Newsletter March 2016
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Soup'r Sundae Is Super and Successful


The eighth annual Soup‘r Sundae fundraiser for Grassroots attracted over 600 attendees for an afternoon of family fun, soup prepared by area restaurants and all the ice cream you could eat, as well as a silent auction with over 200 baskets. 
The event was hosted by Wilde Lake High School and The Faith Community Partnership of Bethany United Methodist Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church and St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church.
Corporations4Communities, Howard County General Hospital and M&T Bank were the Presenting Sponsors. The Platinum Sponsor was Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent.  Gold Sponsors included Biegel & Waller, Howard Bank, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Lisa Hussman, Steve and Beverly Koren, The Mall in Columbia and Rotary Club of Columbia Town Center.
Soup were provided by Aida Bistro & Wine Bar, Alexandra’s at Turf Valley, Bistro Blanc, Clyde’s of Columbia, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Honey Baked Ham Co., Kelsey’s Restaurant, Kings Contrivance, LeeLynn’s, Nor Pac Soup, Petit Louis Bistro, Ranazul, T-Bonz Grille & Pub, Tino’s Italian Bistro, Vantage House, Waterside Restaurant, Whole Foods, and the Wilde Lake High School Culinary Class.  Breads were provided by Great Harvest Bread Co. and Rotella Bread.  Ice cream was provided by Wegmans Columbia.
Over 90 volunteers from Howard County high schools helped with everything from dishing up ice cream to dancing with the young guests.  Volunteers from the participating faith communities gathered and packaged silent auction items and managed the entire operation from set-up to check-out.
Cathy Smith of Jean Moon & Associates was the event manager for Soup’r Sundae for the eighth year in a row.  All proceeds from the event benefit Grassroots.


Time to Register for the Glen Mar Golf Classic
Winter is officially over.  It is time to register for the 5th Annual Glen Mar Golf Classic, set for Monday, April 25, at the Timbers of Troy Golf Course in Elkridge.  The event, hosted by Glen Mar United Methodist Church, will benefit Grassroots.

The tournament includes a continental breakfast, silent auction, and luncheon.  In addition to trophies for the three foursomes having the lowest scores, prizes will be awarded to the Winning Senior Team and Winning Women’s Team and for ‘longest drive’ and ‘closest to the pin’ for men and women.  There will also be the opportunity to win prizes for a hole-in-one, a putting contest, and a “circle-of-cash”.
The format is “Captain’s Choice” (scramble); senior’s and women’s tee boxes will be permitted.  Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8:30.  The tournament fee is $135 per player, or $540 per foursome. 
Golfers can register online at Sponsorship information is also available at

News and Events

Supporting Dreams New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church presented a donation for $7,500 to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to realize “your dreams,” according to Senior Pastor Mike Speegle.  Participating in the check presentation were (from l.) Grassroots Board President Mary Lasky, Pastor Speegle, Grassroots Board member Sheryl Ziporkin and Executive Director Andrea Ingram.  New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church is located in Fulton.


Lots of Soup  The National Art Honor Society, Art Club and Culinary Arts Department of Hammond High School recently hosted “Empty Bowls 2016,” a benefit for Grassroots featuring soups by faculty, parents and students and ceramic bowls created by Hammond High School students. Art teacher Jillian Jenkins greets Hammond parent Ayeola Fortune at the Empty Bowls event.

More Soup The National Art Honor Society and Culinary Department at Atholton High School also recently hosted “Empty Bowls 2016,” a community fundraiser for Grassroots. Soups were made fresh and donated by faculty, parents and students.  Bowls were created by Atholton High students.

Soup and Painting Empty Bowls 2016 event at Howard High School attracted community members to a soup dinner and participatory art project.  Hosted by the school’s National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society and Culinary Department, the event included attendees painting unfinished bowls created by the school’s Art Department.  Serving soups prepared by the Culinary Department were (from l.) Anthony Ougthton, Alayna Gerald and Jessica Mennerick.

Cereal Collection The members of Oseh Shalom BBYO #5261, a group of students from Howard County’s Atholton, Centennial, Marriotts Ridge, Reservoir, River Hill and Wilde Lake High Schools and from Meade High School in Anne Arundel County, have donated dozens of boxes of cereal to Grassroots, which was selected as beneficiary of their attention and support.  The teens have heard presentations on Grassroots’ services, have made lunches for families staying in the Cold Weather Shelter and are planning fundraising activities. BBYO provides identity enrichment and leadership development and involves Jewish teens in meaningful activities.

Sharing Meals A contribution of $500 was recently made to Grassroots by Vantage House retirement community. The donation was the result of a campaign by over 50 residents of the Downtown Columbia community who are sharing 100 meals a month with people served by Grassroots.  Vantage House Dining Staff members have been working with the donors in their weekly support to the crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless.  Among those at the check presentation were (from l.) Director of Vantage House Dining Services Nile Sara, Grassroots Executive Director Andrea Ingram, Vantage House Dining Services Manager Michael James, Dining Room Supervisor Yvette Klipsteen and residents Barbara Schuyler and Lynada Johnson. 

Cold Weather Drive Hundreds of tissues, lip balm, lotions, hand sanitizers, socks and gloves were delivered to Grassroots recently for distribution to people in its shelter programs.  The items came from Elkridge Landing Middle School where 263 8th grade students packaged gallon-size Ziplock bags with the items and a hand-written note of encouragement to each of the recipients.  The Cold Weather Drive was part of a service learning project lead by 8th graders who collected the items from each classroom in the school.

 Are you a Friend of Grassroots?

Are you a donor to Grassroots?  Have you made a gift this year? Grassroots depends upon the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community to support its free services to people in crisis, to help provide the 24-7 hotline and suicide prevention efforts, round-the-clock personal counseling, Mobile Crisis Team, the shelter programs and other activities to help people achieve a positive resolution to their crisis situation.  Please make a gift to Grassroots today. Any size gift is welcome.  If you can afford $50 or more per month, consider joining The Friends of Grassroots who donate $600 or more per year.  Thank you for your support.


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