Peace Day Celebration

The First Annual Peace Day Celebration was the brain-child of Rotarian Laura Bauer, Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to further Mattie's message of hope and peace by providing access to the message, promoting understanding of the message and motivating people to action in sharing the message.

The Rotary Club of Americus hosted a "Cake and Conversation" booth at the Peace Day Celebration in Downtown Americus, in which cupcakes were served and opportunity provided for the community to ask questions of and have open dialogue with law enforcement and government leaders. Leaders from the Sheriff's Office, Americus Police Department and the Sumter County Board of Commissioners were able to join us for the afternoon.


Partner Involvement
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation: Took lead in coordination and organization of the First Annual Peace Day Celebration held on October 3, 2021 at Lenny's Market (open air pavilion) in downtown Americus.

Peace Day Flyer

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Rotarians Prepare for Peace Day

Peace Day Cake & Conversation Booth Ready

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Where Peace Begins

"Getting to know neighbors around the block..."

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Cupcakes Feature Mattie's Heartsong Logo

Let Them Eat Cupcakes

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Sheriff Eric Bryant Converses with Community Member

Concerns Discussed with Sheriff

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APD Chief Mark Scott Answers Questions

Talking through Concerns with Police Chief

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First Annual Peace Day

Weather was perfect for families to engage in promoting peace through activities

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Americus Rotary President and Mattie Stepanek's mom

Mama Peace and Angela Smith strike pose before the event

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How we can promote peace?

Write suggestions here...

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Messages on Display

Peace is possible

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Make Peace the News

Choose Peace

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Angela, Laura & Clay Jones, Chair of the Board of Commissioners

Conversation (without the cake)

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Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation booth

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Rotarian Jelena and son Ethyn

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Sheriff Bryant Greets with elbow bump

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