Dream Project Presents SUENOS 2020 Gala –NYC

By:Dr.Adal M.Hussain,Phd (AKA) Dr.Abbey ,Editor @ Large for World Liberty TV

DREAM was informally founded in 1995 by Michel Zaleski, our chairman, president and largest donor, who wanted to help improve the future for the children of the Dominican Republic. He decided to focus on education after visiting public schools in Cabarete with overcrowded understaffed classrooms and dilapidated facilities with no running water or electricity.

Suenos 2020 Gala Guests

It was clear that the country was woefully under-investing in its schools. Michel began by bringing down Dartmouth College students to supplement the teaching at two Cabarete public schools. He and other donors then began paying for the construction of additional classrooms, libraries and sanitary facilities at these and other schools.

Realizing that a lot more could be done by having its own facilities and organizing as a registered non-profit, DREAM was formally established in 2002 in both the US and Dominican Republic.

John Stippell and Taylor McLam of Spector Bass

Since then, DREAM has grown from one location to now helping more than 8,000 children, youth and young adults receive a better education through its 14 programs in 28 different communities. DREAM’s programs focus on early childhood education, high quality primary education, and holistic youth development.

L-R Dr Abbey with Leo Pina Founder Compra Foods & Rufus Lusk Realestate investor

These programs consist of neo-natal education, preschools, after school supplemental and remedial education, at-risk youth programs, summer schools and camps, fixed and mobile libraries, computer labs, age-appropriate free books for thousands of children, vocational training and much more.

We work closely with community members and public school staff to assess local needs, establish quality education programs that address those needs, and provide continuous support to schools, teachers and community members to ensure success over the long-term. This is what sets us apart from other organizations.

Actor Taye Diggs with Co-Chairs and Sponsors of Event

DREAM is one of the largest employers in the communities, in which it works, supporting close to 80 staff and their families. DREAM’s volunteer program is a key factor in its success.

Michel Zaleski Founder & Chair of Dream Project welcoming guests

Each year, hundreds of international and local volunteers work on specific DREAM projects and programs. Some reside in our communities for a year or longer.

Dr Abbey with Actor Taye Diggs

From Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, to the first Dominican-born member of Congress, Adriano Espaillat, to Grammy nominee Leslie Grace, our board consists of artists, athletes, educators and philanthropists leading the charge to educate all Dominican youth.

L-R Timothy Culver Chairman Phoenix Tower Intl ,Entertainer Mr Nilsson & Dr Abbey

The Suenos Gala started of with welcoming remarks by Michel Zaleski,  chairman, president of  Dream Project, who welcomed guests to this noble cause, Actor Taye Diggs and Shane Evans served as Emcee’s for the event. The Event Co-Chairs were Kathy Romero,Tony Peralta and Michel Zaleski .

Magaly Rome Executive Chef

The Honorees were Dagan Kasavana CEO, and Kelly Day Director of HR, for Phoenix Tower International ,who received the Corporate Dreamer of the year award., live performance by Bachata Academy Performance ,presented by Doug Wimbish.Close to 200 people were in attendance, great food, People and all for a great cause.

Dr Abbey with Mr Dominican & Miss Dominican 2020

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