“I HAVE A DREAM” FOUNDATION OF MIAMI
RAISES $1 MILLION AT ITS 27th ANNUAL GALA
Miami, FL (November 8, 2022) – Stephanie, Jules, and Eddie Trump of Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach hosted the 27th Annual “I Have a Dream” Foundation Miami Gala on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa. The evening raised $1 million, benefitting the “I Have a Dream” Foundation Miami Dreamers – the class of 2032 who are now in the 3rd grade. The Trump family founded the Miami-Dade chapter of the Foundation in 1995.
After hosting the “I Have a Dream” Gala online for two consecutive years, 580 South Florida philanthropists joined 40 Dreamers for a magical and uplifting evening. There was a silent auction with more than 40 exciting prizes and a live auction by auctioneer Jay Rokeach, including a 9-night trip to Italy with stops in Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and Sicily and a magnificent 12-night South African Memorable Experience, including two private game parks. Talented Miami artist Cameron Wheeler captivated the audience with her soulful voice during the cocktail hour, and Turnberry Resort’s culinary team prepared a four-course menu for all to enjoy.
The evening was filled with incredible surprises that began with founder Stephanie Trump's inspiring welcome address. She gave special recognition to the “I Have a Dream" Foundation's longtime Executive Director, Jonas Severe, and Project Director, Nicole Taylor, and said, "they are the glue that keeps our program together; without them, the program couldn't succeed.” A stunning performance was followed by Miami Dreamer Rendith Sanon, who is enrolled in college. Next, the class of 2032 performed the emotional song I'm Brave, I'm Strong, I'm Loved, I'm Smart, and I'm Unique with many in the audience in tears and singing along with them. After, guests enjoyed a quality stage production with an enthralling mix of music and lively instruments.
All funds raised at the Gala benefitted the “I Have a Dream” Foundation Miami Dreamers, children in low-income communities, helping to grant them an opportunity to pursue higher education, capitalize on their talents and fulfill their leadership potential by allowing them to get the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The Foundation also guarantees the children’s academic tuition at a Florida state university for a four-year degree or at an accredited trade school.
For more information, call (305) 937 7834 or visit dreammiami.org.
About I Have a Dream Foundation
The Miami chapter of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation was founded by the Trump Family in 1995. The 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. While only 50% of students in low-income communities are expected to finish high school, and only one out of seven will graduate from college, our Dreamers have gone on to become teachers, social workers, secretaries, scholar-athletes, lawyers, and more.
The “I Have a Dream” Foundation Miami Chapter supports 63 Dreamers who will become the graduating class of 2032. These young children will be offered the same opportunities as the classes of 2005 and 2020.
About Acqualina Resort & Residences
Acqualina Resort & Residences is where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. The lush grounds feature red couches set on Seashore Paspalum grass and are dotted with signature red umbrellas. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, the alfresco Costa Grill and the new Ke-uH Japanese restaurant, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms and an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events. Acqualina Spa provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation. A family-owned and operated property, Acqualina is a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Awards for both the hotel and spa and the AAA Five Diamond Award.
Alexandra Wensley, Vice President of Communications
Acqualina Resort & Residences
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