Celebrating our Advocates
Thank you to our Foundation Advocates who provide materials, service, time, and support to the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. We are proud to work with businesses who believe in giving to and supporting an organization that promotes hope and peace for our world.
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Current Foundation Advocates
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The King Farm Citizen’s Assembly (KFCA) has supported the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation since the Foundation was created in 2005. In 2008, they worked directly with the Foundation and the City of Rockville to host the Dedication Ceremony for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park – an event attended by thousands of people, from Mattie’s friends and neighbors to celebrities and politicians. KFCA continues to provide both financial and logistic support to the Foundation. The organization made a sizable donation to support the 2011 Peace Celebration and the 2014 Peace Gathering, and since 2012, the Foundation has been given a monthly “Make Peace the News” column in the KF Chronicle (community newspaper). Representatives from KFCA said, “Mattie’s spirit of bravery, idealism, and philosophy lives on in our community. We remain thankful for the opportunity to have known Mattie, and the KFCA remains supportive of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.”
The KFCA is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the residential sections of King Farm – an award-winning planned community in the heart of both the City of Rockville and Montgomery County Maryland. The community offers mixed residential units, stores and restaurants, businesses and employment, parks and pools, community buildings and activities, green space and trails, and easy access to public transport (including the DC area Metro). The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park is located at the north end of the King Farm community. Mattie and Jeni chose this community as their home several years before Mattie died.
In 2017, the leaders and citizens of King Farm made a commitment to become a Peace Certified Community, and to support the local, state, and national Peace Day Campaign!!!
In 2002, Mattie Stepanek and his mom, Jeni, were looking for a city and neighborhood to move to, and happened into King Farm, located in Rockville, a city in the upper-mid area of Montgomery County, Maryland. Mattie was familiar with the county, having worked with fire fighters in the area during his advocacy work across the years. After observing local citizens, diverse in appearance and language, yet interacting with each other — in stores and in the community — Mattie decided that this was where he wanted to live. Rockville, Maryland became his hime, and the city has embraced Mattie’s message and namesake Foundation since then.
In 2004 shortly after Mattie’s passing, the City held forums for citizens to discuss their thoughts on naming the planned 26-acre park in Mattie’s King Farm neighborhood in his honor. When the citizens made this their choice, the City worked with Mattie’s Foundation on creating a space that was a recreational facility that also reflected Mattie’s message of hope and peace. The result was Mattie’s Peace Garden in the heart of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, and from there, Mattie’s message ripples through the park. The City hosted the 2005 groundbreaking and the 2008 park dedication ceremony (attending by nearly 1,000 people). The City also has supported the peace events hosted by Mattie’s Foundation in the Peace Garden with in-kind material and service support, and by honoring Mattie with declarations to commemorate his peace work. In 2014, the Mayor and Rockville City Council became the first community to declare “Mattie Stepanek Peace Day” on July 17 (Mattie’s birthday), in a public show of support for the Foundation’s endeavor toward a national, annual peace day. The Foundation is currently working with the City to further this effort locally and nationally.
In 2017, the leaders and citizens of Rockville, Maryland made a commitment to declare July 17 “Mattie’s Peace Day” in perpetua — and to support the local, state, and national Peace Day Campaign!!!
Advocates Across the Years
Since 2012 Penguin/Hatchett Group (New York) –
Messenger books for our Global Teen Leaders!
2016 – Red, Hot, & Blue – (Gaithersburg, MD)
Food for our Peace Gathering
Daily catered lunch for our P2P Workshop
2016 – Hampton Inn, Inner Harbor (Baltimore)
Free & reduced rate rooms for our P2P Workshop
2016 – Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (Baltimore)
Event space for our P2P Workshop
2016 – Starbucks, Inner Harbor (Baltimore)
Coffee & supplies – daily, for our P2P Workshop
2013 – Total Graphics Inc (Farmingdale, NY)
Reprinted 100 Peace Tips Guides
2011-2012 – 48HourPrint.com (Boston, MA)
Printed all of our early Pathways to Peace resources
2012 – Ftatorb Technologies (Maryland)
Helped set up our new website
2011 - Gaithersburg Party Rental (Gaithersburg, MD)
Tents, tables & chairs at our inaugural peace event
2011 – T.I.M.M.-E. Company, Inc (New York, NY)
Resources & activities during our inaugural peace event
2011 – Talk of the Town (Rockville, MD)
MoonBounce during our inaugural peace event