By Zach Sparks
Severna Park Taphouse is known for its food and craft beer, Wednesday trivia nights and occasional cornhole tournaments, but the restaurant had something else on tap during the winter. In support of the Maryland State Police’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, Severna Park Taphouse held several fundraisers.
On January 11, the staff threw a pre-plunge party with karaoke by JenEric Entertainment and $5 Polar Bear Plunge shooters. On January 25, $1 from every Flying Dog beverage sale was donated to Special Olympics Maryland.
“It’s really important to us to raise money for such a good cause and to raise awareness,” said Jessica Tinordi, manager at Severna Park Taphouse and wife of the restaurant’s owner, Mark Tinordi.
Severna Park Taphouse raised $8,720 this year, led by Jessica Tinordi with $2,245. The Tinordi family had set a goal of $6,000.
When they started supporting the plunge four years ago, they raised $1,700. Support from customers has grown every year since. That was especially evident during the pre-plunge party.
“We’ve done that every year the weekend before the plunge to bring in extra fundraising dollars at the last minute and to let people know how much we’ve raised,” Jessica said.
Fifty people packed a bus that drove to Sandy Point State Park on January 26, with about 36 employees doing the plunge.
“Folks are always asking if we do the plunge, and Mark and I have plunged the last four years since we started this,” Jessica said. “It ends up being a fun day for our team members to celebrate an achievement they have reached.”
Severna Park Taphouse also supports other community events and organizations including the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association (Green Hornets), the Strike Out Colorectal Cancer event at Severna Park Lanes, and Zack Fest, the annual barbecue, golf scramble, and cornhole tournament at Bay Hills Golf Club in Arnold. The event honors Zack Night, a 2006 Severna Park High School graduate who died in 2010 of injuries sustained after being struck by a car.
The restaurant will host a cornhole fundraiser for Green Hornets 12U baseball on April 5, and Burgers and Bands, a fundraiser for suicide prevention, on May 19. Follow Severna Park Taphouse on Facebook for details about these and other community events.
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