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U.S. DreamAcademy 11th Annual Power of a Dream Gala on May 1st with NFL’s Pat Summerall, Mark Ingram, James Brown, Miss America 2012, Mary Mary, Lamman Rucker, Chef Jeff, Congressional Members and more

WHO: HONOREES: Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, George Allen “Pat” Summerall (former National Football League Player and Television Sportscaster), Mark Ingram, Jr. (Heisman Trophy Winner New Orleans Saints of the National Football League), Lars Houmann (President & CEO Florida Hospital), Hilton O. Smith (Sr. Vice-President, Community Affairs Turner Construction Company), Kathy Victor (Board of Directors Chairman, Independent Business Owners Association International).

VIP PRESENTER: James Brown (award winning sportscaster)

PERFORMANCES BY: Mary Mary (Grammy Award Winning Gospel Group), US Dream Academy DREAMKids, and Wintley Phipps (Grammy Award nominee, and Founder and President of the U.S. DreamAcademy)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Chef Jeff Henderson (Executive Chef, Best Selling Author and Star of the Food Network)

GALA CHAIRS: The Honorable Ben Cardin (D-MD) and The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Corporate Gala Chair Darien C. Grant, J.D. (Turner Construction Company)

CO-HOSTS: Lamman Rucker (actor from Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns & Why Did I Get Married) and Edward R. Murrow Award winning anchor Cynne’ Simpson

GALA HONORARY CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE:The Honorable Orrin Hatch (R-UT), The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), The Honorable John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rep.Corrine Brown (D-FL), The Honorable Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO), Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA37), Rep. André Carson (IN-7), and The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).

WHAT: The 11th Annual U.S. DreamAcademy “Power of a Dream” Gala, themed “Dreams for the Future”

WHERE: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel located at 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008.

WHEN:Tuesday, May 1, 2011


Media Check-In: 5:00pm

WHY: The mission of the U.S. DreamAcademy is to empower children who are at risk of future incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. The vision is to create an army of young men and women with positive dreams for their lives, equipped with the tools to make those dreams a reality with the core values of Faith, Freedom, Inspiration and Integrity.


Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler video supporting the U.S. Dream Academy 11th Annual “Power of a Dream Gala”


Media Contact:
Priscilla Clarke at Clarke PR,
Tel. (202)723-2200,
Cell. (240)476-9643

For tickets and sponsorship information:
visit or contact Angela Bonitto, Director of Development:
phone: 410.772.7143,

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