Corporate Sponsor Spotlight: Severn Savings Bank

Corporate sponsors provide vital operating support for Maryland Hall's creative arts activities. In return for their financial contribution, local businesses receive a variety of benefits that provide extensive visibility and the opportunity to "give back" to our community. "Maryland Hall must raise approximately half of our revenue from private sources -- individuals, corporations and foundations to ensure our creative programming thrives and grows," says Donna Anderson, MHCA's VP, Marketing and Development. "We are very grateful to corporate sponsors, like Severn Savings Bank, for their valuable support helping us deliver art for all to our community." Businesses interested in learning about sponsorship should contact MHCA's Development Office at 410-263-5544, ext. 25.

Kevin Carter, Severn Savings Bank

Why did Severn Savings Bank decide to be a Maryland Hall sponsor?
As the bank's CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) Officer, one the many things I’m responsible for is looking at where we are donating to the community we serve, what organizations we’re selecting and what those organizations do. We’ve made the conscious decision that one of the avenues we are going to support is the arts. Maryland Hall is the melting pot of the arts. It’s not just the performing arts, or dance or theatre, it’s also sculpture, painting. (Maryland Hall) provides summer programs for kids and programs throughout the school year, especially programs for underserved children. That’s a key part and that brings the CRA tie back in. One of the main things I look at is who is supporting the underserved and ensure that some of our dollars get directed towards those types of programs. At Maryland Hall, you can support all of the arts versus just one....It is a hub for the arts in the Annapolis community. It has sustainability.

Why is supporting the arts important?
Study after study show how the arts impact grades and education. Local school systems can fade in and out of the arts, but Maryland Hall is that constant where even if you feel as though your child isn’t getting (the arts) in their local school, there’s an avenue that you can go to. There is that tie into education and the importance of education in arts....It’s also clear that there’s an importance to the arts as it is related to the community that we live and work in. There’s also a tie to the arts and business and tourism....When there is a show at Maryland Hall, it affects the local restaurants that are within walking distance...there is an economic effect that the arts has and Maryland Hall has on this community.

Severn Savings Bank is very philanthropic in our community, why is that important to your business?
There are two parts. There is the part that by law and regulation--we are required to and that’s the CRA Act. But the bank has always been philanthropic. Our leader, Alan Hyatt, has always given back to the community either personally or through the bank....We feel it’s important to give back to the community that you serve--it's that simple...We support 40-50 nonprofits and I’m still running across some I never knew existed....All of the nonprofits seem to work together and support each other. You can go to a nonprofit event and see three other Executive Directors from other nonprofits attending and supporting that event....Being a small community bank, we all live and work and play in the Annapolis area. It is important to support the area and local organizations.

In a few words, how would you describe Maryland Hall?
Stability, innovative, fun, entertainment.