with food for an Easter Dinner celebration and have put together a SignUp Genius link for that opportunity. The link is below. The food list is chosen to provide as many of the items as possible needed to complete some traditional Easter dinner foods - and a grocery gift card to cover the other parts.

Click Here to Sign Up to Provide Easter Dinner Food

You may drop off the box of food at SPAN, Monday - Thursday from 9am-2pm. Drive around to our back and we will meet you at the porch door. Call to let us know you are there 410-647-0889. Please deliver the food by Thursday March 24th. Thank you!


Severna Park United Methodist Church Donates an Amazing Amount of Food with "Reverse Advent" Bags

A huge thank you to Severna Park United Methodist Church! This is their 4th year of doing a "Reverse Advent" program in December. Church members fill our blue SPAN bags with food items each day during advent. More than 200 bags were returned this year filled with food! Our office was filled several times around Christmas with the delivery of the bags! Thank you especially to Francie and Carl Seaman, Donna Barnabe and Bob Wimbrow for organizing and delivering the bags.


Holiday Schedule - Come by the 23rd


Thanks for Making the Holidays Brighter!

Thanks to our very generous community, SPAN was able to help over 150 families with Thanksgiving meals and over 170 families (300 children) with Christmas food and gifts for the children! The support from the community was tremendous! So many individuals, businesses and community groups came together to help others!

In addition to the food and gifts for Christmas, two of our amazing volunteers made ornaments to give to many of the families, The Blended Essentials put together gift bags for all of the mothers and we had several Christmas trees to give thanks to the SUN Networking Group!

Thank you so much to everyone who made our Holiday Caring possible, many more than I can name - both those who contributed items and those who gave time to make it possible! So many contributed to making this event a success! You were a blessing to so many and I wish I could pass along all of the appreciation from those receiving!

Merry Christmas!


Fall Fun at the Shoptoberfest Shop Local Event in Severna Park!

It was great to see everyone at the Shop Local Shoptoberfest event on Saturday October 23rd! Thank you to Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce and others who organized it!

Lots of children enjoyed playing our fishing game. And it was a great opportunity to talk with community members about SPAN.

SPAN raised more than $200 that day including a generous donation from Kwon's Tae Kwon Do! Thank you to our great community members who gave! Thank you also to students from the Severna Park High School Thespian Society for helping at the booth and to Rolly Pollies, WEBBY Dance Company Annapolis, Eco Adventures and Music Together Chesapeake for our wonderful raffle prizes!

There were lots of creative costumes in both the kid and dog costume contests.

It was beautiful weather and a fun day - we enjoyed being in the community and sharing about SPAN!


Severn School Delivers Van Packed Full of Food - 3 Times in the Week!

Thank you Severn School for your amazing Spirit Week donation of food for SPAN! Every year Severn School collects food for SPAN during their Spirit Week. The generous donations help fill our shelves and provide help to those in need locally.

The van was packed full of food and toiletries and came to unload three times during the week! The last time there was so much food that they brought a 2nd truck also!

Severn School thank you so much for all that you do for SPAN and our clients!

 


Ribbon Cutting for SPAN's New Porch Roof!

September 28, 2021, we celebrated the new roof over our back porch with a ribbon cutting! Thank you so much Landmark Roofing for the roof! It is so helpful especially as we head into winter. It rained a little that day to help us all appreciate even more the usefulness of the roof!

For the last year plus we have used our back porch as a drive up method of delivering the food to clients. The porch railing was modified to allow us to pass through boxes of food that can be packed ahead of time.

Below are before and after photos showing the umbrella we had and now a roof!

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Landmark Roofing and also to our many wonderful volunteers!


Holidays are Coming! - SPAN's Holiday Caring Program

Now that students have headed back to school and pumpkins are everywhere, many are starting to count down the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas. But many families worry about Thanksgiving and Christmas because they can't afford a large meal and gifts for their children. Unforeseen circumstances, such as a car accident, illness or job loss can throw family budgets into crisis mode. At SPAN, we help ease the burden a bit.

Please consider becoming a sponsor - you will be matched with a SPAN client family to purchase the food and or gifts for the family and deliver to SPAN for distribution. Sponsors have the option of sending SPAN a tax deductible donation or gift cards.

For more information please email us at [email protected] or 410-647-0889. You can also print the form below, complete it and return it to us.

Thank you for your generosity!

 


New Roof for SPAN's Porch!

SPAN has been using our back porch as a drive up way to distribute food. It has been great and just made even better when Landmark Roofing gifted SPAN with a new roof over the porch. Very much appreciated especially on rainy days and the upcoming winter! Thank you Landmark Roofing!

We are going to celebrate the new top to the porch with Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce and a ribbon cutting here on Tuesday September 28th at noon. Please join us, and if you can, bring a monetary or canned food donation to stock our shelves and help clients facing evictions. Thank you in advance!

Below are the before and after pictures. You can how the porch is used to give our clients boxes of food and the great protection from the elements that the roof will provide.


Great Donation from Vacation Bible School!

What a nice Monday morning surprise! I arrived to a huge donation from the Vacation Bible School at Severna Park United Methodist. So nice to see all the children helping to contribute! Thank you so much!


Great night at Anne Arundel County Eastern District: National Night Out

We had a wonderful night at the Eastern District National Night Out. It was so much fun to see the kids' faces as they enjoyed our fishing game. I asked one what she imagined her bait was and she said "Cupcakes! Red velvet cupcakes!" Her rod immediately connected with a fish! Another child smiled as she said she would use gummy worms to catch her fish! Lots of smiles as they hooked and pulled up fish.

The SPAN bathtub costume received lots of attention. We were highlighting that SPAN helps with emergency financial assistance for utility shut offs, evictions and medical expenses in addition to food. 

 


Severna Park United Methodist Youth Food Frenzy for SPAN

The Youth Group from the Severna Park United Methodist Church was not able to go on their annual service project trip to Appalachia this year. Instead one of the projects they are doing is a food collection for SPAN. Look at all the food they collected! They also used our wish list and the boxes contained many of our most needed items. A huge thank you to the Severna Park United Methodist Youth Group!


Another Wonderful Severna Park Independence Day Parade!

We had a wonderful time marching in the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce's Independence Day Parade! It was great to be in the parade and see many of our amazing volunteers and community members who support SPAN!

A big thank you to Kathy Taylor, Nancy Stow, Chris Haines and Diane Byus for helping to prepare our materials and to Carolyn Smith for braving the heat and walking with us.

Once again SPAN partnered with Chartwell Young Leaders. We had a fun float with the youth hitting golf balls and playing tennis. We won 2nd place in the Non-Profit category! A huge thank you to Marci Flynn, her team and all of the youth! With their help and the generous community we collected food and financial donations during the parade.

 


SPAN Receives $1,000 of Diehl's Gift Cards From Anonymous Donor

Thanks to a very generous local donor, SPAN received $1,000 worth of Diehl's Produce gift cards. A local community member purchased 20 $50 gift cards and donated them all to SPAN so our clients can enjoy fresh produce from our favorite local source! 

 


Welcome to SPAN's New Directors, Maia Grabau and Michele Sabean

Please join us in welcoming our new SPAN directors, Maia Grabau, director of operations, and Michele Sabean, director of development. We know both of these women will be great assets to SPAN and will keep it running smoothly. Please feel free to reach out to either of them at [email protected]

Maia has 20 years of experience as a pastor’s wife and serving in church leadership in a variety of settings. She has ministered to people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds from the projects to the streets of Baltimore and more. She has deep compassion for the poor and those who are broken. She also has been a content writer for N2 Publishing area magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from California State University and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. She is married to David and is the proud mother of four grown children.

Michele Sabean has a bachelors degree in mathematics from Smith College and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Previously Michele has worked as Director of Operations for a Charter School Operator in Baltimore City and as a Program Manager developing math and reading tutoring programs. She has experience training and teaching in a variety of settings. She is a member of Our Lady of the Fields Church and has taught Faith Formation classes there for many years. Michele also enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and dabbling in art and other creative projects. She and her husband John are raising their two sons in Crownsville, where they have lived for more than 15 years.
Welcome Maia and Michele!

SPAN Voted "Best Nonprofit for 2021"

Thank you to all who voted for SPAN for Best Nonprofit in the 2021 Severna Park Voice "Best of Severna Park" reader poll! We are proud to be accepting this title for the third year in a row, but we could not do it without our fabulous supporters and donors!

 

 


Scouting for Food Yields Mountains of Food for SPAN

Thank you to the local Scout Packs and Troops in our community for making SPAN the recipient of your #ScoutingForFood drive. We were blown away by the amount of food we received, and also by the efficiency by which the endeavor was run. Thank you Troop 918 (Severna Park Elks #2482), Troop 993 (Severna Park United Methodist Church), Pack 688 (Shipley's Choice), Severna Park Teen FASA (Michele Seebold - Teen Food Allergy Support and Awareness), and Troop 1644.


Good Neighbors Group S(o)uper Bowl Food Drive is a Huge Success!

How can we begin to thank our local community for the outpouring of generosity during the Good Neighbors Group #souperbowlfooddrive - We have never seen anything like it! Even though the bounty was shared with the #WestAnnapolisPopUpPantry and the #tylerheightspopuppantry, SPAN is still bursting at the seams!
Despite cancelling the delivery on Super Bowl Sunday due to the snow, the neighborhood captains faithfully came through the four days following; many even adding to their food collections during the extra time! Not sure who the "winning" neighborhood is, but it is clear that we are all winners!
Heartfelt gratitude and a loud BRAVO to organizer Julie Shay for setting everything up.

Clement Hardware Makes Generous Donation to SPAN

 

 

Wow, talk about a gift! Clement Hardware donated 20 cases of face masks and 2,500 bottles of hand sanitizer! Not only do we now have enough to put these essential items in every food box, but there were also enough to share with Asbury Assistance network, Light House - Homeless Prevention Support Center, and My Brother's Pantry. Thank you Clement's for always being a loyal supporter of SPAN!


SPAN Will be Closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3



SPAN, Inc. (Serving People Across Neighborhoods)
400 Benfield Rd.
Severna Park, MD 21146

Please mail checks to:
PO Box 626
Severna Park, MD 21146

Phone: 410-647-0889
Fax: 410-647-7724
Email: [email protected]
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-1:30pm