Kiwanis thanks store for fund-raiser help


April 20, 2000|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN A SHOPPER goes to the grocery store with money in her pocket, she's usually planning a cartload of purchases.

But last week, several members of the Severna Park Kiwanis Club went to the Safeway on Benfield Road with just the opposite intention: Despite a pocketful of money -- a check for $500 -- they left the store empty-handed.

The check was made out to Easter Seals. Kiwanis members, never ones to miss an opportunity to extend a helping hand, were at the grocery store to thank its manager, Randy Easterling, for helping make October's annual apple and cider sale a large success. Easterling had arranged for club members to set up their wares in the store parking lot, free of charge.

The donation to Easter Seals was the thanks. "Safeway is one of our corporate sponsors," said Judy Jones, special events director for Easter Seals, who accepted the money for her organization.

Jones said the local Safeway made a generous gesture by providing space for the sale, "considering the Kiwanis Club was selling apples in direct competition with the apples being sold inside the store."

"Being able to use the Safeway parking lot helped make the sale tremendously successful," said Ralph Glasgow, a past president of the Severna Park Kiwanis. "We reached people we don't ordinarily reach at our traditional location in Old Severna Park."

From its Maryland office, Easter Seals oversees projects in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, helping people with disabilities.

County children are also on the receiving end of the Kiwanis Club's generosity. Each winter it sponsors an essay contest for children in grades two through five. The 23rd annual event drew 1,016 essays from students in 55 county classrooms.

The prizes are $100, $75 and $50 for the top three winners in each grade, and "every entrant receives a participation ribbon," said Jim Stands, Kiwanis chairman of youth services. "You should see their chests sprout out a mile."

Kiwanis members attend assemblies at the schools to deliver the awards.

Second-grade winners this year, in order of finish, are Hayley Gilbert, Emma Gilbert and Jenna Hiponia, all of Windsor Farm Elementary. Honorable mention went to Mia Levine, also of Windsor Farm.

Third-grade winners are Johann Lilly of Indian Creek Elementary, Kate Sweely of Cape St. Claire Elementary and Leanne Hug of Chesapeake Academy.

Fourth-grade winners are Cierra Billings-Woodard of Edgewater Elementary and Lauren McGee and Daniel Brook, both of Linthicum Elementary.

Fifth-grade winners are Christina Tallon of Jacobsville Elementary, Nando Duran of Broadneck Elementary and Skyla Lambeth of Windsor Farm. Honorable mention went to Khalia Williams of Cape St. Claire.

Beneficiaries of Kiwanian philanthropy include Bello Machre Inc., which runs residential homes for the mentally disabled, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland; the state's Crownsville Hospital Center; Partners In Care; and Hospice of the Chesapeake.

In addition to many smaller events, the club conducts two major fund-raisers annually, the fall apple sale and a spring golf tournament at Fort Meade.

This year's tournament is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The fees of $80 includes a buffet lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Information: Gene Stastny, 410-987-0253.

The club's spring flea market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at Pasadena Methodist Church on Ritchie Highway. Spaces rent for $12, or $14 with a table. Information: 410-987-0253.

Severn chorale program

Severn School's Chorale Concert and Cabaret will be held at 8 p.m. May 6 -- a day later than announced by the school initially -- in the school's Price Auditorium. Students lobbied for the change after realizing that the original schedule conflicted with the American Cancer Society's Run For Life overnight relay race May 5 and 6 at Anne Arundel Community College. Now participants in the run have time to get home, shower and have a nap before the program at Severn.

As the finale of the school's fine arts week, the show will feature classical, Broadway and jazz music, and the voices of students, faculty members and guest performers. Refreshments will be served. The event is free.

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