Help Easter Seals and M&T Bank Provide a Magical Evening for Children with Disabilities

Notes from the President:


On February 15, Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA will host our signature family event, Bright Stars at Disney on Ice Presented by M&T Bank. It’s a special evening of fun for children whose everyday obstacles may make it challenging to attend an event like Disney on Ice, and every year we hear from thrilled families how much the event means to them.

In addition to providing a great evening for so many families in the community, the funds we raise through sponsors (individuals and corporations) and Bright Stars’ Presenting Sponsor M&T Bank enable us to make profound, positive differences in the lives of adults, children and veterans of all ages, abilities and backgrounds every day. Children like Daniel DeBatt, who along with his parents, Megan Scully and Chris DeBatt, were recently featured in a segment on “Great Day Washington” on WUSA9. Megan and Chris shared how Easter Seals and the staff at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Child Development Center in Washington, DC are helping their family thrive.

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The fundraising for the event is led by Bright Stars Committee Co-Chairs Cecilia Hodges of M&T Bank and Craig Ruppert of The Ruppert Companies, and Founding Bright Stars Committee Co-Chair David Ross of Atlantic Realty Companies. Their hard work and dedication to Easter Seals ensure that we can make our programs and services available to families who need us and that we can continue to innovate to meet our community’s evolving needs.


M&T Bank is not only the Presenting Sponsor of Bright Stars, but also helps staff the event with a team of enthusiastic and smiling volunteers every year.  Led by Cecilia Hodges, the M&T Bank team of volunteers helps ensure that every Easter Seals family has a carefree and fun-filled evening.

Along with Presenting Sponsor M&T Bank, Easter Seals thanks Empowerment Sponsors the Ruppert Companies and Alan Meltzer, and Opportunity Sponsors Atlantic Realty Companies, Specialized Engineering, The Halle Companies, David & Katherine Bradley, Jim Fontana and Rob & Linda Faktorow. To see a complete list of companies and individuals supporting Bright Stars, please visit our sponsor page.

However, you don’t have to be a major corporation to be a sponsor of Bright Stars at Disney on Ice Presented by M&T Bank. Individuals, families, and companies of all sizes can support our mission by sponsoring or donating.

For more information about sponsorships or ticket sales, please contact Events Manager Megan Mills at 301-920-9702 or


So mark your calendar for February 15, and join us and thousands of your neighbors to enjoy a magical evening as we discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen presented like never before at Bright Stars at Disney on Ice Presented by M&T Bank!

You’ll witness dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music that will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle.  And you’ll do so with the knowledge that YOU are making it possible for the children and adults with disabilities or special needs, including wounded warriors, military, veterans and their families enjoy a special night.  And you’ll feel good knowing that you are ensuring Easter Seals continues to create an inclusive community where ALL thrive.

I hope to see you on February 15!

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