Join us for the 26th Annual I Have a Dream Virtual Gala on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 5:30pm. You’ll have an opportunity to meet some of the Dreamers you are supporting, including our new group of Dreamers, the Class of 2032. There will be a silent auction featuring exciting prizes, heartwarming messages from our Dreamers, and many surprises throughout the evening. Thank you for helping us invest in the future of our community, turning despair into dreams and converting obstacles into opportunities.
About The I Have a Dream Foundation Miami Chapter
Acqualina is committed to the community in which we operate and in 1995 founded the Miami Chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation. The Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. Each year, the principal owners of Acqualina, Stephanie, Jules and Eddie Trump (no relation to the former US president), host a major charitable gala and this year marks the 26th anniversary.
The I Have a Dream Foundation guarantees the Dreamers with an academic tuition at a Florida state university for a 4-year degree or at an accredited trade school. The program adopts an entire class of Dreamers from early elementary school in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood.
Special Message from a Dreamer
I am at a stage in my life where it’s time to give back to those who helped me with my childhood struggles. I feel deep in my heart that some children need help with homework just like Mr. Wiggins and his team helped me with. Everything I Have a Dream gave to me I would like to give to a child in the same way. If it was not for your team I might have died or been imprisoned or not in good standing as I am now. Please let me know if these is anything I can do to help.
The I Have a Dream Foundation adopted the entire second grade class (97 Dreamers) at the Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. 95 Dreamers reached the 12th grade, 83 of them graduated in 2005 on time and 54 graduated from college. In August 2007, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation adopted a new class of Dreamers at Hibiscus Elementary School in Miami, the class of 2020. Out of 107 Dreamers, 96 graduated on time and five graduated in 2021. As a result, 86 Dreamers are now enrolled in post-secondary education. Our Dreamers have gone on to become teachers, social workers, secretaries, electricians, nurses, entrepreneurs, and proud and productive citizens.
63 new Dreamers will become the graduating class of 2032, and will be given the same opportunities as the classes of 2005 and 2020.
I Have a Dream is committed to ensuring that these Dreamers have the opportunity to pursue higher education, capitalize on their talents and aspirations so they may have fulfilling careers and become proud and productive citizens.