6TH ANNUAL DREAM DINNER

LOCAL NONPROFIT CELEBRATES THREE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Phoenix, AZ – November 09, 2013 – 

Nearly 200 attendees joined the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation in celebration of the 6th Annual Dream Dinner on November 9, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Three high school graduates were honored as the Foundation’s 2013 Dream Scholars. They are Daniela Alcazar a senior at Chaparral High; Rajan Patel at Red Mountain High School; and Hannah Perrine at Boulder Creek High School. These extraordinary young leaders were chosen from over 200 applicants. Their commitment to social justice, along with their personal achievements within their community, qualified them to receive the $4,000 Arizona Dream Builder Scholarship. All three winners are also eligible to participate in the Dream Intern program, which provides paid 8-week internships to graduating high school seniors, introducing them to local businesses and providing them with valuable work experience.

The Arizona Dream Dinner is also a chance to recognize those Arizona organizations who support the Foundation’s efforts. The six sustaining organizations were recognized for their support since the ADBF’s inception. They are, Maricopa Community Colleges District, Southwest Gas Company, Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht, PC, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Engelman-Berger PC, and University Mechanical and Engineering Contractors.

The keynote speaker of the evening was Dr. David Garcia, Arizona State University professor. The evening also showcased the talents of the Basha High School Jazz Band and the George Gervin Prep Academy’s Pan Drummers.  Artist Richard Brooks created a painting to celebrate the dinner titled “I Have a Dream.” The painting was later auctioned with proceeds going to support the young Arizonians that the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation serves.

The Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to provide educational and workplace readiness opportunities to youth in Arizona for the purpose of cultivating life-long leaders for social justice who, through their actions, will strengthen their community and our state while building a culture of service. Since its inception in 2008 over 1400 High School seniors have applied to the Dream Scholar program and 20 Dream Scholars have received a four year scholarship award, totaling over $74,000 in scholarship funds.

 In 2009, Arizona Dream Builder Foundation implemented the Dream Intern program, which provides 8-week Internships to select Arizona High School graduates. To date, the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation has managed the placement and employment of 41 Dream Interns with companies across the Valley, accounting for approximately 13,000 hours of work skills development and over $100,000 earned in wages by its students.

 For more information about the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation including the Dream Scholar and Dream Intern programs or for information about the 6th Annual Dream Dinner to be held on November 8, 2014, visit www.azdreambuilder.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AZDreamBuilders or call 480-744-6293.

 

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ABOUT THE ARIZONA DREAM BUILDER FOUNDATION:

Arizona Dream Builder Foundation works diligently to create greater public awareness of social justice and the tenets of the world’s great leaders as it equips young people for the world of work through education, mentoring, and meaningful paid internships. The ADBF uses its highly successful "Dream Scholar" and "Dream Intern" programs to celebrate those students who demonstrate that commitment in their lives, their schools, and in their communities.

 For more information on the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, or to be a sponsor of one of its programs, please visit www.azdreambuilder.org or call (480) 744-6293.


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Posted: November 11, 2013
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