Special Olympics Mississippi and Special Olympics South Carolina Summer Games 2002
1. The Baddour Center, Senatobia, Mississippi,
Performance with "THE MIRACLES"
2. National Down Syndrome Society
with "Life Goes On" star Chris Burke

3. Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act
with the The Bell Stars.
4. Mayor's Arts Council Grant Awards
5. ROY CLARK and MARIA ROSE in Concert at Towson Center
6. Brad Paisley Concert, Reinholds, PA
7. Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games
8. James E. Duckworth School Challenge Day
9. Maryland Special Olympics Summer Games
10. Thule, Greenland DOD Tour

EVENTS: The travels we've had and people we've met because of our organization has made this an exciting year. Performances have included the Very Special Arts Festival at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland.

Special Olympics performances covered several states, including a first time visit to Houston, Texas. After the Closing Ceremonies and Victory Dance, Maria hopped on one of the buses for a last minute photo.

In Michigan, Maria shared the stage with TV celebrity, Chris Burke, who has appeared on "Life Goes On", and "Touched by an Angel". Maria with 2 of the 3500 athletes of Michigan's Summer Games, Central Michigan Univ.

The Summer Games in Richmond, Kentucky was a short, but very warming trip. Maria's shown with two athletes who stayed by her side and helped her with passing out photographs.

At home for the Maryland Summer Games, Maria's shown with some of the athletes and others who recorded "You Are the Flame". Ceremonies was held in Cole Field House at the Univ. of MD, College Park.

The 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games Sailing Regatta was held in the beautiful surroundings of St. Mary's County, MD. Maria performed "You Are the Flame" for the Opening Ceremonies. Later in the week, she had the chance to meet and chat with Mark Kennedy Shriver, who is in the House of Representatives in Montgomery County, MD.

A filming of a talented group of athletes and Special Education students from the Lower Eastern Shore took place in Ocean City, MD. They sang several songs, and look forward to participating with "PerformAbilities" in a future concert.

The Greater London Special Olympics Games were held in Sept. 1999, and Maria and Danny took part in the Ceremonies and Awards events. Maria was introduced by a real "Town Crier", (photo 9), is shown with two London area athletes, (photo 10), and was given a special plaque by the Mayor and Mayoress of Enfield, England. (photo 11)

"PerformAbilities" was given it's first opportunity to show what it's all about at the annual Awards Banquet for Maryland Special Olympics. St. Mary's County athlete James Sewell is shown with Maria as he performed "My Girl" and received a standing ovation from over 200 attendees. (photo 12) James is a talented singer who performs in church and other special events, holds two jobs, and was one of the 12 athletes who helped Maria record "You Are the Flame". He is the pioneer performer for "PerformAbilities", and will always be welcome to show his singing talents at future concerts and events with the organization. A big thanks is extended to Mary Lou Bucci, director of St. Mary's County, MD Special Olympics, who was essential in giving us the opportunity to meet James and know his talents.
Giving an incredible speech during the banquet was York County, PA athlete Loretta Claiborne. Her motivation, determination and sincere words completely captured the entire spirit of Special Olympics. (Loretta, Maria and M.C. Rick Gesue) (photo 13)

The Winter Games for Texas Special Olympics took place at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Shown is Maria reaching out to an athlete as she performed in the Opening Ceremonies. (photo 14) With over 3,000 athletes, coaches and attendees, it's the first time Maria's performed in an airplane hangar! Maria and Danny took in the sights of San Antonio, including the Alamo and the beautiful Riverwalk.

It was an incredible year for "PerformAbilities". The organization has numerous goals, and looks forward to a new year to meet and feature the many talented disabled performers around the world.