Dawson’s Market Hosts Mosaics & Music Event
June 2 event raises funds for Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation Peace Day Celebration
Rockville, Maryland (May 7, 2019)
– On June 2 (3-5 pm) Dawson’s Market at Rockville Town Square is hosting the unveiling of an 5-foot long mosaic of peace and an afternoon of award- wining entertainment to raise funds for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation’s Peace Day.
The celebration honors Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a Rockville teen who earned notariety as a well- respected poet and award-winning peace activist while living with Dysautonic Mitochondrial Myopathy which took his life just before his 14 th birthday. The teen found friends in politicians and celebraties like Oprah Winfrey who praised his powerful messages of peace.
“We are honored to host this event where the community can celebrate Mattie’s gift of bringing people together for peace through his poems and art,” said Bart Yablonsky, owner of Dawson’s Market. “As a company, our mission it to support the local community with event and causes that reflect our mission to lead a positive change. The Stepanek foundation’s goal to Make Peace the News is something we can all get behind.”
Dawson’s customers can donate to the foundation in the store throughout June.
The event includes the unveiling of the 5-foot mosaic created during last year’s Peace Day (an Artivate activity), and also celebrates a new community mosaic being created through VisArts. The mosaics will be transported nationwide as part of the Mattie Stepanek Foundation message of peace and then be permanently installed in the MainStreet community being built in Rockville.
Also part of the June 2 event:
- Commission cello piece by Wytold
- Performance by Chic’s Sylver Logan Sharp
- Performance by rap artist Omekongo Dibinga
- Spoken word & Heartsongs (Mattie Stepanek’s published book of poems)
- Conversations with elected and community leaders
- Wine and appetizers provided by Dawson’s Market
“We are grateful to the community and to Dawson’s for supporting Mattie’s message of peace and we look forward to furthering our goal to create a National Peace Day in our country,” said Jeni Stepanek, PhD and Mattie’s mom. Jeni Stepanek is an award-winning author and advocate for families’ needs in health and education. She too has the rare neuromuscular disease.
Tickets are $25 before the event
and $30 at the door. The proceeds go to help fund the free street fair Peace Day Celebration on July 13 in honor of Mattie Stepanek’s birthday.
About Dawson’s Market
Dawson’s Market is a local natural foods grocery store run by a closely-knit community of food lover, localists, and environmentalists. Our market is located in the hear of Rockville, Maryland- Rockville Town Square.