It’s a recipe that has worked well since 2018: live music, tasty food and drinks, and a packed crowd. Larry Sells and Severna Park Lanes owner Mike Hall have relied on that formula to raise funds for Fight Colorectal Cancer, the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, and on July 9 from noon to 8:00pm at Severna Park Taphouse, they will support the Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) Foundation.
“All the proceeds are going to go to the BWMC Foundation because they do a lot of things – they feed people, they help nurses, they improve employee morale,” Sells said.
Nashville recording artist Chad Bearden will headline the concert, with Brent Stover and other musicians set to take the stage throughout the day.
“I always love anything for charity, especially when we can help health care workers,” Bearden said. “I love coming to Severna Park and I don’t think I’ve come to any event where that community hasn’t packed the place. I love seeing the way a small town rallies, and it’s an honor to support these organizations.”
Bearden will perform a stripped-down acoustic show.
“Typically for a full-band show, we have a setlist and we know what works,” Bearden said. “For these acoustic shows, it’s a nice change of pace. I get to sit on a barstool and play what people want to hear.
“Of course, we’ll probably end up playing ‘Sober’ because people like to hear that song, but if people say, ‘Play a Waylon Jennings song,’ we’ll do that too,” he said. “We’ll also have some new stuff. We’re just excited to be back in Severna Park after missing a few years because of COVID.”
George Evans will also play music for attendees. The Severna Park musician performed at Severna Park Taphouse in May for Burgers & Bands.
“Mental health is a big concern in our area. I’ve had two kids grow up in this area and I did as a teenager,” he said. “… Music is a fantastic vehicle to give back to communities.”
The BWMC Foundation concert is a “Two Good Guys production,” as Sells and Hall like to call their events.
“Our family has been a supporter of the hospital and foundation for decades,” Hall said. “Fundraisers like the one we are supporting at the Severna Park Taphouse July 9 are important and critical to help raise funds. Now more than ever, it is important to support our local hospital given the recent COVID impact and budget and financial challenges of operating a first-rate medical enterprise.”
Severna Park Taphouse regularly donates space to philanthropic causes, so when this request came to ownership, it was a resounding yes.
“The Severna Park Taphouse is delighted to host the BMWC Foundation music festival featuring Chad Bearden and so many other great local artists, including George Evans and Lee Priddy,” said Jessica Tinordi, general manager at Severna Park Taphouse. “The Taphouse has been a longtime supporter of local charities and we are grateful to be able to host events like this to bring the greater Severna Park community together. We hope that this event raises awareness about the BWMC Foundation that supports so many in our community.”
In addition to music, the event will feature a raffle for a 10-person crab feast (with beverages and sides included) at Donnelly’s Dockside. Raffle tickets are $100 and can be purchased online in advance, but only raffle 100 tickets are being sold.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets for the concert, the raffle or both, visit www.umms.org/bwmc/giving/tap-house.
“Community support is always important, but it’s especially important right now,” said Kathy Burk, executive director of the BWMC Foundation. “Even though things have gotten better and life has somewhat returned to normal, we’re still impacted by COVID from a staff and revenue standpoint. It means a lot to our entire team but especially our frontline team to know they aren’t forgotten during this challenging time for health care workers. I want to give a shoutout to Larry Sells, Mike Hall and Jessica Tinordi for making this possible.”
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