Journey to inspire, a gala for teens creating change!

Devenio hosted its first annual Journey to inspire, a gala for teens creating change this winter at The Fillmore in Silver Spring. The gala was planned BY teens and FOR teens in support of Devenio's programs and events for individuals with disabilities and to also inspire students to use their voice to have a positive impact in their communities.  

We had a red carpet night, featuring Honorary Chair, Deborah Phelps and Actor & International Speaker John Franklin Stephens.  We enjoyed performances by singer & songwriter, Bibi Bourelly and Devenio in Motion Dance company.  The evening included a silent auction, VIP guests, dancing, dinner, and more for a night to remember. 

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HOnorary Gala Chair,
Deborah Phelps

Deborah Phelps is the Executive Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. Ms. Phelps began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974. Deborah’s role evolved from teacher to team leader to department chair, which has served as the foundation of her successful role in administration. A highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps addresses a range of topics related to education, child development, health, and life lessons. We are thrilled to have such a voice at the Journey to inspire teen gala sharing her passion for giving back to the community with our attendees!

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Bibi Bourelly

"Bibi" Bourelly is a German singer and songwriter signed to Def Jam Recordings. She is the writer of several notable songs including Rihanna's "B&tch Better Have My Money" and "Higher" and Nick Brewer's "Talk to Me."  We are thrilled to have such a talented individual, who is also from Montgomery County, performing at the Journey to inspire teen gala!   

*disclaimer: should Bibi be called to an event post Grammy's, she will not be able to come to the gala.

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Honorary gala member,
John Franklin Stephens

Recently on Season 2 of Born This Way, author & frequent contributor to Huffington Post, and advocate-International Self Advocate speaker and leading spokesperson in ending the derogatory use of the R- word having gone head to head with Ann Coulter and Gary Owen. Frank also happens to have Down syndrome and speaks of how lucky he feels to live in a generation where all things are possible for a man with Down syndrome. We are thrilled to have such a inspirational speaker share his powerful message with those attending the gala!

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Thank you to those who donated to our silent auction!

Leone Harris & NBC4
Golden State Warriors
Washington Capitals
Monumental Sports
Markoff's Haunted Forest
Corepower Yoga
Charlie Palmer Steak, DC
Simon Says Yoga
Scout and Molly's Boutique
Lather Spa
Alex & ani
Henry's Sweet Retreat
Ledo's Pizza, Wheaton
Andrea Joseph Photography
Bike and Roll
The Filmore
Sophie Blake New York
Sky Zone
Kokie Professional
Next Level
Kim Reed
Amy & Jeff Abdow


2018 Planning Committee


Caleigh Stenger (Co-Chair)- Whitman HS
Carter Witt (Co-Chair)- Whitman HS
Adam Smith- Whitman HS
Maddie Mitchell- St. Andrew’s ES
Maggie Piemme- Walter Johnson HS
Bryce Sullenger- Quince Orchard HS
Alex Fine- BCC HS
Drew Wellington- Landon
Caroline Hertzberg- Stone Ridge HS
Neil Kelly- Gonzaga
Brendan Bielke- Georgetown Prep
Morgan Wiese- Whitman HS
Lily Gardiner- Stone Ridge HS
Hadleigh Locraft- Academy of the Holy Cross
Jane Alcott- Churchill HS
JP Keeling- BCC HS
Annabel Yeager- Visitation
Jamie Gordon- Whitman HS
Mary Daniels- Visitation
Mikala Jones- Sidwell
Mimi Muir- Visitation
Ally Navarrette- Whitman HS
Gena Mitchell- Devenio, Inc.
Sally Navarrette
Hope Pampillonia
Amy Abdow

We thank these young leaders for helping to spread our inspiring message.