$1 Million Raised…to Help Children Realize Their Dreams

August 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The U.S. Dream Academy’s annual Power of a Dream Gala is a celebration – of its supporters, whose financial generosity funds its celebrated programs; of the mentors, whose commitment of time and heart brings those programs to life; and of the more than 7,000 young people served by the Dream Academy – the DreamKids – who have been given the support and resources to be successful in school and in life.

This year’s 11th Annual Gala in Washington, D.C. was a sparkling occasion and indeed reason to celebrate. Amway was the proud presenting sponsor of the May 1st event that saw celebrities, financial partners and sponsors digging deep to offer a total of $1 million to fund the programs provided by the Academy’s ten Centers. Individual IBOs and the Independent Business Owners Association International (IBOAI) were equally generous in their financial support, rising to a challenge from stage and adding an amazing, additional $30,000 to the evening’s fundraising effort.

Hollywood, recording and sports celebrities shared the spotlight and stage with Jim Payne, Amway EVP and member of the U.S. Dream Academy Board of Directors; Candace Matthews, Amway CMO; Jody Victor, IBO and Chairman, U.S. Dream Academy Board of Directors and Miss America 2012 and Dream Academy supporter, Laura Kaeppeler, to honor, acknowledge and award the incredible contributions of supporters and mentors, alike. Kathy Victor, Chairman, Board of Directors, IBOAI, earned a special honor as a 2012 recipient of the Dream Academy’s Legacy Award, an Award established to honor individuals whose outstanding life’s work has inspired youth to pursue their dreams and become great achievers. Congratulations, Kathy!

All in all, it was an amazing night and many new dreams will be realized.

Learn more about the US Dream Academy in the video below:


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