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The event that defined July for us was our Independence Day parade. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Rich History,” and our grand marshal was Kevin Sosnoski, third-generation owner of Goska’s Liquors.
We had close to 120 entries. It was a challenging task to fit everyone in our staging areas. Thanks to our fantastic volunteers, everything ran smoothly. Volunteers included Tommy Sommers of LogoZone Promotions, Sherri Norton of Live! Casino and Hotel along with her daughter Kaiya and friend Alex, Mark Belcher of Coastline Mortgage, Coby Smith of Coldwell Banker, Carol Heckman and Lisa Manning of Trillium Wellness, Trish May of Keller Williams Integrity, Patrick Lee of Chesapeake Think Tank along with his daughter April Lee, new community member Ken Maquire, and Alison Jessie of the chamber.
Parade logistics volunteers were Jim Fernan of Vertex Carpentry, Corporal Jamie Grover of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, John Shuraparu of Scout Pack 339 and Jim League, chamber first man.
Our decorated bike contest was held at the chamber for our youngest members in the community. Many thanks to Suellen Gerbracht of Edinboro Early School and her team, Colette Barnes of KinderCare Learning Center in Severna Park, and the great employees of The Big Bean who volunteered. A huge thank you to sponsor Miral Khalil, owner of Kheloney Inc. And thank you to Franklin’s Toys for its donation of gift cards to the winners!
Our wonderful master of ceremonies was Earl Schaffer once again.
Parade judges were Dianna Lancione and Jonathan Katz of the Severna Park Voice, Jill Rudiger of Capitol Title, Tara Dean of Primary Residential Mortgage Inc., and Stacey Cassidy of Savvy Consignment, who has been a judge for12 years.
Our “Open for Business” (OFB) sponsors were Chick-fil-A of Severna Park, Friends of Jessica Haire, and Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy. Many thanks to Greg and Christie Coster of The Big Bean for donating coffee and breakfast goodies as well as Lisa Schneiderman of Lisa’s Cakepops for donating beautiful pops for the OFB sponsor tents.
Our community sponsors were Goska’s Liquors and SERVPRO of Annapolis and Severna Park.
Award sponsors were Naptown Scoop, JB’s/Park Tavern, and Budding Voices. DJ sponsors were Delegate Heather Bagnall and Steuart Pittman for County Executive. Freedom sponsors were Severna Park Auto and Homestead Gardens. The judge’s sponsor was PRMI. Independence level sponsors were C2 Education, Steak ‘n Shake in Millersville, Peggy Love of Annapolis Fine Homes/Long and Foster Real Estate, and LaToya Nkongolo for Delegate.
The comfort station sponsor was the Severna Park Community Center. Sparkler sponsors were Macaroni KID Annapolis, Macaroni KID Pasadena-Severna Park-Glen Burnie, Party Up My Yard, Stretch, Bliss Wellness, Franklin’s Toys, Jean Andrews and Christine Joyce of Long and Foster Real Estate, and the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi.
Finally, a huge thank you to our unsung heroes: the Severna Park Voice for your stellar coverage of the event from start to finish, Gardiner and Appel for the use of your space, Elmore Law Group for the use of your space, and SERVPRO for the many years of storing our eagle float. You are the best!
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