2024 Spring Party Information

2024 Spring Party Information

The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) will host its annual Spring Party on Thursday, May 16. The Spring Party will again be on the grounds of The Apple Ford Center at Athol Manor in Columbia from 5-8 p.m.

With a tasty variety of food trucks, raw bar, wine, local beer and Sobar zero-alcohol offerings served by guest bartenders, live music and party tents, the event is a local rite of spring. Featuring a guest list of community leaders and foundation friends, the Spring Party continues to be the networking event of the season in Howard County.

This event will be held outside on the grounds around historic Athol Manor. Business casual and lawn party chic attire are recommended, but please dress appropriately for the weather. Unless there is an extreme weather event, the party will go on rain or shine.

The evening will feature:

  • Food stations from a variety of local favorite food trucks
  • Sweet treats include an ice cream truck and candy bar
  • Raw Bar with oyster shucker
  • Local craft beer
  • Seasonal wines
  • Signature zero-alcohol Sobar cocktails, beer and wine
  • Live acoustic music
  • Networking with old and new friends


The event helps raise critical operating funds for the foundation’s mission to connect people, places and organizations to worthy causes across Howard County and beyond. Early bird tickets for the evening of networking, entertainment, food and drink are $100 before May 1 and are on sale now.


We hope you or your business will consider sponsoring the event. A sponsorship gives your business valuable exposure and visibility to an active, desirable demographic of movers and shakers across Howard County, while showing your support of local nonprofits. Please consider a sponsorship to provide exposure for your business and to help the foundation with its strategic mission to connect people, places and organizations to worthy causes across Howard County and beyond.


We have arranged for guests to park for free nearby at Beth Shalom as the primary option. Please look for spots at Beth Shalom first. Beth Shalom is located at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia.

Two shuttle buses will run continuously during the event to bring guests to Athol Manor and back to their cars. Shuttles will run from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Shuttle stops will be designated with signage.

No parking will be available in the Brightview or Community Foundation lot, but drivers can circle through the lot to drop off guests before parking remotely.

Additional street parking is allowed along Martin Road. Please observe the posted signage!