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Community Outreach

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 where South Florida philanthropists join our Dreamers for a magical evening filled with dreams and opportunities ready to come true. This year’s Miami Gala, now in its 29th year, will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2024. For more information, visit

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 disadvantage neighborhood. 

Special Message from a Dreamer

Mrs. Trump:

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 there is anything I can do to help.

Avanti Thompson

Our Impact

The I Have a Dream Foundation adopted the entire second grade class (97 Dreamers) at the Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. A total of 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 Dreamers, now in the 4th Grade, will become the graduating class of 2032, and will be given the same opportunities as the classes of 2005 and 2020. 

Supporting the I Have a Dream Miami Chapter

There are many meaningful ways to contribute and support the I Have a Dream Miami Chapter in their mission to empower children from low-income areas to achieve their educational goals. In addition to monetary donations, we also welcome donations of goods and services that can make a difference in the lives of our Dreamers. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please reach out to us at  Together we can make a difference in shaping the future of these deserving children and helping them achieve their dreams.


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.