Holiday Caring

The SPAN Holiday Caring Program is supported by local businesses, organizations, and individuals every year during the holiday season.

2017 Stride for SPAN 5k Walk/Run



Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot 5K Run/1M Fun Walk, Sun. Nov. 12

This highly anticipated family-friendly event will take place once again at Kinder Farm Park on Nov. 12. Click here for the Registration Form 2017 Turkey Trot Registration Click here for the Sponsorship Form 2017 Turkey Trot Sponsorship.  Click this link for registration 

A link to the registration site will be posted shortly. This is SPAN’s only fundraiser of the year, so we want it to be a huge success! Dogs on leashes are welcome. Space is limited, so register early!

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu Tai Chi Helps Build A Strong Community

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi Helps Build A Strong Community

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Jing Ying owners Nancy Greer (center) and Billy Greer (right) presented more than $4,000 to SPAN’s Associate Director Jennifer Pumphrey.

Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, in Arnold, held its 12th annual holiday party and silent auction to support SPAN. Local businesses, members of the community and students donate items to the event. Many of the items are unique and handcrafted, ranging from hand-knitted jackets to original paintings. Gift certificates for a variety of services include beginner ski lessons, massages, yoga, restaurants and more. The event raised over $4,000.
“Through the generosity of our business, community and student donors — as well as the people who bid on the donations — we are thrilled to have donated more than $40,000 to charity from our silent auctions,” said Nancy Greer, auction organizer.

Join Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi in showing your support for SPAN. Donations can now be made on line through safe and secure Pay Pal. IT’S EASY- Just go to – go to the bottom of the page and click on Donate. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be provided. (Please note neither SPAN or PayPal will collect or use your personal information for any purpose beyond this transaction).

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

race start-3On a crisp beautiful fall morning over 200 runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors came together for one cause-helping their neighbors in need. Once again Kinder Park provided beautiful scenery for SPAN’s annual Turkey Trot 5k run/walk.

Mother and son Michele and Mark Antal were among the first-time race participants. “We love this park,” Michele said. “We walk it together all the time. We just couldn’t pass up the opportunity — it’s for such a great cause.”

Friends Alex Lecouras and Andrew Rutkauskas ran together. Both are 10-year-old fifth-graders at Folger McKinsey Elementary, where they are active in a variety of year-round sports. This was their first time running a 5K. “It was fun,” Rutkauskas said of the race. Both boys received race medals and FroYo House gift cards.

CCSiDogs participated in SPAN Turkey TrotErika Macy of Hanover and Pasadena resident Jenny Thompson ran with the CSSi team. “I thought it was great,” Thompson said. “The rolling hills were a little challenging, but not so much that you couldn’t do it if you weren’t a trained runner. It was a beautiful course.” CSSi, a clinical trial patient recruitment and enrollment firm based in Glen Burnie, supported SPAN with a team of about 15 runners, including dogs Chloe and Pepper. “We’ve done this a few times,” said Chris Trizna, company president. “We’re always looking to support local community causes.”


Michelle Bowers, co-chaired the fundraiser, said that the event is important because it raises awareness for SPAN and emphasizes the importance of supporting a local charity. “It provides a wonderful fun and family-oriented event each year. We have really great support from the community and the volunteers. Volunteers for SPAN coordinated the food and drinks and provided a sizeable donation this year.”

A signature event for SPAN, the Turkey Trot raised an over $6,000. Sponsors included PNC Bank, Pilates on the Bay, Christopher’s Restaurant, Fit4, SunTrust Mortgage, Long & Foster (Severna Park), The Bank of Glen Burnie, Fleet Feet (Severna Park), FastSigns, Friendship Creative Printing, Chick-fil-A (Severna Park), FroYo House (Severna Park and Arnold) and volunteers for SPAN.