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SPAN Hosts Drive-Through Volunteer Appreciation Event

SPAN's volunteers are the best ones around, and SPAN literally could not do what it does without them. On July 30, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation event, but given the coronavirus state of affairs, we took the safe route; we had a drive-thru event! Each volunteer got a frozen Luigi's Italian Ice plus a gift bag containing a custom SPAN face mask, a SPAN car decal, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a gift card to The Big Bean. We hope next year we can have a nice catered brunch! Thanks to all of our volunteers for all you do! You are not paid because you are worthless - you are not paid because you are priceless!

 


Appalachia Service Project Team from SPUMC Donates to SPAN in Lieu of Canceled 2020 Trip

At SPAN we are often impressed by the generosity of our local community. But this particular delivery was deeply touching and incredibly meaningful. It was about four car/truckloads full of food.

Here is the backstory: Severna Park United Methodist Church's youth group, MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship), led by Youth Pastor Lee Ferrell, has been traveling to Appalachia with The Appalachia Service Project for 40 years to do home repair projects for the poor of Central Appalachia. Because of the coronavirus this year the trip was sadly cancelled. Not to let the goodwill of the senior high students be dampened, these hardworking youth put their faith into action by doing a massive food collection for SPAN. There was so much food, the group made two deliveries. We are officially blown away by the generosity of this group! And what's more, they are also making a substantial financial donation to the area in Appalachia that they were unable to travel to.

Thank you SPUMC's youth, families, and community for supporting this cause! To learn more about ASP or donate to the church for this cause, click this link: https://severnaparkumc.org/serve/asp/#SPUMC


SPAN Welcomes Dylan Roche as Secretary/Woods Church Board Rep

SPAN is happy to introduce Dylan Roche as Secretary to its Executive Board. Dylan will also serve as SPAN's representative for Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. Dylan is a lifelong member of Woods Church, where he teaches Sunday School, and also serves on the Families With Children Committee. Dylan is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been featured in local, regional and national publications. His first novel, The Purple Bird, debuted in 2019. 

In addition to SPAN, Dylan serves on the boards of Children's Theatre of Annapolis and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, among others, and he is the immediate past president of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce Board. When he isn't writing or volunteering, Dylan can often be found training for his next marathon, or hanging out with his corgi, Tyrion.


We Want To Thank You!

For 30 years, SPAN has been helping families in need with food, utilities, prescriptions, and eviction prevention. But we at SPAN are just the messengers - the real gifts come from our amazing donors, starting with our member churches, and including our local businesses, civic groups, scout troops, classrooms, neighborhoods, and of course our many individual donors! Each month we mail out thank-you notes to our financial donors. This past April, in response to the economic emergency due to the coronavirus, we sent out a record-breaking number of thank-you notes. They went out in three different batches, but we have reason to believe that one of the batches might have gotten lost in the mail. We know this because one of our volunteers who had sent in a donation notified us that hers didn't come. If you donated to SPAN but did not receive a thank-you note, please email us at [email protected] and let us know so we can mail you another. Thank you for your understanding, and mostly, thank you for your extreme generosity. You are truly neighbors helping neighbors!

 

 

 


Severna Park Elks Donates a Truckload of Food to SPAN

The Severna Park Elks #2482 received a grant, and they are sharing it with SPAN! They delivered a mountain of groceries! Thanks to Skip Stokes, Lynn Bailey, and all of the others who made this possible. We have a ton of food, so if you're in need, now is the perfect time to come to SPAN. We're open this week Monday-Thursday, 10-12:45. Please bring your Maryland ID.


New SPAN Hours Beginning Monday, June 1

Change in Operations

Beginning Monday, June 1, SPAN will be open Monday through Thursday from 10-12:45 to help with utility assistance, rental assistance, prescription assistance, and food. Please call 410-647-0889 before you come in to determine eligibility. Please be patient as we adjust our operations and tweak some of our rules. The food areas we serve are Severna Park, Millersville, Broadneck, and Arnold. If you do not live within one of our food service areas, we can help you with emergency food or baby products if you have no other source. We will maintain safe practices, with no-contact transactions. Food is distributed through our side door so there is no contact. The areas we give financial assistance to are Severna Park, Millersville, Broadneck, Arnold, Fort Meade, Linthicum, Severn, Pasadena, Glen Burnie, Crownsville, Gambrills, Odenton, and Crofton. Payments are made directly to providers, not to clients. MARYLAND IDs ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ASSISTANCE.

We are beginning to phase out our free outdoor pantry, and will be stocking it this week with only canned and jarred food plus toiletries.

If you need further resources, please consult the attached list of pantries from the Anne Arundel County Food Bank or call 2-1-1.


Stuff the Bus - Food Drive for SPAN, Sat., May 16, 1-3, Severna Park Middle School, Lynwood Parking Lot

SPAN, Inc. is having a FOOD DRIVE! Help us Stuff the Bus on Saturday 5/16 from 1-3 pm at Severna Park Middle School - Lynwood Parking Lot.

Throughout the pandemic, SPAN has continued to assist Severna Park and our surrounding communities. The volume of food and necessities coming in and out of the door has been staggering. All (non-expired) non-perishable food items are welcomed. Items specifically in need are: pasta sauce, jelly, syrup, canned fruit, side dishes (pasta or rice), all hygiene products, laundry detergent, shampoo. Perishables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples that won't get smushed are welcome also!

For no-contact dropoff, we will have gloved and masked volunteers who can take your food out of your car for you!

Hope to see you there this Saturday! Please share!

Here is a link to our Wish List and Amazon Wish List. If you can't make it Saturday, you can drop your donation off at SPAN any time!


Updated SPAN Hours

For the week of May 4, 2020, SPAN will be open Monday-Wednesday, 10-noon, and Thursday by special appointment. All interactions will be conducted via no-contact methods.

Our free outdoor pantry is open, regularly stocked, and available 24/7 to anyone who needs it. It is a tall bin behind the SPAN house. The SPAN house is directly behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park at 400 Benfield Road, just east of Truck House Road.

NOTE: Evictions and utility shutoffs are NOT being enforced until the state opens back up. We still owe money for these, so everyone should try to make payments, if possible. However, you won't be shut off or evicted if you are unable to come up with the money. You also can't be charged late fees.

SPAN is focusing on food, toiletries, baby needs, and prescription medication during this time. If you have a special need; i.e., a prescription, adult diapers, or a particular type of baby diaper, formula, etc. that you need, please email [email protected] If you have no transportation, we will be happy to help you via your neighbor or family member if you give them permission.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has been donating food and money to SPAN! Our work has been labor-intensive, but we're trying to reach all of those who need help. A special thanks to SPAN VP Mike Monahan and pantry workers Tia Jones Johnson and Elle Johnson for working seven days a week to keep our pantry running!

 


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).

 



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