Newsletter July 2014
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Andrea Ingram Celebrates 25 Years at Grassroots
Executive Director Andrea Ingram will celebrate 25 years with Grassroots, Howard County’s 24-7 crisis intervention center, at a 25th Anniversary Reception in her honor on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5-7 p.m., at Howard Community College’s Rouse Foundation Student Services Hall.  Hosted by the Grassroots Board of Directors, the reception will feature a short program and refreshments.  Admission to the Reception for Andrea Ingram is $40 per person.  To register, contact
New Mental Health Task Force

Collision Music Holds Concert
Collision Music, made up of local teens who are combining a passion for music with a passion for serving people in need, is hosting a benefit concert Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7-10 p.m. , at Nexus Youth Center, 9179 Red Branch Road in Columbia.
The event will feature live music by performers who have been favorites at Collision Music’s Open Mic Nights.  There will be food for sale and games, such as ping pong, foosball, pool and basketball, as well as a raffle. Admission is $5.  All proceeds will be donated to Grassroots. For information, visit

Keller Williams Volunteers Beautify
Local commercial and residential real estate agents and contractors affiliated with Keller Williams Realty Centre of Howard County turned out in full force recently to beautify Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and host a picnic for the families in the shelter program. 
The Culture Committee of Keller Williams, a community service oriented group, focused on the local crisis intervention center and homeless shelter as their RED Day project.  RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day is an annual Keller Williams service initiative held country-wide to improve communities where the realty company does business. 
Local Keller Williams volunteers weeded and planted the Grassroots Children’s Garden, painted rooms and hallways, designed and painted a mural for the children’s activity room, organized and provided supplies for the storage room and prepared and served a picnic supper for individuals and families staying in the Grassroots shelter program.
“Working with the Keller Williams volunteers was a fantastic experience,” said Grassroots staff member Anna Katz.  “They did a year’s worth of volunteer projects in one day.”  

Thanks to BB&T Atlantic Risk Management
Volunteers from BB&T Atlantic Risk Management painted the ktichen and family wing of Grassroots’ family and women’s shelter recently.  The volunteers also prepared a dinner for the Grassroots residents.  In addition, they donated 50 new dining room chairs, a new barbecue with accessories for the courtyard and two new picnic tables with umbrellas. 
This is the second time BB&T Atlantic Risk Management has selected Grassroots as the beneficiary of its Lighthouse Project, an annual employee activity to improve the communities served by the company.   
Looks Salon Holds Fundraiser 

Looks Salon and Spa will hold the 12th Annual Looks for Life, a fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit Grassroots’ crisis intervention efforts, including suicide prevention. The event is hosted by Looks owner Marilyn Petersen, in memory of her son, Patrick Jameson, who took his own life in 2002.

Looks for Life Sponsorships are available starting at $250 for businesses to put their business cards and brochures at one of the 40 stylist stations in the salon. Call 410-381-9030 for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Schools Host Benefit Run for Grassroots
The first annual HCPSS Fall Frenzy, hosted by Burleigh Manor Middle School, will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center.  Open to school personnel, their family and friends, the Fall Frenzy includes a 5K Run and 1K Walk at Centennial High School’s cross country course. 
Participants will gather at the Burleigh Manor Middle School parking lot at 7:45 a.m., and the race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial High School. The benefit run will include prizes for the largest school participation, top three female and top three male finishers. 
The entry fee of $25 includes a Fall Frenzy shirt.  Register at  On-site registration will also be available.
Sponsorships, from $1,000 to $100, are available.  Contact
Suicide Prevention Symposium set for Sept. 11

The 5th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium sponsored by Grassroots is set for Thursday, Sept. 11, from noon-4:30 p.m., at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia. For more information, contact Tamara Van Newkirk at 410-531-6006.
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