Letter To The Editor: An Open Letter To Greater Severna Park And Neighboring Communities


There are many wonderful local businesses that provide special and unique shopping experiences in Severna Park. Please shop and support our local businesses as they support Severna Park, even when they know they are not going to gain notoriety nor an advertising bump.

For multiple years, including this year, The Cottage, Your Preppy Present and Victory Awards have made donations for auction and raffle items as well as prizes for Golfing For Gabi, a golf tournament held on Long Island, New York.

This is Gabi’s story: On October 16, 2018, Gabriella Pellicani, at just 5 years of age, lost her 10-month battle to glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer. Gabi was treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

August 5 will mark the sixth annual Golfing For Gabi, which was started by Gabi’s parents, Fabiana and Nick Pellicani, to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Nick is a 2000 graduate of Severna Park High School.

Next time when looking for a special or unique gift or awards for a team or activity, please resist looking online. Instead, please make a habit of shopping and supporting our local business leaders: Andy and Lucy Bird (Victory Awards), Sue Gauthier (The Cottage) and Jenny Moran (Your Preppy Present).

These are amazing local owners who are here for us in more ways than you know. You will be glad you did!

P.S. – Are you moved by this event? Want to donate in some way but the event in Long Island is impractical?

For six years, the community and families of Severna Park have made hole No. 5 an unofficial sponsor of Golfing For Gabi. Why hole No. 5? Gabi lost her battle at the age of 5, so dedicating hole No. 5 to her was a no-brainer. Hole No. 5 has raised over $40,000 through the generosity and kindness of people just like you. Help support the outstanding work being done for pediatric cancer research.

Please consider donating today and help hole No. 5 continue the amazing legacy of the Severna Park community so, one day, other families will not have to lose a child to this insidious disease.

Payment can be made via Venmo (golfing4gabi). Checks made out to Dana-Farber or cash can be given to coach Pellicani (mailed to 49 Hatton Drive, Severna Park, 21146) for delivery on August 5 at the sixth annual Golfing For Gabi. Credit card payments can also be made directly to Dana-Farber.

Every cent of all donations to hole No. 5 goes to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

As the saying goes, “Many giving a little can add up to a great deal.”

Paul and Lisa Pellicani
Severna Park


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