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Join Us!

You are cordially invited to

A Celebration for
Our Local Hero Dominic Walker

Saturday, November 4, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building (Auditorium)

15941 Donald Curtis Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191

For more information, contact ASP Management at

We Welcome Your Contributions

If you feel inclined, feel free to help Dominic (Domo) and his family defray mounting medical fees. Your contribution to Domo's GoFundMe would be greatly appreciated. You may also support Domo by purchasing items from his Amazon Wish List that will help him with his physical recovery.

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We ask that event attendees wear something purple
in solidarity of
our celebration
of Dominic.

About the Event

Join local dignitaries, 2023 National American Miss Virginia Zoila Goya, as well as friends, family, associates, and community members of local hero and burn survivor Dominic Walker (affectionately known as Domo) to celebrate his heroism, witness his receiving a Hero's Award from Prince William County, and support his healing journey. 

About Dominic (aka Domo)

On July 17, 2023, Woodbridge, Virginia, resident Dominic Walker (now age 31) sustained severe burn injuries on July 17, 2023, when a home in St. Charles, Missouri, occupied by himself, another adult, and two small children (including his now 5-year-old daughter Mariah) exploded from a suspected gas leak. Dominic saved his daughter from the burning home and, in the process, suffered third-degree burns on nearly 50 percent of his body. His healing journey—which includes a medically induced three-week coma, eight surgeries, and several blood transfusions during his three-month hospitalization—will continue well into 2024. 

Let's unite to support Domo and his family during this time of recovery.

News Coverage

Read our press release on the “Here for Domo: A Celebration for Our Local Hero Dominic Walker” event, and view news coverage of the July 17 incident in which Dominic, his daughter Mariah, and another person were injured.


The celebration will include the following.

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Althea DeGree

Mistress of Ceremonies

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Hero’s Award and Proclamation

Woodbridge District Supervisor

Margaret Angela Franklin

Prince William County, Virginia

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Remarks from the Phoenix Society

Rachel Kudlak

Marketing Lead


Liliana Palacios

Community Resource Coordinator

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

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Remarks from Friends and Family of Domo

Eddie Jones (friend)

James Barkley (friend)

Delilah Gomez (friend)

Steven Meadows (friend)

Brandon Carino (friend)

Desrene Barr (Mom)

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Pastoral Remarks and Moment of Silence

Pastor John Ocran Sarsah

ICGC Restoration Temple

Woodbridge, VA

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"The Journey” 

Video Presentation

Edited by Gloria Hernandez

Music by Art The Great

ASP Management

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Musical Tribute:

“This Day” written by Edwin Hawkins

Performed by soloist

Kevette Burwell

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Althea DeGree

Mistress of Ceremonies

Special Appearance by

Zoila Goya

2023 National American Miss Virginia

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Check out recording of the Nov. 1 Talk About It (IG Live)

See this exclusive in-depth discussion featuring Dominic Walker and his mother Desrene Barr.

Special Thanks to

  • Bahama Breeze, Jamaican Breeze, and Chef Greg Scroggins of Woodbridge, VA, for providing food and refreshments

  • Patrick Magee for Event Photography Services (IG: @patrickmageephotography)

  • Our greeters: Ana Torres Carino and Alayah Martin

  • Media Coordinator: Evangeline Waldron

  • Graphic, video, and web designer: Gloria Hernandez

  • All supporters of Dominic Walker and his family

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