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 president), host a major charitable gala and this year marks the 25th anniversary. To bring our community together for this good cause we will be hosting a Virtual Gala on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
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. The foundation adopted the entire second grade class (97 Dreamers) at the Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. 95 Dreamers reached the twelfth grade, 83 of them graduated in 2005 on time and, 54 graduated college and several are currently enrolled in higher education. In August of 2007, the I Have a Dream Foundation adopted a new class of Dreamers, the class of 2020. All of these children have been promised the same opportunities as the class of 2005.
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.