Severna Park

Artistic Flame Artisan Boutique SPAN Silent Auction

The Artistic Flame Artisan Boutique Silent Auction for SPAN

Artistic FlameThe Artistic Flame Artisan Boutique has Silent Auction for SPAN. The Artistic Flame hosted their fourth Artisan Boutique and sale featuring quality, handcrafted products made locally by talented artists in your own community. The Artisan Boutique is coordinated by Debra Soreff, executive director of The Artistic Flame, Susan Gist of Ezria Designs and Nancy McPherson of Gracearte.

Shoppers were delighted to find jewelry by Archaeologico, creations by By the Bay Creations, fused glass Chill Fire Glass, textiles by Deca Wrap, accessories by Designs by Leslie, silver jewelry by Ezria Designs, gourmet baked goods by Frosted and Fabulous, mixed media art by Gracearte, fabulous bags by Jenilu Bags, gemstone jewelry by Mac Designs, recycled leather purses by Mary Daughterty Designs, jewelry by Puddin’ & Peanuts, stoneware by Quirk-n-Bach Pottery, pop art by Ramon Matheu Pop Art, jewelry by Tracy Menz Designs, children’s book and paintings by Sometimes Sleep, handmade soy candles by Twinkle Candle Company, and wood turned art by Wood Art for Living.
The Artistic Flame Artisan Boutique featured a silent auction with items donated by participating artists. All proceeds from the Artisan Boutique Auction benefited SPAN

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.

Fran Seaman ASPIRE Recognition


SPAN’s volunteer, Fran Seaman was recognized by the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) at the organization’s annual Community Leadership Awards banquet.

In July of 2009, Fran walked through the doors of SPAN with the desire to make a positive difference in our community. Fran immediately became an intricate part of SPAN’s total operation. She is a client interviewer and assists clients on a one to one basis to determine how we can help, is on SPAN’s Board of Directors representing our partner church, Severna Park United Methodist, and also a member of SPAN’S review committee.

Whether working directly or indirectly with our clients, Fran faces unique and sometimes overwhelming challenges in responding to the needs of our neighbors. Her devotion in helping families through critical situations never falters, and her compassion has no boundaries. From assisting our neighbors, to clearing the entry way after a storm, creating and maintaining a data base, to assisting with the Holiday and Easter Caring programs, or encouraging others to do whatever they can, her passion to help our community remains strong.

When asked why you volunteer at SPAN, Fran said “because I really am touched by the significant challenges many people experience in our community just to stay warm or to feed their family. It makes me a passionate supporter of SPAN; it makes me want to be there and volunteer in different ways.”

Because of her endless energy, dedication, and love for her neighbors, Francie Seaman is making a difference every day – and together – we are making a difference today that will last for many tomorrows.

Ted Mathison Awarded ASPIRE


ASPIRE Community Leadership Awarded to Ted Mathison

On February 26, ASPIRE (Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal, and Enhancement, Inc.) presented Ted Mathison with an ASPIRE Community Leadership Award for his “sustained, positive and visionary leadership” within SPAN “with the goal of serving the larger Severna Park Community.”
Ted fits this description perfectly. He came to SPAN as a pantry worker in 2005, but in 2006 stepped in as President of the Board of Directors because of his well-known administrative ability (He had been CEO of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport for 14 years). During his four-years as President, Ted guided SPAN into the 21st century. Responding to the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act and drawing from resources such as the Maryland Association of Non-Profits, Ted and his committee tied loose ends together, updating and formalizing SPAN’s structure, policies, and procedures. One product of his labors was the Board of Directors’ Handbook and Governance Manual, an important collection of SPAN’s credentials, Bylaws, policies, and procedures for Board members.
After his time as president, Ted took on another challenging and complex mission: management of the reinvention of SPAN’s building—construction of a new addition along with renovations to bring the building up to commercial code.  It all started when a SPAN volunteer (who wishes to remain anonymous) had suggested that SPAN’s small porch be enclosed to provide more space for food storage; she donated over $22,000 for the project.  According to Ted, “It took 11 months to get the building permit,” dated October 31, 2011. That marked the beginning of an increasingly complicated project that was not for the faint of heart. “Once we started building, we had to bring the building up to code, including a ramp for the handicapped and fireproof wallboard and heavy fire doors, along with many other modifications.” Ted’s expertise, persistence, and dedication guided the process step by step, finally resulting in an Occupancy Permit secured in February 2014.  Congratulations and a big thank you to Ted, a wonderful SPAN leader and volunteer.

Ross Kennard Practice

Bodywork Sampler Package for Donated Goods!

Ross Kennard D.C.

Ross Kennard D.C.


Through the month of November, If you bring in at least 5 non-perishable food items, you will receive a Bodywork Sampler Package which includes a complimentary consultation, a chiropractic evaluation which is followed with a report and a gift card loaded with 30-minutes of massage!

All Donations will go to help the needy families of SPAN. For EVERY DOLLAR raised or every FIVE POUNDS of food donated, SPAN can distribute 4 MEALS worth of food to a family in need in Anne Arundel County!

Call Dr. Ross Kennard today for an appointment and when you are out grocery shopping, grab at least 5 non-perishable items, bag ’em up and bring them into Kennard Chiropractic & Physical Therapy!

This Food Share Promotion is by referral only. Not redeemable for cash. Call to schedule your package at 410-421-5544.

Thank you for making a difference!

*offer not valid for Meidcare, Worker’s Compensation or Personal Injury Cases.


Green Hornets Basketball

Green Hornets Basketball Give Back

On Saturday, Dec. 15 the Severna Park Green Hornets, Boys 8/9 Basketball League (180 players) invite parents, family and friends to bring food, gift and monetary donations to the gym before their son’s basketball game. The Capital Gazette published a nice story about their generosity.

Homecoming Party Benefits SPAN

Homecoming Party Donations for SPAN

kids-party-spanIn August, Jenna F. of Millersville told her dad she didn’t want to go to the high school homecoming dance this year and wanted to have an alternative party instead. Jenna wanted to make this party special, because this year she wanted the party to be held for SPAN. “I wanted to do something for others, so my dad rented a moon bounce and everyone brought a donation. The reason why I did this is because I know there are many people who are in need and SPAN does a lot of good for people in our area”.