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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 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

Assured Partners of Maryland - Moscker Insurance Agency   

Severna Park United Methodist Church

SPAN Volunteers donated over $3,000!


Gold ($1,000)

Severn Bank

Severna Park Automotive

Honeybaked Ham Severna Park

Chick-Fil-a Severna Park


Silver ($500)

Long & Foster of Severna Park - Tim Blanchfield

RockWell Fitness

The Matt Wyble Team - Century 21 New Millennium

First County Mortgage SOMD,-MD

Marathon Real Estate

McDonald’s Severna Park

Chesapeake Hearing Centers

Fence and Deck Connection

Edward Jones Alexis P Lecouras, CFP®, AMS

Russell, Deasey, Wright & Zitofsky, DDS

Wright Orthodontics

The Bank of Glen Burnie

Julie Antinucci and family



Bronze ($250)

Broadneck Pharmacy

Environmental Automotive

Millersville Auto Body

Lighthouse Car Wash

Charter Title

Savvy Consignment

Paul J. Kinsey, DDS

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu and Tai Chi

Dr. Brian D. Valle, DDS

McCarl Dental Group

Clement Hardware


Honorable Mention

Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery

Café Mezzanotte 

Victor and Kathleen Simon



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 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 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 


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


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:

Sponsorships are available - For more information, email



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:

                                                           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, (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!

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
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