A Child with a Dream is a Child with a Future - Wintley Phipps, Founder

Dream Academy News | 3rd Annual Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction

Tuesday October 4, 2016

ORLANDO, FL – U.S. Dream Academy is excited to announce the details of the 3rd Annual Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction, a dinner and auction to benefit after-school and mentoring programs in Orlando.  This highly anticipated event will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 13, 2016, and will take place at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL.

This year’s Honorary Event Chair, Dick Batchelor, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, has been a long-time advocate for youth in Orlando and a supporter of the U.S. Dream Academy.  He is currently the president of the Dick Batchelor Management Group, Inc. Vanessa Echols, WFTV’s news anchor, and acclaimed television journalist will serve as this year’s mistress of ceremonies.

Renowned honorees of the 3rd Annual Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction are Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orange County Public School Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins, and City of Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

Sheriff Jerry Demings is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Service to the Community Award for his department’s commitment to Dream Academy’s Safe Passages a student-led initiative to engage the local police and community to help create a safer walk to and from school for all students. Through personal appearances from the sheriff’s office, providing safety advice, working alongside students in their efforts to keep their community safe, Sheriff Demings’ department has been a strong partner to Dream Academy.   Sheriff Demings is a native of Orlando and has the distinction of serving as Orlando’s first African-American Police Chief and was elected as the first African-American Orange County Sheriff in 2008. His passion is working with children’s organizations.

Dr. Barbara Jenkins will receive the award for Commitment to Excellence in Education For All.  Dr. Jenkins has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for more than 25 years and was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) in 2012.  Under Dr. Jenkins’ leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education and the Governor’s Sterling Awards in 2014 and again in 2015. The Orlando Business Journal honored her as a CEO of the Year in 2015.  Recognized for her commitment and influence, both the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine have recognized her as one of the 10 most powerful people in Central Florida.  Dr. Jenkins support of the US Dream Academy in OCPS has been a key factor in the success of the Orlando Dream Academy programs.

Chief John Mina will receive this year’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Community for his role in supporting the Safe Passages program at the Orlando Dream Academy.  Chief Mina’s department also provided officers to make a personal appearance, provide safety advice and take part in annual Safe Passages activities held at Memorial Middle School and Catalina Elementary.  After serving in the United States Army for three years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Military Police Officer, Chief Mina moved to Orlando, FL in 1990 to attend the Police Academy.  Chief Mina has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades during his career including the Award of Valor and the Chief’s Special Award.  In 2014, Chief Mina was appointed by Mayor Dyer as Chief of Police for the City of Orlando.

The U.S. Dream Academy’s Orlando Learning Community serves students at five Orange County Public Schools that help to improve high school graduation rates in Orlando for students at high-risk of school failure. The program has shown a 92% on-time graduation rate this past school year.

The Dream Believe Achieve Dinner and Auction is sponsored by: Florida Hospital, Simon T. Bailey International, Inc., Seneff Family Foundation, TLCRx Pharmacy, Florida Hospital Church, First Baptist Church of Orlando, Florida Blue Foundation, JM Best Entertainment, Correctional Management & Communications Group, LLC, and 4 Rivers Smokehouse.

To purchase tickets, please contact John Glover at jgloveratusdreamacademy [dot] org or visit www.usdreamacademy.org.

Media Contact: Tony Marshall, V. Agency, Inc. 202.735.4310   vjeonatvagencyinc [dot] com                          


There are about 10 million people  in this country that have experienced at least one parent being incarcerated during their childhood. The U.S. Dream Academy is helping our nation's children reach for their dreams.  The mission of the U.S. Dream Academy is to empower children who are at risk of incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. Through innovative afterschool and mentoring programs, currently operating in 7 cities nationwide, the U.S. Dream Academy is transforming children into dreamers who envision and realize their potential.