Bo's Effort 4th Annual Golf Tournament

The DePaola family and the entire Bo’s Effort Foundation would like to extend our sincere thanks for your generous support and participation in the 4th Annual Bo’s Effort Golf Tournament.  It was a beautiful day and could not have done it without YOU!


Here are some shared thoughts…..


“I want to congratulate you on an excellent tournament. Many thanks for all that you are doing to lead the conversation and fundraising around the issue of mental illness. You are such a blessing to AAMC and the many families who benefit from your support in our community.” Jan Woods, President and Chief Development Officer - Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation


“Another great success!  Bo would be so proud. Your Board of Directors and team do such a wonderful job every year!  What you do for raising awareness for mental illness/mental health is awesome.”  – Fred Delp, Executive Director - NAMI-ACC


“Wow! I’ve been to many events and I have to say I’ve never seen a more organized, professional and first class event and show of respect for Bo that will live forever... Excellence is the first thing that comes to mind !!!!!” Richard Stellabuto, President/CEO - Iron World Manufacturing


“Today’s tournament was definitely one for the memory books. All the conversations I had with people today centered around them saying how great the tournament was, the positive vibe, the yummy food, and what wonderful work Bo’s Effort is doing for mental health.”  – Deborah R. Terhune, Certified Event Planner - Ramsey Madison Events


More than 250 people attended the tournament, auction and dinner. It was another fabulous event, where we exceeded our goals and inspired (now more than ever) to do more to improve awareness, break the stigma of mental illness and increase resources in and around our county. We can’t thank you enough!


Please take a moment to view our highlight videos:


Please save the date of May 18th 2020 for the 5th annual golf tournament. 


In gratitude,

Bo's Effort Board of Directors


In loving memory of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and dear friend. Bo's smile could light up any room and his spirit continues to shine on, just like the sun that came out the morning of the tournament and stayed with us as we played and celebrated. It was impossible to ignore his presence! We know Bo is so proud of the love and support shown by his friends and family. We are beyond grateful. There are no words to express how it feels to lose someone and yet watch his life inspire so many.

John, Jill, Katie and Johnny


Congrats to Our 2019 Winners!


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What's New!

February 25, 2019

Bo’s Effort visited the construction site of the new Anne Arundel Medical Center mental health hospital and proudly presented a check for $150,000.  This facility is scheduled to open in 2020 and will serve up to 900 patients a year.  It will provide a full spectrum of mental health services for both inpatient and outpatient care.

(L-R Representing Bo's Effort: Johnny DePaola, John DePaola, Thabata DePaola, Carlos Sera, Todd Sodeman, Todd Garvett, Bridget Burns and Jill DePaola. Representing AAMC: Jo Deaton, Donna Phillips, Danny Watkins, Barbara Jacobs and Jan Wood)

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October 23, 2018

Bo’s Effort was well represented at the Anne Arundel Mental Health Agency annual appreciation dinner in Annapolis, MD. Our board of directors (L-R Todd Sodeman, Todd Garvett, Bridget Burns and Carlos Sera) attended this event to help celebrate their accomplishments and honor those who lost their lives in the Annapolis Capital Gazette shooting. They are doing incredible work and should be recognized for being one of the leading mental health agencies in the country. Thank you for all you do!

October 5, 2018 

On October 5th the first Bo DePaola Award for Excellence was awarded at the 2018 NAMI Gala.  The deserving recpient of the award was Kate Callahan.

Kate Callahan is the Adult Aftercare Specialist for the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. and has been since 2008.  She has been instrumental in providing support and resources to Anne Arundel County residents.  Kate has always created an open door for individuals to reach out and is always able to come up with a creative solution.  Kate has fostered relationships with County and State Behavioral Health officials.    She is a member of the Commission on Disability Issues and has been an avid supporter and participant of disability awareness day.  She has been the behavioral health chair of Homeless Resource Day for the past four years.  Kate is the SOAR team lead in Anne Arundel County, she provides support and technical assistance to our case management providers to help fast track individuals to obtain SSI and SSDI.  Kate is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and she is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. 

Kate oversees special funding for individuals who otherwise may not have access to community-based placements.  She participates in the Consumer Quality Team for Anne Arundel County residential rehabilitation providers.  Kate is always a strong advocate for the individuals to ensure that their needs are appropriately being met.  Kate looks forward to a day when behavioral health disorders are understood to be organic and genetic and the stigma no longer exists.  So do we, Kate!  Congratulations!

October 5, 2018

Bo’s Effort gives the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness $20,000 to support programming and education for people struggling with mental illness and families going through what the DePaolas went through.

(L-R Kathleen Geary, Deb and Todd Garvett, Katie DePaola, Jill and John DePaola and Deb Terhune)

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All donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated!  Bo’s Effort is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 81-2909943.

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