2018 Peace Day Celebration — SAVE THE DATE

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by jeni No Comments



Saturday, July 14, 2018

King Farm Village Green & local shops
800 Pleasant Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

(activity tents, games, moon bounce, entertainment — street area)
(food & beverage — Botanero, Fontina Grille, & Coffee Republic)

Peace activity tents & entertainment
 1-4 pm… (FREE)
Cake cutting & Peace Day proclamation
begin 2 pm… (FREE)
“Guest Bartending” and restaurant peace chats
continue til 7 pm…  


Join us for music & dancing, games & activities,
moon bounce & face painting, crafts & tie dye,
food & fun & and a festive celebration as we
Make Peace the News!

Facebook Event Info Link –> click here…  


Peace Day Event

Sponsorships Available

Let us celebrate YOU on our website,
in our print materials,
and in our media opportunities…
support peace with your sponsorship


Click here 
to learn more…  




Entertainment Featuring:

Mix 107.3′s Jimmy Alexander

Listen and laugh as this local DJ from the
Jack Diamond Morning Show keeps the
party moving with music & conversation

The Black & Tan Band

Enjoy Irish/Celtic music performed by
local judges and courthouse officials,
including King Farm neighbor — Michael Algeo
(the band will also be among our “Guest Bartenders”)


Be inspired by Jackie Zamora and dance along
with members of her dance group –
which celebrates youth and adults with
physical and developmental disabilities

Jump In & Dance

Get in the groove with John Chu and his dance group
as they lead folks of all ages in a dance celebration
to the tune of “Up Town Funk”

Kick’s Karate Rockville Demo Team

Watch local youth and adults share their talent,
respect, and self-control through martial arts
- -

Guest Bartending — with local leaders!

Get to know your local leaders (elected and campaigning)
as the pour one of the Peace Day signature drinks
(Sunrise Sangria & Sunset Cerveza
– Mattie’s fav time & color!)…
There will also be Tie Dye Peace Punch for the kids!
(Be sure to enjoy some great food and/or other beverages
at Botanero, Fontina Grille, or Coffee Republic)


Cake & Conversation (Meet & Greet) 

Embrace the opportunity
for children, teens, families, and neighbors,
to chat with local leaders (elected & campaigning leaders,
educators, police officers, fire fighters, and more…)
about fostering kindness & respect
and decreasing bullying
in homes, schools, & communities.



Media Coverage

Mix 107.3 Jack Diamond Morning Show
Rockville 11 TV
ABC7, CBS9, FOX5, NBC4 (invited)
Washingon Post (invited) 


Community Leaders & Special Guests


Representatives from the White House
Representatives from the Senate & Congress

Representatives from
state, county, & local government
Other leaders and special guests including
representatives police, fire, and education services 


in our “meet & greet”
and/or “guest bartending”

 State Senator Cheryl C. Kagan

 Maryland Delegate Marc Korman

 Montgomery County Council
President Hans Reimer

 Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton

 Members of the Rockville City Council

 Maryland Circuit Court
Judge (retired) Michael Algeo

 Members of the local judicial system

 Members of the Montgomery County Police Dept

 Members of the City of Rockville Police Dept

 Members of the City of Gaithersburg Police Dept

 Members of the Int’l Association of Fire Firefighters
(Montgomery & PG County, Greenburgh & Yonkers NY) 

 Local educators and community leaders

 VIP Guests from the We Are Family Foundation
& Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders  

 Author & Improv Artist — Robert Galinsky

 Children’s Author & Educator — Timothy Bellavia




2018 Peace Day Celebration
is a FREE event for all people
(we still have sponsorships available)

Donations are encouraged
to support the peace mission of the
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Our Peace Shop (1-4 pm)
will have wristbands, books, t-shirts,
personalized gifts bricks for
Mattie’s Park & more available
Peace Stations & Entertainment (1-4 pm)
will have hands-on activities, crafts, games,
& converstation tips for children and adults
to engage in understanding peace as a choice
Local Restaurants (1-7 pm)
to donate 15% proceeds
to Mattie’s Foundation from 1-7 pm
Please eat & drink generously!
And enjoy a chat with the “Guest Bartenders”
– local leaders (elected & campaigning & VIPs)

Botanero  Small Plates/Tapas & Signature Drinks
(Sunrise Sangria, Sunset Cerveza, Tie Dye Peace Punch)

Fontina Grille  Pasta, Pizza, Salads… & Signature Drinks
(Sunrise Sangria, Sunset Cerveza, Tie Dye Peace Punch)
Coffee Republic –  Muffins, cookies…  & Signature Drinks
several Peace Tea beverage options)




(CLICK HERE to learn more
about the benefits

of becoming a
2018 Peace Day
sponsor  or supporter)




Let us celebrate YOU on our website,
in our print materials,
and in our media opportunities…
support peace with your sponsorship

Mattie’s Peace Day 2018 Sponsor
– 1 available –

Learn more…

Program Tent & Stages
– 3 available –
Heartsongs (entertainment)
Dance for Peace (dancing!)
Garden (cake & conversation)

Learn more… 


Peace Activity Tents
– 7 available –
Seek Peace, Make Peace, Bring Peace,
Mosaic, Play for Peace, Kids & Kindness, &
Community Conversation Tents

Learn more… 

– unlimited number –

Learn more…










2018 Peace Day Planning Team


2018 Peace Guides



Pleasant Drive and the access road in front of
Botanero and Fontina restaurants
will be closed to accommodate
moon bounce and peace activity tents.
Please park in surrounding lots & streets.




E-mail HeartsongBooks@gmail.com
if you would like to be an event
Peace Guide Volunteer, Supporter, or Sponsor


The Peace Day event in King Farm celebrates
the City of Rockville, Maryland’s commitment
to an annual day dedicated to peace.
This activity is part of a larger effort to secure both
Peace Day proclamations at state and national levels. 

Learn more about the 
National Peace Day Campaign here…



About Mattie and this event…

Mattie J.T. Stepanek created seven NY Times Bestselling books of Heartsongs poetry and Just Peace essays before dying due to neuromuscular disease just before his 14th birthday. He was an award-winning peace advocate and a frequent guest on shows like Oprah, Larry King Live, and Good Morning America. Since his death in 2004, the City of Rockville, Maryland (where Mattie lived during his final years) has proclaimed his birthday as a “Peace Day,” encouraging local citizens to embrace peace through education and celebration, and rooted in information and inspiration provided in Mattie’s messages and materials. His namesake Foundation has been campaigng for a National Peace Day since 2014, with the support of thousands of citizens, celebrities, and politicians — including a former president, senators, congressmen, mayors and other representatives. This party and the mission to bring a day for peace to this country will be featured in an upcomong feature article in the Washingtonian Magazine.
Learn more about Mattie here…-
Learn more about the 
National Peace Day Campaign here…

Honor Mattie’s birthday with a gift
to his peace mission here…  




To be posted soon after the event… 



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