Schedule Highlights

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by admin No Comments

 

Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. — 

Presentations, Interviews, Keynotes, Chats, & Events

Upcoming and Recent Highlights:

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EVENTS IN PLANNING/FUTURE MONTHS…

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TBD 2020
Mattie Symposium
- 1st Annual Mattie Lecture – Raymond Arroyo (EWTN)
“Why Mattie Still Matters” - Jeni Stepanek, PhD
“Heartsongs” table – art, information…
- conversation & light refreshments…
John Paul II Center
Washington, DC

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July 27, 2020
Toast to Peace
#MakePeaceTheNews
Global live vis social media
Details being planned…
DC City Winery
Washington, DC

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July 11, 2020
2020 Peace Day Celebration
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
#MakePeaceTheNews
Peace Walk, Proclamation Program,
Peace Station activities and family fun…
Details being planned…
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
Rockville, MD

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March 27-April 3, 2020
Just Peace Summit
Three Dot Dash GTLs / WAFF
New York, NY

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March 25-26, 2020
Train the Trainer sessions
Just Peace Summit
Three Dot Dash GTLs / WAFF
New York, NY

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March 6, 2020
Toast to Peace
#MakePeaceTheNews

Details being planned…
Ontario, Canada

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March 2-9, 2020
(March 4 – Union mtg)
Roadtrip to Ontario
#MakePeaceTheNews

IAFF station visits…Details being planned…
Hamilton / Mississauga, Canada

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January, 2020 (TBD)
Mosaics & Music
#MakePeaceTheNews
Details being planned…
musicians… food & drink…
DC City Winery
Washington, DC

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December 7, 2019
Fantasy Flight
- Children’s Hospice/United Airlines
Dulles International Airport
Virginia

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November 2019 (TBD) 
Created In God’s Image: I Am… We Are
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek -
presentation & discussion

St. Rose of Lima – Youth & Families
Gaithersburg, MD

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November 23, 2019
Mattie’s Foundation
- Annual BOD Meeting
Followed by Foundation Toast to Peace gathering…
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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November 22, 2019
Mattie’s Foundation
- Retreat & Planning Session
Creating the vision & success for 2020
Mattie’ Foundation 15 year anniversary activities
Derwood, MD

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November 8, 2019
Toast to Peace
#MakePeaceTheNews

Details being planned…
Pete’s Saloon
White Plains, NY

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November 6-8, 2019
IAFF interviews & station visits
 for “I Am… a Mosaic of Mattie”
documentary filming
Greenburgh & Yonkers, NY

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November 5, 2019
We Are Family Celebration
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award
presented to (TBA) by Dr. Jeni Stepanek
New York, NY

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EVENTS COMING UP SOON…

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October 27, 2019
Annual White Mass – Celebrating All Abilities
Mattie’s Guild members to be at Mass & reception
St. Matthew’s Cathedral
Washington, DC

October 22 (& Sept 17), 2019
Raising to Rise
Podcast interview with Guy Michlin
Baltimore, MD

 

October 13, 2019
President Jimmy Carter’s guest
Sermon & Sunday School gathering

Maranatha Baptist Church
Plains, GA

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October 9, 2019
Pathways to Peace:
Enhancing Cross Culture Awareness
World Languages and Global Initiatives
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek – Keynote

Jubilee International Symposium
Georgia Department of Education
Americus, GA

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October 8, 2019
Peace Certification Journey – celebration
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek
presentation & conversation with students & staff

Furlough Charter School
Americus, GA

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October 7, 2019
Peace Certification Journey – conversation 
conversation & planning with staff

Furlough Charter School
Americus, GA

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October 6, 2019
Bookclub Meeting with Mama Peace
- “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek”
Calvary Episcopal Church Ladies Book Club

Americus, GA

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October 4, 2019
Toast to Peace – #MakePeaceTheNews
Flashback First Friday event
Details in planning…
Americus, GA

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October 4, 2019
Pathways to Peace — For Our World
Laura Bauer & Dr. Jeni Stepanek 

Kiwanis Club Meeting
Americus, GA

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October 3, 2019
Bookclub Meeting with Mama Peace
- “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek”
Book ‘Em Danno Book Club

Americus, GA

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October 2019 (Tentative – TBD) 
Created In God’s Image: I Am… We Are
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek -
presentation & discussion

All are welcome to attend…
Fellowship Baptist Church
Sumter County, Georgia

September 29, 2019
Reunion Mass & Parish Family Picnic
Most Holy Rosary
Upper Marlboro, MD

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September 28, 2019 (6 pm)
Blue Tie Ball — benefit for
Holy Cross Health Cancer Institute &
Radiation Treatment Center
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek – Speaker / Patient Representative
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852
–> REGISTER / SPONSOR / TICKETS –> HERE…  

September 28, 2019
Flapjacks Fundraiser
- for Main Street Project
and Mattie’s Peace Room :)
Rockville Town Center Square
Rockville, MD

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September 27, 2019
Bookclub Meeting with Mama Peace
- “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek”
Iowa Child Life Council members
hosted by Jodi Bauer
Iowa / Maryland (Skype)

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September 26, 2019 (3 pm)
Peace Rocks - placement in Mattie’s Park
- with global neighbors (local & Ireland)
- ALL ARE WELCOME to join

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
Rockville, MD

September 26, 2019 (3 pm)
Annual Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peace Lecture
(with Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative)
Ingleside at King Farm
Rockville, MD

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September 22, 2019
Cancer Survivorship Celebration
Oncology providers & patients

Holy Cross Hospital
Wheaton, MD

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Fall 2019 (TBD) 
Created In God’s Image: I Am… We Are
- Dr. Jeni Stepanek -
presentation & discussion

All are welcome to attend…
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Gaithersburg, MD

Fall 2019 (Date TBD)
Who is Mattie Stepanek

& Why Does He Matter?
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Presentation & Discussion for Grades 4-8
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School
Rockville, MD

Fall 2019 (Date TBD)
Mattie Stepanek: 
A Little Boy Who Talked with God
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Presentation & Discussion for Pre-K – Grade 3
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School
Rockville, MD

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RECENT & NOTABLE PAST EVENTS…

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September 5-8, 2019 (all day, each day)
Annual IAFF / MDA Softball Fundraiser Tournament
- with “Mattie’s Boys” 

International Association of Fire Fighters
& Muscular Dystrophy Association
 Fun begins Thursday and continues through Sunday
 ALL WEEKEND - Jeni’s Jam – Irish Red Ale peace brew (cans/draft)
 BBQ, corn hole, games, homerun derby… – Thursday evening
 Softball games begin – Friday 7 am
 Opening Ceremony –  Friday 6 pm
 Canadian Breakfast – Saturday 6-9 am
 Mardi Gras & Dance Party – Saturday sundown
 Annual Chinese food lunch – Sunday afternoon
 Closing Ceremony – Sunday after champion games
ALL ARE WELCOME — FREE ENTRY
Food & drink & t-shirts & more on sale…
Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro, MD

August 31, 2019
Grand Opening Event
with raffle to benefit Mattie’s Foundation
King’s Craft Beer, Wine & Deli

Rockville, MD

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August 28, 2019
Peace Certification Journey
- celebration with Mama Peace

VisArts Summer Camp Program
Rockville, MD

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August 19-23, 2019
CBSS Summer Institute
Education Strategies for Students with CVI 
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound Team Member
University of Maryland, College Park

August 14, 2019
Peace Certification Journey
- conversation with Mama Peace

VisArts Summer Camp Program
Rockville, MD

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July 29, 2019
Upcounty Community Resources & Botanero
- UCR WORKS Program = Graduation Celebration

Job skills training for young people with disabilities
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

July 14, 2019
Toast to Peace
#MakePeaceTheNews
Global live vis social media
DC City Winery
Washington, DC

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July 13, 2019

PEACE DAY CELEBRATION

Street Fair — FREE — 1-5 pm
King Farm Village Green
 Pleasant Drive & King Farm Blvd area
– Music/Performers include DJ Genius, 
–  The Black & Tan Band, David Roth, ZamDancers
– Peace Station Tents (arts, crafts, tie-dye, mosaics… )
– Cake & Conversations (VIPs, police, firefighters…)
– Moon bounce, face painting, family fun…
All Day Food & Drink Specials (1-8 pm)
– Botanero - tapas & guest bartending
——— Sunrise Sangrias & Sunset Cerveza
   —— (and Tie Dye Peace Punch for the kids!)
—————-poured by elected leaders!
– Fontina Grille - Italian food, salads, sandwiches
Happy Hour & Dance Party — 5-8 pm
– Botanero Restaurant (Event Room & Main Dining)
– – Music & dancing (DJ Jackie Zamora & ZamDance)
– – Food specials, guest bartending, signature drinks
– – #MakePeaceTheNews (media & Foundation)
LEARN MORE HERE…  

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July 8, 2019 (7 pm) 
Mattie’s Peace Day Proclamation
City of Rockville – Mayor & Council
City Council Meeting
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850

July 4, 2019 (evening)
City of Rockville – Independence Day Festivities
Music & Fireworks
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
1800 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

July 2019 (DATE TBD) 
Mattie’s Peace Day Proclamation
Montgomery County, MD Council
information coming soon…
Rockville, MD 20850

June 26, 2019 (6-8 pm)
Pre-Peace Day “#PeaceRocks”
Visarts community activity
for children & adults
#RockvilleRocks4Peace

- Free community peace rock activity
- for global neighbors of all ages

- Promotional materials for Peace Day July 13 event 
Downtown location
Rockville, MD

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June 22, 2019
Annual 5K Walk & Roll-a-thon
Upcounty Community Resources Fundraiser
Registration link — click here…
Bohrer Park
Gaithersburg, MD

June 22
Celebrating Mattie’s 15 Year Anniversary 

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Mass & Reception
-0- at St. Francis of Assisi

– 11 am
Mattie’s 15 Year Memorial Mass

– 12-1:30 pm
Reception hosted by Mattie’s Guild

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD
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 ——– ALL ARE WELCOME
———– FREE EVENT

June 20 2019 (8 pm EST – 1st airdate)
(repeats several times in June)
EWTN’s The World Over
Interview with Raymond Arroyo
Mattie’s life and spiritual legacy
Washington, DC

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June 17, 2019 (1 pm hour)
WMET – Christian Radio 
Interview
Mattie’s life and spiritual legacy
Washington, DC

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June 11, 2019
Certification Celebration!
- KTS Peace Certification Journey

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation &
Katherine Thomas Moore School
at the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park & Peace Garden
Rockville, MD

June 10, 2019
Book Club Discussion & Parish Gathering:
Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek
ALL ARE WELCOME
St. Elizabeth’s Church
Rockville, MD

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June 9, 2019 (11 am – 2 pm)
Mass & Mattie’s Guild Meeting
- Preparing for Mattie’s 15th Anniversary

Most Holy Rosary Parish
Duley Station Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

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June 2, 2019 — 3-5 pm
Mosaics & Music:
#MakePeaceTheNews

— Unveiling of the 2018 Community Peace Mosaic
— Commissioned cello music by Wytold
— Performance by Sylver Logan Sharp
— Spoken word by Omekongo Dibinga
— Mattie’s Heartsongs by local youth
— Wine & apps, and more…
— Meet & Greet with leaders & VIPs
 
Advance tickets: $25 Early Bird
At the Door: $30 each
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Dawson’s Market
225 N. Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850

ALL ARE WELCOME
Tickets Available HERE: 

–> Mattie’s Peace Shop — click here… 
–> or e-mail MattieOnline.com@gmail.com

This event suports Mattie’s Foundation
and the free Peace Day Celebration during July

Learn more & view photos here…

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June 2, 2019 (10 am — airdate)
Radio interview –
Jeni Stepanek with Michael O’Neill
of “The Miracle Hunter” on Relevant Radio

May 31, 2019
Mix 107.3 “Mattie’s Loyal Messengers”
Jack Diamond & Jimmy Alexander radio show
with Jeni Stepanek – Mattie’s mom / Mama Peace
#MakePeaceTheNews
Washington, DC

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May 29, 2019 (6-8 pm)
Happy Hour & Conversation with Women Leaders
“Cheryl-tini” with Sen. Cheryl Kagan & others
Fundraiser & Community Gathering
Visarts – Rockville, MD

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May 29, 2019
Good Morning Washington (ABC / WJLA)
Interview with Jeni Stepanek, PhD
– Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News
Washington, DC
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View the clip on Facebook
– CLICK HERE…  

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May 24, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild Meeting
- Preparing for Mattie’s 15th Anniversary

Rockville, MD

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May 23, 2019
Mosaics & Music event planning session
Rockville, MD

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May 23, 2019
Holy Cross Hospital Foundation — Blue Tie Ball
Planning Session with committee leaders
for the new cancer/radiation treatment center 

Rockville, MD

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May 23, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild Planning Session
- Preparing for Mattie’s 15th Anniversary

Rockville, MD

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May 22, 2019
Celebration with 5th Graders
“The Legend of the Three Tress”
– dedicated to Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Play performance & conversation
St. Elizabeth’s School
Rockville, MD

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May 20, 2019
Upcounty Community Resources & Botanero
- UCR WORKS Program Session 5

Job skills training for young people with disabilities
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

May 17, 2019 
Mosaic & Music event — planning session
Network gathering
Dawson’s Market
Rockville, MD

May 16, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild Planning Session
- Preparing for Mattie’s 15th Anniversary

Rockville, MD

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May 14, 2019 (5:30-7 pm)
Business Connectors HH
Network gathering
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

May 13, 2019
Maryland Business Network (MBX)
Rockville – working lunch meeting
Lurn Center
Rockville, MD

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May 10, 2019
Peace Certification Activities
& Grandparents Day Program
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Katherine Thomas School / Students & Staff
Rockville, MD

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May 8, 2019
Main Street Project — planning session
- ”Mattie’s Peace Room” 
Rockville, MD

May 6, 2019
Planning Session
- KTS Peace Certification Journey

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Katherine Thomas Moore School / Staff
Rockville, MD

May 5, 2019
Mattie’s Foundation & ZamDance –
Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta (Fun’draiser)

A celebration of peace, & acceptance…
with food, fun, and friends…
3-5 pm — ZamDancers perform, music, food specials
5-7 pm – “Get to Know Your Neighbor” Happy Hour
7pm til…. (?) — DJ Genius, dancing, and celebration!
Guest bartending — Mattie’ritas & Zamaritas
Botanero Restaurant
800 Pleasant Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

FREE ENTRANCE — Donations Encouraged
EventBrite Information page here…

Learn more & view photos here… 

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May 4-5, 2019 (11-4 pm each day)
Pre-Peace Day “Mosaic Building”
Visarts community activity
Arts Festival 

- Free community mosaic activity for global neighbors
- Early Bird tickets sales for June 2 Mosaic event
- Promotional materials for Peace Day July 13 event 
Downtown Streets
Rockville, MD

May 2019
Annual “Ride for Life” event
- Harley Davidson & MDA
Presentation of the annual
—- Mattie J.T. Stepanek Champion Award
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Champion, PA

May 3, 2019
Annual Skype Peace Chat
- Mrs. Romero’s 5th Grade Class

“Coast to Coast Peace Chat & Party”
Morningside Elementary School
San Fernando, California

April 29, 2019
Upcounty Community Resources & Botanero
- UCR WORKS Program Session 4

Job skills training for young people with disabilities
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

April 27, 2019 (11 am – 2 pm)
Promotional Table for Peace Events
Dawson’s Market “Spring Fling” 

- Early Bird tickets sales for June 2 Mosaic event
- Promotional materials for Peace Day July 13 event 
Dawson’s Market
225 N. Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850

April 24, 2019
Children with Life-Threatening Conditions:
Working with Children and Families
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Guest Lecturer — Early Childhood Class – Special Education
University of Maryland, College Park

April 24, 2019
Medically-Fragile Conditions:
Working with Children and Families
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Guest Lecturer — Early Childhood Class – Special Education
University of Maryland, College Park

April 23, 2019 (11a-1p)
Rockville/MoCo Business Network
Meeting & Lunch
Gordon Biersch
Rockville, MD

April 2019 (date TBD)
Why Mattie Matters:
Choosing to Live a Devotional Life
Dr. Jeni Stepanek

Presentation & Discussion
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Rockville, MD

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April 17, 2019
DTMG / Do the Most Good
Happy Hour with Congressman David Strone
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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April 11, 2019
Main Street Connection
“Mattie’s Peace Room”
Planning Session
Rockville, MD

April 9, 2019
CNN filming for Mattie profile
with Chris Cuomo’s team
Mattie’s Park & local areas…
Rockville, MD

April 2, 2019
“Is Hope Real? Is Peace Possible?
A Conversation with Mama Peace”
Dr. Jeni Stepanek
Guest Lecturer — University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Stacey MacKinnon’s class
The Psychology of Good and Evil
PEI, Canada (via Skype)

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March 28, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
- Montgomery County Team Planning Meeting & Mass
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
Rockville, MD

March 27, 2019 (2-7 pm)
Peace Day Planning Sessions
- - 2019 Peace Day event
- - Mosaics & Music event 
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Dawson’s Market
Rockville, MD

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March 18, 2019 (3-8 pm)
Informal Planning Connection Sessions
- 2019 Peace Day

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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March 13, 2019
Mattie’s Legacy of Peace
CNN’s Chris Cuomo & Jeni Stepanek

Interview for CNN special series (to include Mattie)
New York, NY

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March 13, 2019
CNN Town Hall Peace Chat
Chris Cuomo & WAFF/3DD Global Teen Leaders

Interview for CNN special series (to include Mattie)
New York, NY

March 8-15 2019
Just Peace Summit
11th annual gathering – Global Teen Leaders
Sponsored by the We Are Family Foundation
“Mame Peace & Mattie’s Message” – morning peace chats
New York, NY

March 6-7, 2019
Train-the-Trainer Sessions -
2019 Just Peace Summit Facilitation Team
New York, NY

February 24, 2019 (11 am) 
Created in God’s Image: I Am… We Are
- Sunday Church Presentation & Discussion
with Dr. Jeni Stepanek

All are welcome to attend…
Maranatha Baptist Church
Plains, GA

 

February 22, 2019
The Future of Mattie’s Foundation
Meeting with President Jimmy Carter

Plains, GA

February 22, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship
- Meeting with Rosalynn Carter Institute Leaders

Southwestern Georgia University
Americus, GA

February 21, 2019 (4-6 pm) 
Book Signing — “Messenger” 
- & Meet & Greet with Dr. Jeni Stepanek

All are welcome to attend…
Cafe Campesino
Americus, GA

February 8, 2019
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
- Montgomery County Team Planning Meeting & Mass

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
Rockville, MD

January 30, 2019
First Planning Session
- KTS Peace Certification Journey

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Katherine Thomas Moore School / Planning Team
Rockville, MD

January 28, 2019
First Planning Meeting Session
- 2019 Peace Day

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

January 28, 2019
Upcounty Community Resources & Botanero
- UCR WORKS Program Session 1

Job skills training for young people with disabilities
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

December 19, 2019
A Light in the Day radio interview
- with Christine Rossi – Radio Maria
Mattie’s messages of hope & peace
December Prayer, Christmas Stars, and more…

December 2018
Annual “December Prayer” Radio Message
Mix 107.3 Radio – with Jack & Jimmy
Jack Diamond in the Morning
Washington, DC

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December 8, 2018
CHI/United Airlines Fantasy Flight
Collaboration activity
Mattie’s Foundation / CBSS / CHI
Dulles International Airport

December 1, 2018
Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Rockville, MD

November 16, 2018
Mass, Guild Meeting, & Interview
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild members
Interview with Rachel Chung for
“Saints in the Making”
Derwood, MD

November 4, 2018
Up-county Community Resources
Wine Taste & Toast – Friend/Fund-raiser
Collaboration activity
Olney Winery
Olney, MD

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November 2, 2018
CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Johns Hopkins University / CTE
Columbia, MD

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November 1, 2018
Mass & Meeting – members of Mattie’s Guild
St. Rose of Lima
Gaithersburg, MD

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October 28, 2018
Annual White Mass – Celebrating All Abilities
Petition Reading
St. Matthew’s Cathedral
Washington, DC

October 19, 2018
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Main Street Project
(& Mattie’s Peace Room)

Collaboration activity
Rockville, MD

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October 14, 2018
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

October 11-13, 2018
Emerging Literacy: Ideas for Complex Learners
Special Topics Workshop
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Columbia, MD

September 30, 2018
ZamDance – 5 Year Anniversary Party
Collaboration activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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September 24, 2018
Annual Mattie Stepanek Memorial Peace Lecture
with Dr. Amr Abdalla
Ingleside at King Farm
Rockville, MD

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September 21, 2018
Feast of St. Matthew Mass
& Meeting with Mattie’s Guild members
St. Francis of Assisi
Derwood, MD

September 18, 2018
My Rockville, TV11
Filming for feature story…
Peace Day & #MyRockville
Rockville, MD

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September 18, 2018
Mattie’s Peace Day Proclamation
Montgomery County Council Meeting
Rockville, MD

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September  6-9, 2018
IAFF/MDA Event
Annual Softball Tournament
Watkins Park, MD
with Mattie’s Firefighter Family & Friends
including “Mattie’s Boys” international team:)

 

August 18, 2018
Bob Balkam Community Memorial Gathering
Founding Director – Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Ingleside at King Farm
Rockville, MD

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August 16, 2018
Celebrate Abilities — ZamDance Class
Collaboration activity
Potomac, MD

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Event/music/activities begin 1 pm
Program/cake at 2 pm
Outdoor activities end 4 pm
Indoor/Guest Bartender end 7 pm
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Peace Day Celebration
Rockville, MD
Details — CLICK HERE…
King Farm Village Green,
Botanero Restaurant, Fontina Grille & more… 
— Celebrating Mattie’s Birthday
——- and Peace Day in Rockville, MD
Mattie’s Foundation hosts local leaders
  – as they serve up “peace chat” and “signature drinks”
 —- as volunteers “guest bartenders”…
Join us for an afternoon into evening
—- celebration of peace — with indoor/outdoor activities…
Enjoy cake and conversation, music and dancing,
—- moon bounce and face painting, crafts and activities…
—- with local leaders, neighbors, and  families!
King Farm Village Green area
800 Pleasant Drive
Rockville, MD

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July, 2018
ABC / CNN - National website
Mattie’s Peace Day
New York, NY

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July, 2018
EWTN – TV Interview – 2-part series
The World Over – w/ Raymond Arroy
Mattie’s Peace Day / Mattie’s Life & Legacy
Washington, DC

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July, 2018
Mix107.3 – Radio Interview
Jack Diamond Morning Show
Mattie’s Peace Day
Washington, DC

 

July, 2018
Rockville TV11 – TV Interview
Mattie’s Peace Day
Rockville, MD

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July, 2018
NBC4 – TV Interview
Mattie’s Peace Day
Washington, DC

 

July, 2018
Mattie’s Peace Day – City Proclamation
Rockville City Council Meeting
Rockville, MD

 

July, 2018
Mattie’s Peace Day — Planning Session
Peace Day Planning Committee Meeting
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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June, 2018
Mattie’s Peace Day — Planning Session
Peace Day Planning Committee Meeting
Fontina Grille Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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June, 2018
Johnstown, PA meetings
Collaboration exploration activity
Rockville, MD / Johnstown, PA

June, 2018
Mattie’s Cause — Filming
Collaboration activity
Filming / interview – for Mattie’s Guild
Rockville, MD

June, 2018
Mattie’s Cause — Meeting
Collaboration activity
Meeting with Guild members
Rockville, MD

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June, 2018
Mama Peace Chat:
Peace is Possible… Choose Peace!

Morningside Elementary School
San Fernando, CA

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May 31, 2018
Ellicott City Fundraiser
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

May, 2018
Mattie’s Peace Day — Planning Session
Peace Day Planning Committee Meeting
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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May, 2018
Family Learning Weekend
Powerful Parents: Pulling It All Together
Hosted by CBSS & PPMD
www.CBSS.UMD.edu
Columbia, MD

May 8, 2018
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

May, 2018
CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Johns Hopkins University / CTE
Columbia, MD

May, 2018
Special Topics Workshop
Feeding / Children with Disabilities / Deafblindness
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Columbia, MD

May 1-3, 2018
Leadership Planning Sessions
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Rockville, MD

April 27, 2018
WAFF Gala

We Are Family Foundation Gala –
Presentation of
= the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award
– honoree to be announced soon…
New York City, NY

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April 22, 2018
Up-county Community Resources
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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April 14, 2018
Potomac Community Resources Gala
Collaboration activity
Rockville, MD

March 1-9, 2018:
Just Peace Summit 

Three Dot Dash
Global Teen Leader Initiative
We Are Family Foundation
New York City, NY

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March 8, 2018
16th Annual Heartsongs Luncheon
Fundraiser to benefit
 Children’s National Health System
Organized by
Lisa Friedlander & Rachel Sullivan
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, MD

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February, 2018
Medically-Fragile Conditions:
Working with Children and Families
Guest Lecturer — Early Childhood Class – Special Education
University of Maryland, College Park

February, 2018
Mainstreet Project – Mattie’s Peace Room
Planning Session with Founders/Developers
Rockville, MD

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February 2018 
About Things that Matter:
Family-Professional Partnerships 
Families Class – Special Education
Guest Lecture — University of Maryland
Shady Grove Campus — Rockville, MD

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January 21, 2018
ZamDance / ZamMovement
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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December, 2017
December Prayer

Radio Chat with Mix 107.3
Jack Diamond Morning Show

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December 9, 2017
28th Annual Fantasy Flight

Children’s Hospice International
in collaboration with United Airlines
Dulles International Airport
Dulles, VA

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November 2017
Mattie’s Foundation BOD
Board of Directors Annual Meeting
Rockville, MD

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November 2017
A New Hope for Peace:
It’s Not a Fairytale
The Community School
Baltimore, MD

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Fall 2017
Mainstreet Project – Mattie’s Peace Room
Planning Session with Founders/Developers
Rockville, MD

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Fall, 2017
CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Johns Hopkins University / CTE
Columbia, MD

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Fall 2017 
About Things that Matter:
Developing Supportive Family-Professional Partnerships 
Families Class – Special Education
Guest Lecture — University of Maryland
Shady Grove Campus — Rockville, MD

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October 2017
Children’s Hospice International
Board of Advisors & Directors Meeting
St. Michael’s Island, MD

September, 2017
Last Chance Animal Rescue 
Local non-profit support activity
Botanero Restaurant
Rockville, MD

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September 2017 – POSTPONED…
We Are Family Foundation
WAFF Ladies Road Trip :)
Visiting April & Oliver & Baby Taj (aka NED)
Animal Adventure Park
Harpursville, NY

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September 7-10, 2017
IAFF/MDA Event
Annual Softball Tournament
Watkins Park, MD
with Mattie’s Firefighter Family & Friends
including “Mattie’s Boys” international team:)

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Summer & Fall 2017
Meetings with local, state, & federal leaders
“National Peace Day” Campaign
—- national — federal level campaign
“Mattie’s Peace Day” Campaign
—- local — city, county, state level campaign
Maryland & Washington, DC
INCLUDING…
– Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
– Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
– State Sen. Cheryl Kagan
– County Rep. Marc Korman
– County Rep. Sidney Katz
– County Rep. Mark Elrich
– City Mayor Bridget Newton
—- and the Rockville City Council
– Community President Gail Sherman
  — and the King Farm Citizen’s Assembly
– Judge Michael Algeo
– Gov. Larry Hogan
– others TBD

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August, 2017
Washingtonian Magazine
News Feature Article
Click here…  (or copy link below)

https://www.washingtonian.com/2017/07/30/jeni-stepaneks-last-heartsong/

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City of Rockville — TV 11
One-on-One
with Jeni Stepanek

—–Peace Is Possible”
Click here
– (or copy link below) –> 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ne4R6MVuvg&feature=youtu.be

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News Coverage
Peace Day 2017
Rockville, MD
NBC4 with Darcy Sparrow
DC Fox5 with Tony Perkins
TV 11 Rockville  

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MyMCMedia Promo… click here…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Peace Party
Botanero Restaurant AND
King Farm Village Green (outside of restaurant)
Rockville, MD
Celebrating Mattie’s Birthday
———— and Peace Day
Mattie’s Foundation will serve as “guest host & bartener”
for a late afternoon into evening celebration of peace,
during this indoor/outdoor event.
Join us for cake and conversation and peace activities,
with local leaders, politicians, neighbors, and  families….

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS… 

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July 10, 2017
Mattie’s Peace Day Proclamation

City of Rockville’s Peace Day Proclamation
to honor Mattie’s 25th birthday
Mayor & City Council – Rockville, MD
–> Click here for video of Proclamation during City Council meeting…  

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June & July 2017
Peace Day Party Planning Sessions
Rockviile, MD
– Mattie’s Foundation Board of Directors
– Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton
– Rockville Special Events Planner Colleen McQuitty
– KFCA President Gail Sherman
– Botanero Owner Ken Skidmore
– Fontina Grille Owner Had Malaeb
– Coffee Republic Manager

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June, 2017
Youth Peace Chat (via Skype)
“Coast to Coast Peace Party” 

Mama Peace chats with Ms Romero’s 4th grade class
from Maryland to California to celebrate
Morningside Elementary’s third year
with a Peace Certified Classroom!

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May 6, 2017:
GPC Men’s Breakfast
Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church
Invited Guest Speaker
Gaithersburg, MD

Spring, 2017
CBSS Advisory Committee Meeting
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Johns Hopkins University / CTE
Columbia, MD

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April 28, 2017
WAFF Gala

We Are Family Foundation Gala
Presentation of
= the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award
– to honor Nelson Mandela
accepted by Ndaba Mandela & Kweku Mandela
New York City, NY

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April 19, 2017
Celebrating the Life of
Robert “Bubba Bert” 
Mentrasti
On behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters
and the Muscular Dystrophy Association,
and in celebration of decades of friendship
between Mattie, Jeni, and “Mattie’s Boys”
(Greenburgh, Yonkers, & Mississauga FDs combined) –
Jeni Stepanek, PhD — eulogy –
“Just Show Up — With Purpose” 
Greenburgh, NY

March 27, 2017:
Keese Lecture Series
William A. Keese School of Continuing Education
Guest Lecturer
Gaithersburg, MD


Exploring Happiness:
Thoughts on Surviving, and Thriving, Despite Life Challenges
Jeni Stepanek, PhD-
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Jeni Stepanek, an award-winning speaker and NY Times Bestselling author, is a noted advocate for personal and world peace, and for children’s and families’ needs and rights in health and education. The author of “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs,” Jeni’s inspirational message about hope, peace, disability, hospice, grief, support, parenting, collaboration, motivation, and spirituality has been carried by all media outlets.

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Like her son, the late bestselling poet and peace advocate, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, Jeni has a rare neuromuscular disease, and relies on a ventilator and wheelchair for breathing and mobility. A noted guest on Good Morning America, Oprah, Larry King and The MDA Labor Day Telethon, Mattie created poetry and essays from age 3 until he passed away in 2004 at age 13, and published seven books that all became NY Times Bestsellers. Mattie is the youngest of Jeni’s four children. All four — Katie, Stevie, Jamie, and Mattie — died during childhood due to complications of the genetic neuromuscular disease Jeni unknowingly passed on to the children before she was diagnosed.
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In addition to losing all of her children and dealing with her own progressive disability, since 2015 Jeni has also been dealing with severe medical complications related to treatment for aggressive cancer. Yet, she continues to “celebrate life – with gratitude, every day, in some way,” and she vows that when she grows up, she wants “to be 83 and a beach chair philosopher.”
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During her 2013 Keese Lecture presentation, Jeni shared the story of her son, Mattie, and his inspirational message of hope and peace. During her March 2017 presentation, Jeni will share her own story and experiences, and her thoughts on “three types of happiness” that can help each of us not only survive life’s many challenges, but also thrive despite the burdens that are folded in with the blessings.
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Jeni is a Faculty Associate in Special Education at the University of Maryland, and she serves as the Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. For more information, please visit www.MattieOnline.com.

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March 10-17, 2017:
Just Peace Summit 

Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader Initiative
We Are Family Foundation
New York City, NY

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March 9, 2017
15th Annual Heartsongs Luncheon
Fundraiser to benefit
— Children’s National Health System

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15th Anniversary Heartsongs Award 

Jeni Stepanek, PhD
 
Organized by
Lisa Friedlander & Rachel Sullivan
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, MD

–> INFO & REGISTER HERE:———– http://www.HeartsongsFund.org  

Questions — e-mail:
——- L.Friedlander@verizon.net 

 

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February through May 2017
Interview Sessions
Washingtonian Magazine
Article publication date – August 2017

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February 2017
About Things that Matter:
Developing Supportive Family-Professional Partnerships 
Families Class – Special Education
Guest Lecture — University of Maryland
College Park, MD

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Early 2017
Pathways to Peace:
Train the Trainer Feedback Forum

Details TBD
–> More information here…   

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December 17, 2016
Haitian Christmas Gala/Fundraiser
to benefit orphanages, schools, charities in Haiti
St. Camillus Church
Silver Spring, MD

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December 16, 2016
December Prayer

Radio Chat with Mix 107.3
Jack Diamond Morning Show

December 3, 2016
27th Annual Fantasy Flight

Children’s Hospice International
in collaboration with United Airlines
Dulles International Airport
Dulles, VA

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November 20, 2016
Annual White Mass
Lector, 2nd Reading
Celebrating Disability in the Catholic Church
St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC

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November 19, 2016
Mattie’s Foundation BOD
Board of Directors Annual Meeting
Rockville, MD

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November 19, 2016

12th Annual International Film Festival 
My Hero —  Awards Ceremony
 – Jeni Stepanek receiving the 2016 Humanitarian Award
(via proxy / remarks via video) Santa Monica, CA
——- Story and VIDEOs here…  

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October 2, 2016

1st Annual Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peace Lecture
Ingleside at King Farm, Rockville, MD
Peace Certified Community
Guest Speaker: Barbara Wien
Story & photos HERE… 

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September 25, 2016
Cancer Survivorship Celebration

Holy Cross Hospital
Silver Spring, MD
Motivational speaker for 10th annual celebration
with patients, families, and providers.
–>Click here to view flyer…  

September 8-11, 2016
IAFF/MDA Event
Annual Softball Tournament
Watkins Park, MD
with Mattie’s Firefighter Family & Friends
including “Mattie’s Boys” international team:)

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August 19-20, 2016 
Pathways to Peace:
Train the Trainer Workshop

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD

–> More information here…  

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August, 2016
Super Soul Sunday (OWN)
Interview with Jeni Stepanek
Airdate: August-September
–> Watch the segment here…  

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July 4, 2016 (5-8 pm)
Peace Gathering in Mattie’s Park
Celebrating Mattie’s Birthday
(Peace Day)

with Rockville, MD Fourth of July Party
to follow (also in Mattie’s Park (7-9:30 pm)
Join us — for conversation and cake,
- in person or with your own celebration!
 Mattie’s Foundation will celebrate Mattie’s birthday
as a day of peace with a Peace Gathering in Mattie’s Park.

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June 20, 2016
Mattie’s Peace Day Proclamation

City of Rockville’s Peace Day Proclamation
to honor Mattie’s 25th birthday
Mayor & City Council – Rockville, MD

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June, 2016
“Celebrate 83″

Hope on a Bucket List 
NBC4 Evening & Morning News
Rockville, MD

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June, 2016
“Celebrate 83″

Hope on a Bucket List 
Annapolis news media interviews
Annapolis, MD

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June 11, 2016
“Celebrate 83″

Bucket List Party
with Nile Rodgers, Nancy Hunt, Mark & Rose Barondess,
 – Oprah Winfrey, Monique Coleman, Global Teen Leaders,
and 300 or so other nifty folks!
Annapolis, MD

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June 7, 2016
Youth Peace Chat (via Skype)

Mama Peace chats with Ms Romero’s Pre-K class
from Maryland to California to celebrate
Morningside Elementary’s second year
with a Peace Certified Classroom!

April 29, 2016
WAFF Gala

We Are Family Foundation Gala –
Presentation of
= the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award
to Former President Jimmy Carter
New York City, NY

March 5-11, 2016
Just Peace Summit 

Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader/WAFF
(via robot)
New York City, NY

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December, 2015
December Prayer

Radio Chat with Mix 107.3
Jack Diamond Morning Show

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November 14, 2015
Mattie’s Foundation BOD
Board of Directors Annual Meeting
Rockville, MD

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September 10-13, 2015
IAFF/MDA Event
Annual Softball Tournament
Watkins Park, MD
with Mattie’s Firefighter Family & Friends
including “Mattie’s Boys” international team:)

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July 4, 2015 (5-7pm)
Peace Gathering in Mattie’s Park
Celebrating Mattie’s 25th Birthday (Peace Day)
with Rockville, MD Fourth of July Party
to follow (also in Mattie’s Park) (7-9:30 pm)
Join us — for conversation and cake,
- in person or with your own celebration!

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June 14, 2015
Dedication Ceremony
Peace Pole & Peace Garden Dedication

St. Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Derwood, MD
Presider – Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
Mass, Dedication, & Program

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June 4, 2015
Youth Peace Chat (via Skype)

Mama Peace chats with Ms Romero’s 4th grade
from Maryland to California to celebrate
Morningside Elementary’s second year
with a Peace Certified Classroom!

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May 13, 2015
Reception & Book Signing
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Reflections of a Peacemaker
– Come and meet Mattie’s Mother.
Hosted by SMCR
– at Little Flower School
20410 Point Lookout Rd
Great Mills, MD 20634

May 13, 2015
Youth Peace Chat
Early afternoon

- middle school students
Little Flower & other local schools
St. Mary’s County, MD

April 23, 2015
WAFF Gala

We Are Family Foundation Gala — Presentation of
= the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award
New York City, NY

April 16, 2015
MDA / NALC Event

Muscular Dystrophy Association &
- the National Association of Letter Carriers recption
Washington, DC

 

April 11, 2015
Strategic Planning Meeting

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Board of Direcctors
Rockville, MD

April, 2015
MyMCMedia interview
Peace Thoughts
Mattie’s Park, Rockville, MD

March 22-29, 2015
Just Peace Summit 

Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader/WAFF
New York City, NY

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March 14, 2015
Conference on Faith, Deafness, & Disabilities

After Lunch: Meeting of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Guild
(Cause for Canonization Committee)
2:30 pm — Panel Presentation/Workshop
All are welcome to register and attend.
DeMatha High School (Hyattsville, MD)
Registration Information –> –> –> CLICK HERE…. 
Foundation news/event information page HERE…  

Why Mattie Still Matters: The Life and Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek
Jennifer Smith Stepanek, Ph.D., Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation
Raymond Arroyo, Managing Editor, EWTN News
March 14 at 2:30 pm — Hyattsville, MD
Learn more about the late poet and author Mattie Stepanek, who died at the age of 13 in 2004.   Many know about Mattie’s health challenges, but few know he was a teen catechist & lector here in our Archdiocese.  Mattie’s life and message was based on his profound connection to his faith, his belief of God’s love and mercy, coupled with a commitment to choosing hope and peace.  Dr. Stepanek is the author of Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs.  Raymond Arroyo, host of ETWN’s The World Over news program, will share more of Mattie’s story as a teen catechist who spoke to millions through his Heartsongs poetry books, his book on peacemaking, Just Peace, and through his many television, radio appearances.  Arroyo will introduce the newly formed Guild to promote his cause for sainthood now underway (mattiescause.com).   More information on Mattie’s life and work is at www.mattieonline.com
Mass with Cardinal Wuerl beings at 4 pm.  

 

February 27, 2014
Young Families Group
(presentation)
Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church
Gaithersburg, MD

December 6, 2014
25th Annual Fantasy Flight

Children’s Hospice International & United Airlines
Dulles, VA

November 24, 2014
Peace Quilt Presentation

Ingleside at King Farm: Peace Certified Community
Rockville, MD

October 26, 2014
Annual White Mass

Celebrating Disability in the Catholic Church
St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC

September, 2014
Mattie’s Peace Day 

Pangborn Elementary School Celebration
Hagerstown, Maryland

September 20, 2014
Mattie’s Foundation BOD
Board of Directors Meeting
Rockville, MD

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September 4-7, 2014
IAFF/MDA Event
Annual Softball Tournament
Watkins Park, MD
Mattie’s Firefighter Family & Friends

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July 19, 2014
Peace Gathering
Celebrating Mattie’s 10 year anniversary & 24th birthday
Peace Gathering in the Peace Garden
From 10:30 am – 12 noon
Come for cake and conversation, and enjoy the park!
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park — Rockville, MD
—– > CLICK HERE for information…  

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July 14, 2014
City Council Meeting
City of Rockville, Maryland Declares
July 17 “Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peace Day

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June 22, 2014
10 year Anniversary Mass
Mass at the Franciscan Monastery — 3 pm
Celebrating Mattie’s 10 year anniversary
1400 Quincy Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017
Mass begins at 3 pm — Reception to follow at nearby location
—- > CLICK HERE for information   

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June 19, 2014
EWTN Interview
The World Over with Raymond Arroyo
Mattie’s Life & 10-Year Legacy interview
Jeni Stepanek and Dolores Wilson

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June, 2014
Peace Chat with Mama Peace
Pangborn Elementary School
Skype session with newest Peace Ambassadors
Hagerstown, MD – (Our First “Peace Certified School“)

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June, 2014
Peace & Book Chat
“Messenger” book club Peace & Book Chat
Skype session with book club members
New Jersey

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Jeni Stepanek talks with Oprah Winfrey during her final studio audience show, May 2011. (Photo courtesy Harpo, Inc.)

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Jeni with the “Pink Shirt Ladies” during a school presentation.

 

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To inquire about Jeni’s professional presentations

please e-mail HeartsongBooks@gmail.com

 

 

To inquire about our Peace Chats and
our Peace Certified Schools Program,
please visit those pages or

e-mail MattieOnline.com@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Return to Mattie’s Foundation main page 

 

 

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October Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek