Our Advocates

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

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

(listed by length of involvement)


Since 2005
King Farm Citizens Assembly
Rockville, MD


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.


Contact Information 
Phone: 301-987-0122
Address: 300 Saddle Ridge Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Website: www.kingfarm.org


Since 2005
Mayor, City Council, & Government
Rockville, MD

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.


Contact Information 
Address: City of Rockville, 111 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Website: www.RockvileMD.gov




Since 2005
Parcel Plus, King Farm Village Center,
Rockville, MD


Parcel Plus, King Farm Village Center is the shipping and mailing center where the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation post office box is located courtesy of the business owners. Having the support of this family-run neighborhood business keeps the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation communications efficient and local.


Parcel Plus provides complete shipping and mailing service in the Rockville, MD area. They can pack and ship just about anything! Services include UPS, FedEx, DHL and USPS. International shipping specialists. Freight services also available. They provide many other services as well – key making, passport photos, greeting cards, poster & banner printing, wide format printing, mailbox rentals, gift wrap, & more! Plus, there are friendly people there to help you! Parcel Plus, King Farm is your pack and ship solution!


Contact Information 
Phone: 301-590-0300 
Address: 402 King Farm Blvd., #125, Rockville, MD 20850
Website: www.parcelplusrockville.com



Since 2009
ezStorage of Gaithersburg, Maryland


ezStorage of Gaithersburg is where thousands of Mattie’s books, archival material, documents, and Foundation property are all safely housed courtesy of the ezStorage facility owners.


ezStorage of Gaithersburg features a number of great services, including: Resident Managers; Climate-controlled Units Available; Drive-up Loading and Unloading; Open 7 Days / Access 365 Days; Camera Surveillance; Computer-controlled Gate Access; All Units Alarmed; Free Use of Loading Carts; Large, Spacious Elevators; Packing and Moving Supplies; and Deliveries Accepted.


Contact Information 
Phone: 240-683-8060
Address:  807 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Website:  http://www.ezstorage.com/self-storage/maryland/gaithersburg-maryland.aspx



Since 2011
Montgomery Printing Solutions,
King Farm Village Center, Rockville, MD


Our neighborhood full-service printing and copy center where many Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation brochures and materials are printed as an in-kind or reduced fee service for the Foundation. 


Montgomery Printing Solutions is a full-service printing and copying company located in the King Farm development of Rockville, Maryland. They offer high quality and affordable document solutions for businesses and individuals. MPS can deliver projects faster than competitors because they have invested in skilled personnel and state-of-the-art technology.  Services include: color printing,  digital copying, architectural copying, graphics services, promotional items, banners and signs, and multilingual service. Their goal is to make clines look good and feel good with documents and presentations that leave lasting impressions on clients and associates.


Contact Information 
Phone: 301-990-1239
Fax: 301-990-6708
Address: 402 King Farm Blvd., #140, Rockville, MD 20850
Website: www.mpsus.com



Since 2011
Safeway, Inc./Eastern Division
King Farm, Rockville, MD Store


Safeway, Inc., one of the largest supermarket chains in North America, seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Across the decades, they have shared slogans like “Since we’re neighbors, let’s be friends!” and “Everything you want from a store and a little bit more!” and most recently, “Ingredients for life!” Since the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation was created in 2005, Safeway has supported us with both financial and material donations to the so that we can create and offer peace to our neighbors and friends in so many communities. The King Farm Safeway in Rockville, Maryland will be supplying water, snacks, and other materials for hundreds of volunteers and participants during the 2011 Peace CelebrationDuring 2014, the provided a full-size sheet cake and bottled water for the Peace Gathering in Mattie’s Park to celebrate Mattie’s 10 year legacy anniversary and his 24th birthday. 


According to Greg Ten Eyck, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, “Safeway is pleased to continue our support of the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Foundation through our sponsorship of the 2011 Peace Celebration event. Mattie represented the very best qualities of the human spirit, and we want to help celebrate and sustain his legacy whenever we can.”  Safeway is far more that a food store. They support individuals, communities, and other organizations in hunger relief, education, and health and human services. They have also been long supporters of disability-related organization, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association – for which Mattie served as a 3-termNational Good Will Ambassador, and Jeni continues to serve as a National Vice President.


Contact Information:
Address: 4551 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706
Website: www.safeway.com or www.safewayfoundation.org




Since 2013
Potomac Valley Brick & Supply Co.
Rockville, MD


Potomac Valley Brick supports Mattie’s Foundation by providing installation of personalized gift bricks in Mattie’s Park & Peace Garden once or twice a year. 


Potomac Valley Brick is a Montgomery County based masonry and building materials supplier to the Washington Metro, Baltimore, and Eastern Shore areas. Created in 1976 under the stewardship of Jack Richardson, PVB quickly became a leading supplier of masonry materials. Today, Alan Richardson serves as president of this family-operated business, working alongside other family members and colleagues, including his wife, Kathleen, the company’s Director of Human Resources. The Richardsons believe that there is “more to value than just the lowest price. Timely delivery of material keeps projects under budget and on schedule.” They also assist architects and builders in the proper design and use of masonry products. 


During Spring, 2013, the Richardson family decided to support the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation by providing installation materials and labor for the Foundation’s bi-annual gift brick installation. The personalized gift bricks allow people around the world to place a personalized message in the Peace Garden, while also supporting a mission of hope and peace for our world. “My children and I have enjoyed reading Mattie’s books and poems since they were small children,” Kathleen said. “We wholeheartedly believe in a peaceful existence. We are in awe of Mattie’s message and strive to live by his example. Potomac Valley Brick is honored to participate in such a meaningful legacy.”


Contact Information 
Phone: 301-301-9600
Address: 15810 Indianola Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20855
Website: www.PVBrick.com






Appreciating our
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




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