Newsletter March 2017
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Soup'r Sundae is THIS SUNDAY, April 2

The Faith Community Partnership of Bethany United Methodist Church and Glen Mar United Methodist Church and Wilde Lake High School are hosting the ninth annual Soup‘r Sundae, a family event featuring soups prepared by area restaurants, as a fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Sunday, April 2, from noon-3 p.m., at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044.
Admission is $20 per adult and $5 per child under 12 and includes unlimited soup and bread and ice cream. There will be a silent auction with hundreds of items, music and entertainment for children.  Over 600 people attended last year’s event.

Tickets are at or by contacting Tickets will also be available at the door for cash and checks made out to Grassroots. See you there.
News & Pictures

Honor for Andrea Retired Grassroots Executive Director Andrea Ingram thanked well-wishers at a reception in her honor where County Executive Allan Kittleman announced that the Grassroots building would be renamed the Andrea Ingram Building.


Pass the Hat Members of Howard Community College’s Drama Department sponsored a Musical Cabaret fundraiser for Grassroots, raising $250 through entrance fees and passing the hat in the audience during “The Money Song” from Avenue Q. The students produced, choreographed, and starred in the production.  Performers were (kneeling from l.) Diego Esmolo, Wesley Leroux, Daniel Johnston, Cole Watts, Sarah Jane Bookter, Chania Hudson, Jake Foster and (sitting from l.) Ashe Frost, Kaity Krull, Sierra Young, Grassroots Student Outreach Coordinator Cathy Smith, Jordan Colea, Jonathan Polycranos, Liliana Evans and Jenny Male.


Nine Years in a Row The Columbia Town Center Rotary has been a sponsor of Soup’r Sundae, this year donating $1,500.  Grassroots’ Executive Director Ayesha Holmes made a recent visit to the club. Pictured are (standing from l.) Larry Waligora, Alvin Thompson, Sharon Waligora, Jan Cookson, Alan Ray, John Slater and (seated from l.) John Contrreras, Ayesha Holmes and Manisha Mehta.


Empty Bowls Results Hammond High School National Art Honor Society, Art Department and Culinary Department raised $1,100 at their Empty Bowls event.


Passionate Supporters At Pointer’s Run Elementary School, Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher Amy Cargiulo’s class of Change Matters ambassadors led the change collection campaign at the school.  The students made posters, read morning announcements, passed out Grassroots wrist bands, and counted all the change collected for donation to Grassroots. Special thanks to these young philanthropists.
Put the Brakes On Hillmuth Auto Care is working with Grassroots to “STOP the Madness in March” giving away free Brake Pads and/or Brake Shoes and donating 10% of all brake services revenues to Grassroots. Hillmuth has three locations in Howard County: 6810 Oak Hall Lane. in Columbia, 12411 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville and 2480 Route 97 in Glenwood. For information, visit

Empty Bowls Bonnie Branch Middle School 8th grade students and staff are hosting an Empty Bowls fundraiser for Grassroots on Thursday, March 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (tonight). For $5, attendees will get soup and a ceramic bowl made by a student.
Looking for Jewelry? The Silver Heron, located in The Mall in Columbia, is hosting an ALEX AND ANI Charity by Design fundraiser for Grassroots on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests can enjoy light refreshments while shopping the newest collections of ALEX AND ANI. Fifteen percent of sales will be donated to Grassroots.
More Empty Bowls The National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society and Culinary Department at Howard High School are hosting “Empty Bowls 2017” on Tuesday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Admission is $12 at the door. Admission includes soup, bread and a handmade soup bowl created by a student.
Talent at River Hill The annual River Hill Talent Show is set for Wednesday, April 5, 7-9:30 p.m., at the high school. Performances will include: Irish dancing by Gaby, Opera singing by Nika, K-pop dancing by Interruption, Magic, Jumproping by Kangaroo Kids, Hanging Munchkins band, Lights Out percussion band, Bollywood dancing, Breakdancing, Vocals with Piano by Paula and Nithya, and Vocals with Guitar by Tolu and James. Tickets at the door are $10.  Proceeds go to Grassroots, Islamic Relief USA and Doctors Without Borders.
Scenes & Scones Irish born oil painter and illustrator Katherine Farrell is hosting a fundraiser for Grassroots on Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 p.m., at her gallery, 10225 Camelford Court in Ellicott City.  “Scenes & Scones” will feature landscapes and still life paintings for sale, and hot scones and team will be served.  Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to Grassroots.  For more information, contact
Golf Tourney The 6th Annual Glen Mar Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 22 at the Timbers of Troy Golf Course in Elkridge.  The event, hosted by Glen Mar United Methodist Church, will benefit Grassroots. Golfers can register online at Sponsorship information is also available at

 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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