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Bay-CSS Communications Manager, Brandy Blackstone, talks with Marty Madden of The Baynet.com about the 5th Annual Bay-CSS 10k/5k Walk, Run & Roll. 

Organization Gets Set to Walk, Run & Roll
By MARTY MADDEN marty.madden@thebaynet.com
March 31, 2017  l The Baynet.Com

Hollywood, MD - No one has to sit on the sidelines Saturday, April 22. Instead of watching others have all the fun, have some fun yourself at the Fifth annual Bay-CSS Walk, Run and Roll. The unique event is a presentation of Bay Community Support Services (Bay-CSS), a regional organization providing services and opportunities for people with disabilities. According to Bay-CSS communications manager Brandy Blackstone, the Walk, Run and Roll is a “fun family event” that provides an opportunity for wide participation. The five “courses” of the event are a 10 kilometer (K) running event, a 10K walking event, a 5K race for runners, a 5K event for walkers and the “roll course,” which is approved for those in wheelchairs, pushing strollers, roller-skaters  and dog owners participating with their pets on a leash.

Blackstone told TheBayNet.com that when the event started it was held at Historic St. Mary’s City. “We wanted to something in Southern Maryland,” she stated. Bay-CSS holds a fund-raising golf tournament every year in Southern Anne Arundel County and the Walk, Run and Roll was envisioned as an ideal spinoff, given the popularity of 10K and 5K events.

“We wanted to do something different so that people with disabilities could participate,” said Blackstone. “That’s part of our mission.” Since the Bay-CSS offices are now located at Greenwell State Park, “it made sense to transfer it there.”

The 2016 event was the first-ever at Greenwell State Park and Blackstone said “it went very well. We had an incredible turnout with well over 100 people. A lot of children were there.”

The entry fee for Walk, Run and Roll is $20 in advance (before April 5). Those who register in advance get a free event T-shirt. The registration fee is $25 per person after April 5. Other perks for registered participants include the event breakfast, which is held prior to the race. Panera and IHOP will be providing the free breakfast. All participants are eligible for gift drawings.

Cash prizes are awarded to the males and females who finish first in both the 10K and 5K. There are also prizes for the largest team and the team that raises the most money.
Blackstone said the Walk, Run and Roll has raised an average of $10,000 to $15,000, with the goal this year to raise $20,000. All money raised from the event goes toward funding programs and services Bay-CSS provides. “The direct services that our agency provides are designed to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work successfully in their communities,” Blackstone stated. “The values of inclusion, choice and self-determination are emphasized. Bay-CSS provides residential services in agency group homes and privately-owned homes, along with personal supports, individual/family support services, supported employment and two day habilitation activity centers and transportation services is provided in all of these programs. Our services are customized to the individual's personal needs.” 

The organization is licensed through the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Registration Saturday, April 22 begins at 8 a.m. with the Walk, Run and Roll starting at 9 a.m. Blackstone said the event usually runs until noon and there is a good amount of parking at the venue. Bay-CSS is always looking for volunteers to help with the event—monitoring the races and cleaning up afterwards—plus, “we are still looking for participants, sponsors and donors.” Members of the Bay-CSS board and other members of the community also pitch in and help. “It’s definitely a team effort,” said Blackstone.

Major sponsors for the 2017 Walk, Run and Roll are Southern Maryland Women Magazine, McConkey Insurance Agency, Puzon Associates, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Dan Nardo/Annapolis Yacht Sales.

Bay-CSS’ Fifth annual Walk, Run and Roll will take place Saturday, April 22 rain or shine. Chesapeake Bay Running Club will be timing the event. Greenwell State Park is located at 25410 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood. For more information visit 

Thank you to the following news sources for helping to promote Bay-CSS' 25th Anniversary: The Capital Gazette News, Southern Maryland Woman Magazine, and The Enterprise Newspaper. 

A Life Worth Living: Connecting People with Disabilities to Their Communities
January 2, 2017 l Southern Maryland Woman Magazine

​Finding one’s calling in life can be a never-ending task. While it comes naturally to some, the Center for Disease Control reports nearly 40 percent of Americans have not discovered a satisfying life purpose. The study, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, discovered participants derived meaning from giving a part of News“Partly what we do as human beings is to take care of others and contribute to others. This makes life meaningful.”

For Mitzi Bernard, Executive Director of Bay Community Support Services, it’s fair to say meaningfulness is at an all-time high. Mitzi has been with the local non-profit for more than 27 years, and counting. “Hearing a parent say we saved their daughter’s life is the best part of my job,” she says. “Every day I feel good about what I do. We play a very important part in the community; we really do change people’s lives and really do make a difference in the world.” Read More>

South County: Bay-CSS celebrates 25 years of community service

January 6, 2017 l Capital Gazette Newspaper

​​...Bay-CSS supports people with many different kinds of abilities, needs and choices to live meaningful, productive lives where they can experience the successes and challenges of living and working in their communities. Direct services include residential support in personal homes or in group home settings, supported employment, individual and family support services, personal supports, daily activities and transportation.

"Our mission is to support folks to live and work in their communities, to be an active part of their communities," said Executive Director Mitzi Bernard. "We do everything we can to make that happen. It's very customized based on what the person needs, what their families need, what they need to be successful living in the community." Read More>

A shared vision fosters residents' independence
Dec 30, 2016 l Enterprise Newspaper

...“I love it. It’s a good environment,” Mikey Burton said during a recent visit to the property near Leonardtown by administrators from Bay Community Support Services, which got its start as a services committee of United Cerebral Palsy of Maryland. From its main office in Anne Arundel County and a satellite office in Hollywood, Bay-CSS now is in its 25th anniversary year, and serves people in four counties, including St. Mary’s.

“We change people’s lives,” Mitzi Bernard, Bay-CSS’ executive director, said at the dinner table of the house off Fairgrounds Road. “We provide services to all kinds of folks,” she said. “Our mission is to support folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They need to be part of their communities ... and out and about doing things, and having meaningful lives. They love to be fulfilled.”...
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January Cover of Southern Maryland Woman Magazine featuring Bay-CSS Executive Director, Mitzi Bernard

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Bay-CSS Executive Director, Mitzi Bernard, pictured with Brandy Blackstone, Bay-CSS Communications Manager. Photographed by Jerri Anne Hopkins of the Capital Gazette Newspaper.


Bay-CSS Executive Director, Mitzi Bernard,(far left), pictured with  Bay-CSS residential service participants. Photographed by John Wharton, Enterprise Newspaper



The 12th Annual Bay-CSS Golf Tournament

Monday, September 11, 2017

The 12th Annual Bay-CSS Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at South River in Edgewater, Maryland. Enjoy a fun day of golf for a great cause.

In recognition of 9/11, Bay-CSS is extending a 25% discount to dedicated First Responders (EMTs, Firefighters,
Police Officers), Current Military and Veterans. Please email mbureb@baycss.org for discount code.

Contact: Becki Mbure at

410-224-4205, ext.110  or mbureb@baycss.org for more info. about these and other upcoming events.

Charles County Day of Caring
Sponsored by the United Way of

Charles County
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Waldorf, Maryland

Employee Appreciation Banquet
Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Chesapeake Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Bay-CSS Holiday Party
Saturday, December 2, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
St. John Vianney Church in Prince Frederick, Maryland


Bay-CSS Executive Director, Mitzi Bernard, featured on the January 2017 Cover of Southern Maryland Woman Magazine

The 12th Annual Bay-CSS Golf Tournament Registration


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