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Dawson’s Market Hosts Mosaics & Music Event

Jun 02, 2019 08:18PM
All are invited to the unveiling of a five-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 event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 2. The event will be hosted by Dawson’s Market, in Rockville Town Square.

The celebration honors Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a Rockville teen who earned notoriety as a well-respected poet and award-winning peace activist while living with Dysautonic Mitochondrial Myopathy which took his life just before his 14th birthday. The teen found friends in politicians and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, who praised his powerful messages of peace.

The celebration will include a commissioned cello piece by Wytold, performances by Chic’s Sylver Logan Sharp and rap artist Omekongo Dibinga, spoken word and Heartsongs (Mattie Stepanek’s published book of poems). Wine and appetizers will be provided by Dawson’s Market

“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,” notes 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.”

The five-foot mosaic was created during last year’s Peace Day 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.

Tickets are $25/$30 at the door and cover entry, two beverages, appetizers and entertainment. Location: 225 N. Washington St., Rockville. For tickets and information, visit

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