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SPAN is Beneficiary of Severna Park Giant Community Bag Program for April

SPAN has been selected as the beneficiary of the Severna Park Giant Community Bag Program for April! Each time this $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Severna Park Giant Food (573 Ritchie Hwy., next to Kohls) during the month of April, SPAN will receive a $1 donation.
 
The bags are available at various registers and at the reusable bag rack. If you are having trouble finding the bag, ask the store manager where the Giant Food Community Bag is located and they will be happy to show you!
 
Thank you Severna Park Giant Food! You have been incredibly generous to SPAN over the years, and we appreciate this additional help during these trying times!
 

SPAN is Here to Help During the State of Emergency Caused by the Coronavirus

PLEASE NOTE: We are making decisions one day at a time, and will modify our operations based on recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health. Please check SPAN's Facebook page for our most current updates. SPAN Facebook Page

To our friends and followers: SPAN is committed to serving its community in a way that will maximize benefits while minimizing risk during the coronavirus state of emergency. We will operate during our normal hours, from 10:00am to 1:30pm, until further notice. However, our doors will remain locked. We will conduct transactions through our window, and will streamline the assistance process.

MyBGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges until at least May 1. Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has suspended water turnoffs indefinitely. The Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office is not enforcing evictions during this state of emergency.

We anticipate money being our most pressing concern because many local families will be out of work because of layoffs or to care for their children who are home from school. When this crisis is over, we will probably have a large demand for financial assistance with utility shutoffs and evictions.

For the present time, our pantry is well stocked, and we can prepare food bags that clients can pick up from our back porch after they have "checked in." Existing clients and new clients should call first to make sure we can help them. 410-647-0889. We have hand sanitizer and gloves for our personal use, so we will ensure that all food is kept safe. Our food areas are Severna Park, Millersville, Broadneck, and Arnold. We can offer emergency food to those who have no other source. 

Check our facebook page for updates. 

Please check our Amazon wish list if you'd like to donate needed items: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3161UWH8YXH6Z…

Other trusted resources:

https://www.aacounty.org/coronavirus/

http://aacpsschools.org/pressr/…

 

 


Kathy Berge Named President of SPAN's Executive Board of Directors

Kathy Berge of St. Martins-In-The-Field Episcopal Church was named president of SPAN's Executive Board of Directors on January 13, 2020. Her term will last for two years.

Kathy is an Occupational Therapist by profession, who has practiced in the field of psychiatry in Baltimore. Kathy previously served on SPAN's Board of Directors, representing St. Martins-in-the Field. She has been involved with nonprofits for more than 40 years, and is on St. Martin's Outreach Committee, coordinates St. Martin's Winter Relief service for Arundel House of Hope, and currently provides pro bono services to families in need. Kathy has sat on the Board of Directors for multiple organizations for many years and has chaired the Charity Committee for the Foundation for Families. She is currently helping family members set up a charity in Cecil County. We look forward to working with Kathy and continuing to serve our neighbors in need under her leadership.

SPAN's Executive Board for 2020-2022: Kathy Berge-president (St. Martin's), Mike Monahan-vice president(Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church), Karen Hall-secretary (Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church), and John Howland-treasurer (Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park).

Sharon Tegler from The Capital newspaper recently wrote a great article about Kathy's new position with SPAN. You can read it by clicking here

 


Severna Park United Methodist Church Donates More than 350 "Reverse Advent" Bags

For the third year in a row, Severna Park United Methodist Church has sponsored a "Reverse Advent" program, where members of their congregation are given a SPAN bag on the first Sunday of Advent, and instructed to put one item in it every day for SPAN. This year, 352 filled bags were returned, but in reality, there were more, because families added extra bags of their own to their SPAN bags. Our house was bursting at the seams with all the food and toiletries, but that's a wonderful thing! Thanks to Francie and Carl Seaman for spearheading this program, and thanks to the generous donors from SPUMC for their kindness! 


SPAN President Ted Florenz Named Volunteer of the Month by The Voice

We are so proud of SPAN's president of the Board of Directors, Ted Florenz, for being chosen as this month's Volunteer of the Month by the Severna Park Voice newspaper! Ted is finishing up his second two-year term, and we will be sad to see him go, but he has promised to continue being a volunteer! Thanks, Ted, for always giving 110% for SPAN!

To read the article with an interview with Ted, click here: https://www.severnaparkvoice.com/stories/span-volunteer-proud-to-serve-community,30433?


Tree Lightings and Santa's Arrival in Severna Park This Friday, Dec. 6!

Christmas is coming to Severna Park this Friday, Dec. 6! Be sure and visit SPAN at both of these events. SPAN will be collecting hats, gloves, scarves and socks of all sizes at the Chamber. Then at Park Plaza, SPAN will be collecting cash donations in exchange for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!
 
From 5-6:30, there will be a Tree Lighting and open house at the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce, complete with the Grinch, entertainment, a DJ, goodies, and more! Then head over to see the model trains. The Tree Lighting will be at 5:30 at 1 Holly Avenue in Severna Park. Bring warm hats, gloves, scarves, and socks to donate to SPAN.
 
At 6:00 at Park Plaza, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by firetruck, but you can arrive early if you want to get a head start on your scavenger hunt! This celebration will have its own Tree Lighting, raffles and prizes, and entertainment by local musical groups and performers. And of course don't forget to get your photo taken with Santa at The Honey Baked Ham Company (Severna Park - 560-H Ritchie Hwy). Photos are free with a donation to SPAN.
Merry Christmas!
 

Photos from SPAN's 2019 Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot Fundraiser

     

Thank You to all the Turkey Trot Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers, for Making 2019 the Most Successful Race to Date!

                            Photo by Zach Sparks

Thanks to all of our loyal supporters, the 2019 Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot was our most successful race to date! With a record number of sponsors, donors, and participants, the race grossed over $26,000! This money will all be deposited into SPAN's general fund to be used for local families in need who need assistance with evictions, utility shutoffs and medical/prescription bills.

 

2019 Turkey Trot Sponsors 

 

Platinum ($1,500+)

Alexander Animal Hospital https://www.alexanderanimalhospital.com/

Assured Partners of Maryland - Moscker Insurance Agency https://www.mosckerinsurance.com/   

Severna Park United Methodist Church https://severnaparkumc.org/

SPAN Volunteers donated over $3,000!

 

Gold ($1,000)

Severn Bank https://severnbank.com/

Severna Park Automotive https://www.severnaparkautomotive.com/

Honeybaked Ham Severna Park https://myhoneybakedstore.com/home/

Chick-Fil-a Severna Park https://www.chick-fil-a.com/locations/md/severna-park

 

Silver ($500)

Long & Foster of Severna Park - Tim Blanchfield https://www.longandfoster.com/Office/OfficeInfo.aspx?OfficeID=102298

RockWell Fitness https://www.rwfitness.com/

The Matt Wyble Team - Century 21 New Millennium https://www.c21nm.com/teams/matt-wyble-team/

First County Mortgage SOMD https://www.firstcountymortgage.com/Find-A-Branch/Severna-Park,-MD

Marathon Real Estate https://www.annearundellistings.com/

McDonald’s Severna Park https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/restaurant-locator.html

Chesapeake Hearing Centers https://www.helpyourhearing.com/

Fence and Deck Connection https://www.fenceanddeckconnection.com/

Edward Jones Alexis P Lecouras, CFP®, AMS https://www.edwardjones.com/financial-advisor/

Russell, Deasey, Wright & Zitofsky, DDS http://www.thetoothplace.com/

Wright Orthodontics https://www.orthowright.com/

The Bank of Glen Burnie  https://www.thebankofglenburnie.com/

Julie Antinucci and family

Squisito http://www.squisitopizzaandpasta.com/

 

Bronze ($250)

Broadneck Pharmacy https://broadneckrx.net/

Environmental Automotive https://www.environmentalautoservices.com/

Millersville Auto Body https://severnaparkautobody.com/

Lighthouse Car Wash https://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse-Carwash-121148157969889/

Charter Title http://www.chartertitlemd.com/

Savvy Consignment http://savvyconsignment.com/

Paul J. Kinsey, DDS https://www.drpaulkinsey.com/

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi http://jingying.org/

Dr. Brian D. Valle, DDS https://www.drbrianvalle.com/

McCarl Dental Group https://www.mccarldental.com/millersville-dental-office.html

Clement Hardware http://clementhardware.com/

 

Honorable Mention

Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery https://secure.sidestreetframers.com/

Café Mezzanotte https://www.cafemezzanotte.com/ 

Victor and Kathleen Simon

 

2019 Turkey Trot Prize Donors

Old Tyme Barber
Craft American Eatery
Qdoba
Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi
FroYo
The Great American Car Wash
Noodles
Squisitos Severna Park
Park Tavern
Cafe Rio
Magothy Wine & Spirits
Dawsons Liquors
Kyoto Japanese Steak House
Franklin Toys
Adams Ribs
Ledo's Pizza Severna Park
The Breakfast Shoppe
The Big Bean Coffee Shop
Severna Park Lanes
Sophie's Crepes
The Cottage
Lisa's Cakepops


2019 Turkey Trot Food Donors

Be My Guest Catering
Uber Bagels
Dunkin Donuts
Severna Park Giant Food
Severna Park Harris Teeter




Severn School's Spirit Week Food Drive for SPAN Breaks Previous Record

SPAN recently got a wonderful delivery of a 16-foot storage container filled with food and toiletries by Severn School's #SevernServiceSociety. These wonderful students collected over 11,000 items during their Spirit Week right before Homecoming! The classes had a friendly competition to see who could collect the most items, and the senior class won!

 


Sponsor a Family in Need for the Holidays - SPAN Holiday Caring Program

Every day we see the unique challenges facing our neighbors in need. The holidays are no exception. Unfortunately, there are families in our area that have faced an emergency situation this year, leaving them struggling to pay their rent, pay their utility bill, fill a prescription, or buy food. These financial stresses make it difficult or even impossible to provide a holiday dinner or Christmas gifts for their children.

The SPAN Holiday Caring Program helps our neighbors in need by providing assistance with holiday food baskets and gifts for children. In order to provide this assistance, we depend on the generosity of people like you! Please consider becoming a sponsor - you will be matched with a SPAN client family, purchase the food and/or gifts for the family, and deliver the donation to SPAN for distribution. Sponsors also have the option of sending SPAN a tax-deductible donation or gift cards as an alternative to shopping for the items.

To become a sponsor, please complete the attached sponsor form and return it to SPAN. For more information please email us at [email protected] or call us at 410-647-0889 during office hours (M-Th 10-2). Thank you for your help; together we are making a difference every day!

 


Hats Off to the 2019 Turkey Trot Sponsors!

2019 Turkey Trot Sponsors 

 

Platinum ($1,500+)

Alexander Animal Hospital https://www.alexanderanimalhospital.com/

Assured Partners of Maryland - Moscker Insurance Agency https://www.mosckerinsurance.com/   

Severna Park United Methodist Church https://severnaparkumc.org/

SPAN Volunteers donated over $3,000!

 

Gold ($1,000)

Severn Bank https://severnbank.com/

Severna Park Automotive https://www.severnaparkautomotive.com/

Honeybaked Ham Severna Park https://myhoneybakedstore.com/home/

Chick-Fil-a Severna Park https://www.chick-fil-a.com/locations/md/severna-park

 

Silver ($500)

Long & Foster of Severna Park - Tim Blanchfield https://www.longandfoster.com/Office/OfficeInfo.aspx?OfficeID=102298

RockWell Fitness https://www.rwfitness.com/

The Matt Wyble Team - Century 21 New Millennium https://www.c21nm.com/teams/matt-wyble-team/

First County Mortgage SOMD https://www.firstcountymortgage.com/Find-A-Branch/Severna-Park,-MD

Marathon Real Estate https://www.annearundellistings.com/

McDonald’s Severna Park https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/restaurant-locator.html

Chesapeake Hearing Centers https://www.helpyourhearing.com/

Fence and Deck Connection https://www.fenceanddeckconnection.com/

Edward Jones Alexis P Lecouras, CFP®, AMS https://www.edwardjones.com/financial-advisor/

Russell, Deasey, Wright & Zitofsky, DDS http://www.thetoothplace.com/

Wright Orthodontics https://www.orthowright.com/

The Bank of Glen Burnie  https://www.thebankofglenburnie.com/

Julie Antinucci and family

Squisito http://www.squisitopizzaandpasta.com/

 

Bronze ($250)

Broadneck Pharmacy https://broadneckrx.net/

Environmental Automotive https://www.environmentalautoservices.com/

Millersville Auto Body https://severnaparkautobody.com/

Lighthouse Car Wash https://www.facebook.com/Lighthouse-Carwash-121148157969889/

Charter Title http://www.chartertitlemd.com/

Savvy Consignment http://savvyconsignment.com/

Paul J. Kinsey, DDS https://www.drpaulkinsey.com/

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi http://jingying.org/

Dr. Brian D. Valle, DDS https://www.drbrianvalle.com/

McCarl Dental Group https://www.mccarldental.com/millersville-dental-office.html

Clement Hardware http://clementhardware.com/

 

Honorable Mention

Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery https://secure.sidestreetframers.com/

Café Mezzanotte https://www.cafemezzanotte.com/ 

Victor and Kathleen Simon

 

TO SPONSOR: 

Being a sponsor of the Turkey Trot is a great way for a business to promote community good will and show your community that you care about nonprofits. You will receive shout-outs and "tags" on social media outlets by SPAN, and will also have your logo featured on banners, posters, and printed materials. The higher your sponsorship level, the more benefits you get. Read about the different levels on the form below:

 


Trick-or-Treat for SPAN!

We have coin-collecting cans that ghosts and goblins can carry on Halloween to collect money for SPAN in addition to the usual candy. If your little ones would like to do a "good trick" on Halloween, just shoot us an email at [email protected] All you have to do is return the can to us whenever it's convenient. All money collected will be deposited into SPAN's general fund, and will be used to help local families with evictions, utility turnoffs, and medical/prescription expenses.

These cans can also be used to collect change at your office. Just place it in the lobby or by your cash register. Email us at [email protected] when you want us to pick it up!

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Team Caropreso to Host Bull Roast on Sat., Oct. 5 at Reflections to Benefit Span - Sponsorships Available

 

Make checks payable to:  Team Caropreso

Memo: Donation to SPAN and RTACC

Return registration form and payment to:

Attn: Melinda Caropreso

7123 E. Furnace Branch Rd. Ste 200

Glen Burnie, MD 21060

If you need a formal donation receipt, please let us know.

If you have any questions about the Bull Roast, please feel free to contact:

Melinda Caropreso

Direct: 443-375-2737

Office: 410-384-4800

[email protected] 

 



2019 Turkey Trot 5K/1M Coming Saturday, Nov. 16. Registration is open.

SAT., NOV. 16, STRIDE FOR SPAN TURKEY TROT 5K/1M RACE/FUN RUN AT KINDER PARK - REGISTRATION IS OPEN ONLINE. 

RACE DAY - Saturday, November 16th

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 15th, 5-7PM, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park (located behind Our Shepherd Lutheran ChurchYou may also pickup your packet the morning of the race, but remember to arrive early to allow time.

Register for the race here:  https://www.active.com/millersville-md/running/distance-running-races/stride-for-span-2019?int=

Sponsorships are available - For more information, email [email protected].

 

 


Cabaret Fundraiser Brought Broadway to Severna Park

On Saturday night, June 1, Broadway came to Severna Park. Laurette Hankins-O’Connell, a member of the well-known Giddings family and a talented singer and entertainer, put together a cabaret show, Broadway Goes to the Movies, and performed it with pianist Anita O’Connor to a full house at The Holy Grounds Center. All of the proceeds from the show were donated to SPAN.

Laurette trained in musical theater at Duke University and performed professionally in Baltimore and New York. After a “second career” in fundraising and development - she is currently associate dean of development and alumni relations for the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing - she realized she could put her talent to work giving back to her beloved local community. A long-time supporter of SPAN, Laurette concocted a plan to perform a cabaret show and donate all proceeds to help local families with utility turnoffs, eviction prevention and medical/prescription needs.

While searching for an accompanist, Laurette’s friend, former County Executive Janet Owens, connected her to Anita O’Connor, a talented pianist and vocalist who is a music teacher at Indian Creek School. To Laurette’s delight, Anita agreed not only to perform with her, but to also donate her time to the cause.

The show was a whimsical and occasionally irreverent salute to movie musicals. Spirited songs such as “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music and Irving Berlin’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from the show of the same name, had the audience clapping and singing along enthusiastically. Laurette’s wit and humorous anecdotes punctuated the show as she charmed the spectators.

SPAN’s Director of Development Ellen Kinsella decided to maximize the show’s profits by soliciting donations of food and silent auction items from the local business community. This also netted a donation of six copies of Severna Park Reflections, a book of memories about Severna Park, donated by Bay Media’s Pat Troy. All combined, the show brought in about $3,500, which includes $500 that was raised at the last minute of the show when Laurette pledged she would match all donations that came in in the next 60 seconds.

Laurette dedicated the show to her mother, the late Kathie Giddings-Hankins, who was an active member of the Severna Park community for five decades, and associate editor of the aforementioned book, Severna Park Reflections. Kathie grew up in Severna Park and attended Severna Park Elementary School when it was a wooden building housing grades one through seven. She was the daughter of Arthur and Lydia Giddings, who developed much of Severna Park. Kathie also was instrumental in founding the Severna Park Old Timers club (SPOT), and was awarded the Heritage Leadership Award by ASPIRE in 2009.

Thank you to the following donors, who contributed to the success of the cabaret show by practicing “Shop Local, Give Local:” Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, Be My Guest Catering, Lisa’s Cakepops, Coco Couture, RockWell Fitness, Magothy Wine & Spirits, The Cottage, Goska’s Liquors, Benevolent Baskets, HoneyBaked Ham, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, The Baltimore Ravens and Justin Tucker, Great Frogs Winery, Benfield Nail & Day Spa, Gayle Gutridge, Benfield Wine & Spirits, Northway Liquors, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Safeway, Costco, and BJ’s.

Sharon Tegler wrote a great article for The Capital about this show. Read it here: https://www.capitalgazette.com/ac-tegler-column--20190605-story.html

                                                           Anita O'Connor and Laurette Hankins-O'Connell

SPAN Board member Kathy Norville and former County Executive Janet Owens

                                                              The crowd at Holy Grounds enjoyed the show

 

 


BB&T Bank Donates Over $1,500 Worth of Food and Toiletries to SPAN - Collected From Employees!

At the Shop Local Fun Fiesta, we were approached by several BB&T employees who excitedly shared the news that they had done a fundraising campaign among the local branches and had collected upwards of $1,500 that they were going to designate to SPAN! Yesterday these four wonderful young women went to BJ's Wholesale Club and shopped for two hours, getting everything on SPAN's wish list and then some! Then they delivered it to SPAN. They bought us meat, milk, cheese, yogurt, paper products, toiletries, and much more! The most amazing part is they loved doing this, and thanked us profusely for what we do! So now we want to go on record saying THANK YOU BB&T! By the way, this was not a corporate donation - the money was raised by the employees themselves!

Thanks to everyone at BB&T who donated, and special thanks to Ashley Gunther (Small Business Lending Officer), Tammy Deeb (Benfield Team Leader), and Katya Smith and Erin O'Leary, (Market Leaders).

 


Woods Church Confirmands Collect Three Carloads of Food for SPAN

Thank you to the confirmands from Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, their wonderful leader Elizabeth Baril, and the dedicated parent leaders for collecting three carloads of food and toiletries for SPAN! These wonderful 8th- and 9th-graders spent the day Sunday collecting items from the fine folks in Shipley's Choice. They also collected cash for SPAN. If these teenagers are an example of what our future will be like, there is reason to be very hopeful!

 


Severna Park Giant Food Donates Massive Amounts of Chicken to SPAN

Huge shoutout to our favorite store manager - Thanks Bo Withers of the Severna Park Giant Food for donating dozens of cases of frozen fried chicken to SPAN! We had so much, we were able to share it with Severna Park United Methodist Church's mission group, Heaven's Kitchen, which feeds the hungry in Brooklyn Park. So grateful!


Karen Hall Named Secretary of SPAN's Executive Board

Karen began her professional career working for eight years as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant both in Maryland and at a border hospital in Arizona. She earned a Masters in Social Work in 1992 from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She then had a opportunity to work in a variety of locations with different populations with her now-retired Army spouse. She has worked in a community-based outreach program in Kansas serving families and children. In Germany she worked as member of a team for the New Parent Support Program with expectant parents and children up to six years old. Relocating back to Maryland in 2003, she recently retired after 13 years of service working for the Department of Defense, serving military and civilian members. 

Karen resides in Severna Park with her husband. They have two adult children. She and husband enjoy traveling and biking. 

Broadway-Style Cabaret Show Comes to Holy Grounds June 1 to Benefit SPAN

Broadway Goes to the Movies at Holy Grounds

623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park (adjacent to SP Community Ctr.)

Sat., June 1 - 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00)

Save the Date!

In a first-of-its kind fundraiser, Severna Park native Laurette Hankins-O'Connell presents a cabaret show, Broadway Goes to the Movies, a whimsical and occasionally irreverent salute to movie musicals. Enjoy many of your favorite show tunes, while getting the scoop on how some of the best-loved Broadway musicals of all time traveled the bumpy road from The Big Apple to Hollywood. Hankins-O'Connell will be accompanied by pianist Anita O'Connor.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds of this show will be donated to SPAN - Hankins-O'Connell and O'Connor are both donating their time and talent. Tickets, $20 each, must be purchased in advance through PayPal to [email protected], (Pay by PayPal). In the "notes" section, indicate that your donation is for tickets and tell us how many seats you want. If you prefer, you may mail a check to SPAN, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD 21146, or deliver a check in person during office hours, Monday - Thursday, 10-2. 

Concessions will be available for cash-only purchase. A silent auction basket will also be offered.

Bio for Laurette Hankins-O'Connell:                                

The majority of Laurette Hankins-O’Connell’s performing experience is in musical theater. Her first roles were at Duke University as Petra in A Little Night Music, Bonnie in Applause and Joanne in Company; she then played Gypsy Rose Lee in Annapolis Summer Garden Theater’s production of Gypsy.

Moving on to professional theater, she first appeared in two productions at the short-lived Heritage Equity Dinner Theater in Severna Park:  Marge MacDougal in Promises, Promises and Winnie Winslow in No, No Nanette. At the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater in Woodbridge, VA, she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Nancy in Oliver and Agnes Gooch in Mame. At the Wye Mills Summer Theater, she played Hope Langdon in Something’s Afoot, and Joan in Dames at Sea.

Laurette then moved to New York City, where she became a member of Actors Equity, AFTRA and SAG.  She performed in the Equity summer tour of The Student Prince, in the Equity Coachlight Theater’s production of South Pacific, and also worked in commercials, films and television.

Laurette was a featured soloist in the AFTRA Variety Showcase in New York City’s Nat Horne Theater (Off-off Broadway). Upon her return to Maryland, she was a featured soloist in two of Maryland Arts Festival’s Superstar Galas. In 2010 and 2011, she debuted her one-woman cabaret, It’s the Journey: Life a La Carte at Standing O Productions, and subsequently performed it at Germano’s in Little Italy. She debuted her Starstruck at the Stork cabaret at Germano’s and brought it back twice.   It was then her pleasure to debut  Musicals, Movies and Moxie—Oh My! , Broadway Goes to the Movies, as well as Broadway Divas & Dames and Broadway Goes Hollywood at Germano’s. She has also performed similar shows more than a dozen times at various local retirement communities, Ginger Cove, Brightview and Charlestown. She is delighted to be doing this special performance to benefit SPAN!

A graduate of Severna Park High School and Duke University, Laurette lives in Severna Park with her husband of 20 years, Kevin O’Connell, and their golden retriever Katie. For the past 11 years, her “day job” has been Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Laurette dedicates tonight’s performance to her mother, Kathie Giddings Hankins, who was an active member of the Severna Park Community for more than 5 decades. In addition to receiving the ASPIRE award in 2009, and co-chairing SPOT (Severna Park Old Timers) with Scott Jay, her mother co-edited the historical accounting of the early days of Severna Park:  Severna Park Reflections: an album of Memories.

 

Bio for Anita O'Connor:

Anita O’Connor is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in vocal performance from Syracuse University. She was Miss Pennsylvania in 1980 and went to the Miss America pageant the same year. Her favorite roles over the years in college and various theaters in PA and MD are Annie Oakley in Annie Get your Gun, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Sonja in They’re Playing our Song, Nancy in Oliver, Mame in Mame and Kate in Kiss Me Kate.
When she moved to Annapolis in 1993, she started music directing in the area. She has worked with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater, Compass Rose Theater, Colonial Players, Children’s Theater of Annapolis, and for 10 years she was the music director with the Chesapeake Music Hall Dinner Theatre. Currently, Anita is a music teacher at Indian Creek School. She teaches fourth through eighth grades, and directs the middle school musical and the 5/6 musical. She also teaches drama from first through fourth grades. She and her husband Maurie have been married for 23 years and have two beautiful girls who are both in college at JMU.
Anita is delighted to be playing for Laurette,  and to be working with someone who enjoys Broadway music as much as she does!

Good Neighbors Group S(o)uper Bowl Neighborhood Food Drive Brings in Lots of Donations

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the wonderful Severna Park neighborhoods who responded to the call for food in the 2nd Annual Neighborhood S(o)uper Bowl Food Drive, by the Good Neighbors Group. We got tons of food and toiletries that should supply our pantry for weeks to come! A huge shout-out to the team captains for organizing and delivering their neighborhood collections, and a special thank-you to Julie Shay for founding this drive, which also assisted Asbury Assistance network and My Brother's Pantry! Join us Wednesday night (Feb. 6) at Cafe Mezzanotte, where the winning neighborhood will be announced at 7:00. This will also be a fundraiser for Good Neighbors Group between 4 and 9.

     


SPAN Has a Newly Renovated Kitchen, Thanks to Severna Park United Methodist Church!

SPAN received a beautiful gift over the three-day MLK weekend. The #VIM (Volunteers in Mission) group from Severna Park United Methodist Church renovated SPAN's kitchen! The hard-working crew set up camp Thursday afternoon, and worked clean through until Monday night. When SPAN staff and volunteers walked through the door after the long weekend, the kitchen had metamorphosed from a well-loved 1950s-era kitchen to a modern marvel with LED lights and new cabinets, floor, counters, sink, paint, and much, much more! It was a true labor of love, and we don't know how to begin to thank them! We'll start by saying THANK YOU!

     

 

 


Mike Monahan Named Vice President of SPAN

SPAN is very happy to announce that Mike Monahan of Millersville has been named as SPAN's Vice President on the Executive Board. Mike will replace Trish Davis, who previously served as Vice President since 2014.

Mike first became aware of SPAN after hearing about their holiday drive in 2016 and began working with the organization soon after. He has been active in similar organizations in and around Baltimore over the past several years and was both impressed with the contributors and scale of SPAN’s efforts, and somewhat surprised with the needs that existed closer to home.

Mike attended Loyola University in Baltimore, earning degrees in Finance and Accounting, and has held Finance and Portfolio Management roles within the commodities industry since 2001. He and his wife Denise moved to the area in 2009 and have three boys currently attending Shipley’s Choice Elementary School.


Remembering SPAN Volunteer Leo Kennedy

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Leo J. Kennedy, a faithful SPAN volunteer. Leo was always cheerful and pleasant, and was liked very much by the SPAN family. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Following is Leo's obituary, as sent by his daughter:

Leo J. Kennedy, age 94, of Severna Park, MD, formerly of Columbus, OH, passed away December 26, 2018. Husband of the late Irene R.and Betty S. Also preceded in death by son John M. Kennedy; brother James Kennedy; sister Bernadette Green. Survived by children: Judith (Mike) Neidig, James E., Marianne (Salvatore) Calenda, Jean (Martin) Warner; brother, John; sister, Mary Lou Betz; five grandchildren. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and an administrative manager with Murphy, Young and Smith. Friends may call Sunday 2-5 PM EVANS FUNERAL HOME 4171 E. Livingston Ave. Funeral mass Monday 10:00 AM St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church 1573 Elaine Rd. Father William Arnold celebrant. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of lowers, donations may be made to St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church or the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.



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-12:45pm