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.
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!
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:
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 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!
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.
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.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the SPAN Turkey Trot 5K/1M, was held on a beautiful morning at Kinder Park on November 11. A good time was had by all! Race organizers Tia Johnson and Sarah Salkeld outdid themselves this year and grossed over $20,000 for SPAN, the best race ever! Our generous SPAN volunteers donated over $2,000! Thanks also to Mike Johnson for emcee-ing and to the other family members of Tia and Sarah for helping so generously! Please remember these race sponsors when deciding where to shop locally:
Moscker Insurance Agency, Alexander Animal Hospital, Marathon Real Estate, Rockwell Fitness, Freedom Restoration, Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, McDonald’s Severna Park, McCarl Dental Group, Chesapeake Hearing Centers, Severna Park Taphouse, Severn Savings Bank, Broadneck Pharmacy, Fence and Deck Connection, Squisito, Edward Jones – Alexis P Lecouras, CFP®, AAMS, Café Mezzanotte, Living Health Integrative Medicine, Savvy Consignment, Brightview Builders, Lifetime Wealth Care, The Bank of Glen Burnie, Wright Orthodontics, Paul Kinsey Dentistry, Bay Area Appraisers, Friendship Creative Printers, Emidio Vincenzo, Lighthouse Car Wash, Environmental Automotive, Severna Park Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dynasplint Systems, Inc., Side Street Framers, and Be My Guest Catering.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters, Anne Arundel County Retired Firefighters, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, and Anne Arundel County Fire Department Training Academy's donation to our Holiday Caring Program. Having promised 40 Thanksgiving meals, they showed up with 106! What an amazing display of generosity from our local heroes! In addition to the food, they also collected $600 to be donated to our general fund, to be used for court-ordered evictions, utility cut-offs, and medical/prescription co-pays. We are in awe! Read Sharon Tegler's article about this event in The Capital by clicking here.
SPAN is humbled by the generosity of the Severn School community. During their spirit week, students collected food and toiletries for SPAN. When the (8'x12') storage container was delivered to SPAN, every last inch of it was filled! Our pantry will be overflowing thanks to this generous community of students, parents, teachers, and administration. We cannot thank you enough!!!
Marathon Real Estate
Living Health Integrative Medicine
The Bank of Glen Burnie
Paul Kinsey, Dentist
Bay Area Appraisers
Friendship Creative Printers
These folks from Wells Fargo in Annapolis did a food drive for SPAN. They delivered at least a dozen bags of food and toiletries, including great stuff like laundry detergent - and delivered it in reusable bags that they let us keep! They also gave us a special present - a Wells Fargo cookie jar! Thanks to all of these fine folks for your generosity!