It sure felt like Christmas Eve as Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) members and the AC Hotel team members carried in holiday gifts for students of Fulford Elementary School, one of Stephanie Trump’s I Have A Dream Foundation -Miami schools. Three tables overflowed with games, books, toys and stuffed animals for the little books, toys and stuffed animals for the little ones of Fulford Elementary who had an extra-special holiday this year. The AC Hotel’s leadership team of General Manager Margaux Bouquet and Sales Manager Jennifer Perez who both handle the AC Hotel and the Aloft Hotel, oversaw this annual holiday party they host for the AMC. “The AC and Aloft Aventura Hotels were honored to have the opportunity to serve the community and host this wonderful annual holiday gathering. We thank all of the attendees for their generosity and wish everyone Happy Holidays.” As guests arrived at the elegant lobby of the AC Hotel, music from master pianist
Moises Herrera filled the air. Herrera was accompanied by the incredible singing of Young Star Jazzy Ortiz, one of the fan favorites from the AMC’s signature event. As Jazzy sang, Stefan Ilies of Let’s Dance Miami couldn’t resist taking some of the women onto the dance floor to teach them a few dance steps—all part of a memorable morning filled with the holiday spirit, networking, camaraderie, musical entertainment and a great breakfast.
Gary Pyott, AMC Chairman, introduced Jonas Severe, Program Coordinator for the I Have A Dream Foundation-Miami (IHAD) for the past 12 years, along with Fulford Principal Dr. Maria Rodriguez and IHAD Program Coordinator Adrienne Anthony. Severe explained how this outstanding charity, run for the past 26 years by Stephanie Trump of Acqualina of school, Lang promised college tuition to every sixth grader who graduated from high school. Here’s some numbers to consider: Over 60% of Dreamers are likely to earn a Bachelor’s Degree compared to 15% of their peers; Over 94% of Dreamers graduate high school, compared to 15% of their peers; College graduates earn, on average, an additional $1 million in lifetime earnings. The Miami chapter, founded in 1995 by Stephanie and Jules Trump, adopted the entire second grade class (97 Dreamers) at the Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. 95 Dreamers reached the twelfth grade, 83 of them graduated in 2005 on time and, 54 Miami program has helped defy these odds. These Dreamers have proven that just because one is born into poverty does not mean that one cannot succeed if only given the opportunity. The I Have A Dream Foundation is the only not-for-profit organization in America that starts with lower-income children from kindergarten and sees them and their families through to high school graduation with unbroken, year-round support and then pays for their college education or trade school. The Dreamers are provided with year round (after school and summer) programs of academic enhancement, as well as cultural,
social, and recreational activities.