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!
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.." - Matthew 25:35
Local vacation bible schools practiced what they preached, as many local schools collected food and distributed it to SPAN during their week-long sessions.
Particularly noteworthy were the contributions of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church's VBS, who dedicated a different goal to each day of the week. Monday was breakfast day, etc. We are so grateful for all your gifts!
Fabu' Salon and Theresa Kurtz, Realtor at ReMax One, Partner up to Give Free Haircuts and Backpacks Filled With School Supplies to Children in Need
On Monday, August 20, we saw a wonderful display of local businesses collaborating to help local children in need as the start of school approaches. The brainchild of Theresa Kurtz - Realtor at Re/Max One, the plan was simple: to provide free haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies to some kids who would have a tough time affording it on their own. Fabu' Salon & Spa, under the thoughtful leadership of Jean-Marie, Stylist at Fabu' Salon & Spa, decided to donate a Monday - a day they are usually closed - to providing free haircuts to 48 children, whose names SPAN provided. Eight stylists donated their time! They also collected backpacks and school supplies for 100. The remainder of the backpacks went to students at the Cisco Center.
Those who helped, by either collecting school supplies, donating cash, or both were: The Cottage, Severna Park Family Chiropractic, Garry's Grill & Catering, Bulldog Bikes and Floats, Shauna Lodowski Talbot, Lee Talbot - State Farm Insurance Agent, and many others!
We were allowed to sit ringside at Fabu as these kids were treated like royalty, with drinks, cupcakes, balloons, candy, and a lot of pampering. It was heartwarming! Following are some of the photos we captured...