Emcee, Holly Morris, Fox5 DC
Holly is an Emmy award winning reporter and news anchor from FOX5. Holly is a co-host to Fox5's GoodDay @ 10am as well as the "Pay it Forward Campaign" by FOX5. Holly has been honored with nine regional Emmys – five of which were for "Best Live Reporting". She also has a regional Edward R. Murrow award to her name. Holly is one of the most positive and personable people you will meet. Her positive energy is a true representation of what R4R is about.
vip guest, Soeren Palumbo
Soeren Palumbo, Co-Founder of Spread the Word to End the Word and has worked extensively with organizations like Special Olympics, Best Buddies and PALS Programs. One of his three sisters, Olivia, has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Soeren holds a JD and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Self-Advocate, david egan
Madison Essig was a student at Wilson High School in Washington, DC in 2014 and became the first person with Down syndrome to graduate from the school, with a full diploma and a 3.7 GPA. In 2016 Madison began attending George Mason University in the MasonLife Program to pursue a career advocating for people with disabilities.
National Anthem Performer, Davison Duo
Davison Duo is a POP/Rock duo based in the Washington, DC area and is comprised of siblings; Madison and Davis Gestiehr, both students at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. They began performing together on stage at their Elementary school talent show when Davis was 5 and Madison was 8. Davis has been performing the Star Spangled Banner since the age of 10 and has performed numerous times for many Washington area sports teams including the Washington Wizards, The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles. Davison continues to perfect their musical skills, write music and perform at Restaurants, Charity Events and Venues of all types in and around Washington, DC.
Performer, Emily Brennan
Emily is a teenage singer, songwriter from Sterling, Virginia. Emily writes and performs her songs both as a guitarist and keyboardist. She has been performing covers and originals for a diverse audience across the country since the age of 10.
Warm Up, Jackie Zamora & Zamdance
Jackie is the founder of ZAMDANCE in Gaithersburg, MD. ZAMDANCE is a dance fitness program for children and adults with special needs. The classroom introduces a structured environment while allowing the students to be able to move at their own pace. The students are entertained by the music and dance movements. This class also keep students happily engaged while learning different dance steps such as MERENGUE, JAZZ and HIP-HOP! (ages 8+).