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14th Annual Power of a Dream Gala

   May 13, 2015
   Washington Hilton Hotel
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(Washington, D.C.) - The U.S. Dream Academy recently celebrated their 14th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala, themed “Score For Dreams”, presented by Amway. The annual fundraiser was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Washington Hilton Hotel, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009. The Black Tie and Tennis Shoes attired gala benefited nationally recognized after-school programs for children of incarcerated parents and those falling behind in school. Each year, the Power of a Dream Gala attracts the support of hollywood celebrities; political figures, corporate executives, community leaders, and VIPs to invest and raise awareness to further help U.S. Dream Academy programs, who are known to thrive in making a difference in the lives of youth who are in need. This event was hosted by Malik Yoba probably best known for his roles as an actor in the 1993 Disney Classic, Cool Runnings, and Fox television series “New York Undercover” and the new Fox hit show “Empire.” As a testimony, U.S. Dream Academy Alumni, Kendall Tidwell, served as the keynote speaker for the evening. He detailed his journey through life and explained how with help from the U.S. Dream Academy and hard work, he was able to cope with the trauma, shame and anger he had experienced in his young life. Tidwell will be attending Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he will major in sociology. This year’s honorees, who are committed to making a difference in the lives of young people through their philanthropic efforts included: Edwin Moses, former Gold Medal Olympian, Jonathan Mariner, Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball (MLB), Jody Victor, President and CEO, MarkerNet, Inc. and Herbert Douglas Jr., the Oldest Living Olympian and U.S. Bronze Medalist. The Mentor of the Year award was awarded to Charlyn Anderson for her commitment to the D.C. Learning Center. Musical talent for the evening included Grammy Award Winning Artist, Regina Belle, Entertainers Extraordinaire, The Savoy Ellington’s and The U.S. Dream Academy Dream Kids. For five years, Amway has served as the Presenting Sponsor of the gala. Some of the additional sponsors that have contributed to make this year’s fundraiser successful include: USAFunds, Southwest Airlines, BWW Charities, MarkerMan Productions, Centric TV, IBOAI, Wells Fargo, and Insurance Advantage. The U.S. Dream Academy has been nationally recognized by notable figures, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Senator Orrin Hatch, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee to name a few, and such support is what makes dreams possible in young lives.