Mattie's 23rd BDAY

Our 2017 celebration of Peace Day
and Mattie's birthday will have a
special look they year!!! 

Join us on
Sunday, July 16 
at Botanero. Restaurant
in King Farm, Rockville, Maryland
where Mattie's Foundation will be
"guest host and bartender"
and the restaurant will be donating 
a portion of all sales from the event
to support Mattie's Foundation.

We are currently planning the details... 
the hours... the "signature drinks"... the cake... 
and other event details.

But please --- save the date,
and join us for cake and conversation
(and "sunrise sangria" or  "sunset cerveza"
or a kid's "peace punch" drink)
as we celebrate Peace Day,

Hello friends!

Thank you, all, for so many 
prayers and messages of support.
Although "ongoing medical challenges"
will inevitably be a part of my daily existence,
I can say that I am not only "surviving" 
-- I am also "thriving" -- despite challenges.

The latest "medical update" is that I am the proud
 new owner of a dual chamber cardiac pacemaker, 
that seems to be doing its rhythmic job quite nicely. 
To learn more details about my medical journey, 
please visit Mattie's Facebook page
and scroll down through the entries across time.

The latest "mission update" is that I am a proud
"Mama Peace" to 30 new Global Teen Leaders
from six continents who gathered for a week
 for the  2017 Just Peace Summit in NYC.  

Other Foundation-related activities include:
  • Honoring Nelson Mandela with the 2017 WAFF Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, 
  • Offering the eulogy and celebrating the life of Greenburgh, NY firefighter -- Robert "Bubba Bert" Mentrasti --  dear friend to Mattie and me for decades,
  • Working with schools, youth groups, retirement groups, spiritual groups, businesses, our Pathways to Peace program participants and others on their personal and community peace journeys, 
  • Working with a journalist from Washingtonian Magazine on a summer feature article that will highlight Mattie's Foundation and our Peace Day endeavor, and
  • Working with the City of Rockville, the King Farm community, and local restaurant manager to plan an amazing celebration of Mattie's life and legacy this summer -- as we "Make Peace the News!" 
Learn more about all activities 
by visiting Mattie's website: