13th Annual U.S. Dream Academy Gala Inspires All To Dream Big
The U.S. Dream Academy celebrated its 13th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala on June 11th in Washington, D.C. This year’s Gala, themed “Dream Big”, presented by Amway raised over 1 million dollars. BWW Charities received the President’s Award, an honor presented to those individuals who have achieved significant success in their field and used that success as a catalyst to break down barriers and open doors of access and opportunity for children and overlooked populations.
This fundraiser will benefit the U.S. Dream Academy’s nationally recognized after-school programs. The Dream Academy Learning Centers are in 8 communities across the country and have served over 7,500 students in high risk neighborhoods . Their mission is to empower children who are at risk of incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology, the program is built on 3 pillars- skill building, character building and dream building. Each year the Power of a Dream Gala attracts the support of Hollywood celebrities, political figures, corporate executives, community leaders, and VIP’s to invest in and raise awareness for those children in need.
Hollywood actress Ion Overman and actor and producer Dale Godboldo, hosted the special event. It kicked off with a favorite moment of the night, a special heartwarming artistic dance and singing performance of Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy” with the U.S. DreamKids and guest soloist Matthew Schuler (finalist and audience favorite from NBC’s “The Voice” show), who also spent quality time with the kids in advance to rehearse and give them tips on singing. There was also powerful performances from Two Time Grammy Award Winning Ann Nesby, U.S. Dream Academy Founder, President and CEO Wintley Phipps.
Amway served as the Presenting Sponsor of the gala for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Amway Independent Business owners — BWW Charities, MarkerMan, IBOAI, Greg and Jacquie Francis, and many others, were major contributors to the success of the event.
To learn more about the US Dream Academy visit www.usdreamacademy.org.
View more images from the gala on Flickr.