CFHoCo to Hold Annual Spring Party on May 24

CFHoCo to Hold Annual Spring Party on May 24

COLUMBIA, Md.—The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, will hold the annual Spring Party outdoors on the foundation’s grounds at The Apple Ford Center at Athol Manor. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 6680 Martin Road in Columbia.

The Spring Party offers an evening of networking and socializing with the foundation’s donors, friends and community leaders as well as food trucks, a raw bar, Sobar zero-alcohol cocktails, craft beer and wine, an ice cream truck and candy bar and live acoustic music. Guests may also tour Athol Manor, one of the oldest residential properties in Howard County. Added this year will be a grand raffle, aerial performers and an art exhibit by Art Connection in the Capital Region.

“A local rite of spring for more than 40 years, the Community Foundation’s Spring Party continues to be the networking event of the season in Howard County,” said Beverly White-Seals, president and CEO of the foundation. “We’re looking forward to welcoming community leaders and foundation friends to our beautiful home in Columbia and hope to see you there.”

Proceeds from the Spring Party will benefit the foundation’s programs and services promoting local philanthropy and providing grant funding to nonprofit organizations serving Howard County. Tickets cost $100. For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit

New this year is the formation of a volunteer planning committee for this signature event. Led by Honorary Chair Laura Bacon, founder of The 3rd, the committee includes Dan Flynn of the Community Foundation, Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, executive director of the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, Dan Kelliher of Kelliher & Salzer, Gregg Smith of MISI/Dreamport, Tim Ward of KatzAbosch, Terri Carpenter of Maryland Public Television, Bob Zhang of USABal Solutions and Brooke Edwards of Edwards Performance Solutions.

“I am excited to support the Community Foundation of Howard County by serving as honorary chair for this year’s Spring Party,” said Bacon. “I look forward to utilizing my passion for community building and making a difference in the lives of others to benefit The Community Foundation of Howard County and their Spring annual event.”

The Community Foundation of Howard County serves as a knowledgeable, trusted partner that forges connections between donors and nonprofit organizations to provide impactful investments in Howard County. Since 2020, the foundation awarded more than $7 million through more than 1,200 grants to organizations delivering human service, arts and cultural, educational and civic programs. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation’s endowment supported by more than 375 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals. For more information, visit or call 410-730-7840.