Joe’s Annual Gala Award Recipients Announced

Joe’s Movement Emporium honors the artists, individuals, donors and educators

that make the movement possible for many


Mount Rainier, MD — (Feb. 26, 2016) – Joe’s Movement Emporium will recognize seven remarkable individuals who make it possible for Joe’s to move bodies, minds and communities at “Rhythm of the Night” Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Annual Gala on Saturday, March 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County.

This year’s honorees are:

John Hannon

Louis Woodring

“Mighty Joe” Volunteer of the Year Award

Melissa Mackey, Parkdale High School


Laura Schandelmeier, Dance Box Theater

Community Legacy Award

Michael Friend, Soul in Motion African Dance and Drum

Creative Visionary Award

Mary Jane Coolen and Edward Terry

Incredible Impact Award

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Joe’s arts programs and services continue to grow and expand based on need and demand. Both of its Maryland State Certified arts programs—Club Joe’s, the afterschool program, and Camp Joe’s, the summer arts-based camps—have nearly doubled in attendance in the past year. In addition, Joe’s has received requests to implement its arts education curriculum in other parts of the region. Therefore, Joe’s is working to expand its service delivery beyond its current facility, while sustaining existing programs and investing in facility upgrades and improvements. Joe’s vision is to increase and enhance the movement education experience in support of academic achievement. These opportunities for growth are possible only through the generous support of sponsors and donors and through the gala, Joe’s largest annual fundraising event.

For “Rhythm of the Night” gala reservations or information, please contact Director of Development, Barbara Goliday, at 301-699-1819 or Individual tickets for “Rhythm of the Night” are $120.00 per person. Event sponsorships start at $500.00. 

About Joe’s Movement Emporium

Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth has made it a well-respected model for nonprofit organizations in the region.

Media Contact: Neena Narayanan, Marketing and Communications,, (301) 699-1819


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