Mattie’s Park: Bench & Chess Champions

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by jeni No Comments


Thank you to all who sponsored

the benches and chess tables in the

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park & Peace Garden

Rockville, Maryland



You have a creative place in history,

and you are supporting our mission –

together, we are creating peace for our future.


(photos coming soon)


Mattie’s quote on bench:


“Remember to play after every storm!”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Sponsor listing on bench:


“The Step’obbi’comb’ake’r Family”
Celebrating the gift of kinship!
Stepanek Dobbins Newcomb Baker Proctor



“Everything in life has choice, even if
the only choice we have is the attitude
with which we embrace each moment.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


The Muscular Dystrophy Association
Honoring Mattie J.T. Stepanek —
National Goodwill Ambassador 2002-2004
“We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts…
to nurture, to offer, to accept.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Dedicated to all those
who choose to embrace
Mattie’s message of hope and peace!
“If we seek peace, and make peace,
and bring peace… then we will know peace,
and live peace, and be peace,
for people in all times and spaces.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Children of Carlstadt, New Jersey
Messengers of Hope and Peace
“Think gently, speak gently, live gently…
and the world will be touched gently
with the essence of your existence.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek

Mattie’s “AML” — Mary Lou Smith
Harry, Jo Ann, Jo Beth Stoddard
“If we simply, but profoundly, choose to make peace an attitude and a habit and a reality, peace is possible.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Dedicated to Bob Balkam
Donated by the Balkam Children
“When blessings and burdens in life seem
unbalanced, do not ask, ‘Why me?’…
Rather, ask ‘Why not me?’”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek



“He” is our Macho Man!
Sal, Diane, Laura, & Annie Tresca
“One of the greatest gifts of all
is to be a gift to other people.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Michael Peter Mangone
Teacher, Messenger, Peacemaker
Carlstadt, NJ
“Remember to listen to the
music inside your heart, for it is
music sent from the spirit.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Just Peace!
Lester & Kathryn Hunt-(c/o Nancy Hunt)
“Life is a treasure.
People should enjoy it,
even if digging through it,
or to it, is challenging.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Thanks, Mattie!
Haley, Max, Leah, Jolie, Elana
& The Cohen Family
“Cherish the important things in life,
like a baby falling asleep
holding your finger.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Martin, Tricia, & Caitlin Green
“Listen to the children.
They have just as many thoughts and opinions
as the grown-ups, and they speak
 from the heart and spirit far more often.”
 — Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Look up, look out, look around…
Celebrate life!
Caine Cummings
“Every journey begins with but a small step,
and every day is a chance for
a new step in the right direction.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


The Bejean Family
“We each have a unique song in our heart
that is meant to be united in harmony
with the unique song that grows
in each and every other heart.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Vito D’Anna & Family
“A just peace can begin in each moment.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Chris LeBelle
“Through Heartsongs, be part of the
harmony and peace kaleidoscope
that reflects our changing world.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Dr. Rod Howell
Muscular Dystrophy Association
“Peace is just, and peace is worthy,
and a plan for peace is more
practical and achievable than
we, the people, may realize.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


“Peace is possible!”Joel and Alec Marty
“Privileges and responsibilities
must always be in balance,
each with the other.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek



J.R. Read
 “Peace begins when we look collectively
toward the future, but without erasing
history or being blindly ignorant to that
which has already unfolded.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Mr. & Mrs. James L. Harrison
Margaret Harrison
“Just show up — with purpose…
the first step in moving forthward,
and celebrating life, for good.”
— Matti
e J.T. Stepanek 


Celebrating the life of
Robert “Bubba Bert” Mentrasti
Mattie’s Boys & Mama love you.
Greenburgh, Yonkers, Mississauga FDs
“The past is for growing on,not living for in.” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek


Susan Fulton
FBB Capital, Bethesda, MD   

“The river of kindness that fosters
friendship, and world peace,
flows with mercy, not vengeance.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Jill Matthews and sons
Matthew and Andrew Ghanem
“If you have enough breath
to complain about anything,
you have more than enough reason
to give thanks for something.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Peace and Love!
John and Janet Jelen
 “The present is the aspect of time
which can be touched, affected.
Touch the present wisely,
affect the future gently.”
— Mattie J.T. Stepanek




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