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Friday, February 22, 2019

U.S. Dream Academy

U.S. Dream Academy 2014U.S. Dream Academy's Annual Power of a Dream Gala presented by Amway is always inspirational and entertaining, and the 13th Annual Gala held June 11, 2014 at the Washington Hilton was no exception. It was incredible from start to finish!

The special evening began with a VIP reception to recognize the many Dream Gala sponsors, including the IBOAI®, MMP (Jody and Kathy Victor), BWW™ Charities, and Greg and Jacquie Francis.

The fabulous dinner program began with Candace Matthews, Amway's Chief Marketing Officer, welcoming guests. The room sparkled with elegance, glowing with floating candles, fresh hydrangeas, sequined tablecloths, and smiles on every guest's face.

A wonderful treat, and one that guests look forward to at every gala is the musical performance by the Academy's DreamKids. This year's surely did not disappoint! Joined by guest soloist, Matthew Schuler, a finalist on the NBC's The Voice, the DreamKids sang Pharrell Williams' song, Happy. Representing the philanthropic spirit and energy of the IBOAI and MAC, Vinny and Dayna Pappalardo delighted the audience by dancing with the DreamKids on stage.

The 2014 President's Awards honored Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA), Andrew Bertamini, Regional Vice President of Wells Fargo, and Britt Worldwide Charities.

Entertainment was exquisite throughout the evening, featuring Wintley Phipps, the Academy's founder and CEO's debut of a powerful new song and his memorable words, "The Academy was founded by miracles and is sustained by them." Other highlights included a mesmerizing performance by the incomparable Ann Nesby (two-time Grammy award winner) and speed painting by Jessica K. Haas, producing a breathtaking portrait of Mother Theresa in just 90 seconds!

Also announced during the evening, the delicious Teavana® Oprah Chai products, sold by Starbucks® and Teavana retail stores, will benefit the U.S. Dream Academy along with several other youth programs.

Through this premier gala and popular live and silent auction items (including the Mother Theresa portrait), attendees generously supported the U.S. Dream Academy. This year's gala raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS, proving the power of a dream is mighty.

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