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Woman helping others during the pandemic

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 17, 2020

ANNAPOLIS — Mary “Masquerade” Parks works as the Director of Sales for the Hilton garden Inn, in Annapolis.

One day while baking cookies for the hospital and fire house, she heard, “Hey we really need masks”

Mary thought, “Thanks to my mom who taught me to sew.” So she started sewing mask after mask.

Well that’s not enough they said.

So Mary went to the mayor, restaurants and local business and suddenly Masks4Annapolis was underway.

You can be as creative and goofy and off the wall as you want, just make a mask. Every week a winner is awarded and at the end of this month, the band, Good Charlotte will pick “The Best Mask”.

The grand prize mask maker will get a two night stay at the Hilton along with free dinners at Kitchen on West Street and Latitude 38.

Just make up your cloth mask and put in a plastic bag and drop it off with an entry form at drop boxes all over town.

These masks will go to those who need them the most and to children who can’t afford them when they go back to school.

Entry forms and more information can be found at or at each drop-off site.

Prizes include gift cards, dinners, drinks and hotel stays from:


Boatyard Bar and Grill


Café Normandie

Sailor Oyster Bar (donated by Schooner Woodwind)

Kitchen on West Street

Latitude 38 Waterfront

Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis Downtown

Hampton Inn White House

Residence Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

Hampton Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown

Hyatt Place National Harbor