2018 theme “Convergence: Moving Towards Unity"
Dream Foundation held its first annual gala recently in Brooklyn. High- profile supporters came out in large numbers to network and contribute to the community causes Headley spearheads. After more than 40 years of serving the community, ‘The Friends of DeCosta Headley’ transitioned its community-based supportive services programs to a new philanthropic entity named ‘Developing Restoring Enriching Advancing Many Foundation, Inc.’ (‘D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’).This new 501(c) (3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization is destined to be the vehicle to take its many long-standing assistance programs benefiting communities to greater heights
With help of many philanthropists—within the community and other interested parties—they have brought services to the poor and disenfranchised people and groups (singularly and with other community-based organizations), including The Hunger Program feeding between 15 – 20,000 community persons in annual food donations as well as senior and community events; Annual Pre- thanksgiving dinner and Turkey Drives; Health Programs including Health fairs, Work with various health care providers for children with special needs and senior citizens; Educational programs providing scholarships sending youth to college as well as providing college tours to campuses around the country. Training programs offering On-the-job training.
This involves employee training at the place of work, Introduction of Inner City Youth to Summer Camps sending girls aged 8-12 years and boys 8-15 years to summer camps Career Awareness Program (CAP/Camp Mariah) for children currently in the 6th grade. Both programs are in in cooperation with the Fresh Air Fund; Housing assistance programs, Job placement programs, and Annual holiday toy and food distributions, among other works.
On the festive occasion for the Dream Foundation, catered at El Caribe, DeCosta honored a number of individuals for their contributions. The honorees included :
- – Dr. Susan Beane, VP, Medical Director, Healthfirst
- – Gloria Bent, MS, RD, CDN, NYC Health & Hospitals Corp/North Central Bronx Hospital
- – Dr. Kim Best, PhD, Chair, Community Advisory Board, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
- – LaRay Brown, CEO, Interfaith Medical Center & One Brooklyn Health System
- – Candida Brooks-Harrison, MSW, LCSW, NYC Chapter NASW
- – Dr. Chudi Chime, CEO, Hillside Polymedic Diagnostic & Treatment Center
- – Steven DeLuca, Senior VP & Chief Risk Officer, Interfaith Medical Center
- – Assistant District Attorney Renee Gregory, Kings County
- – Canon Diane Porter, Chair, IM Foundation
- – Christopher Roker, CEO, Queens Hospital
- – Mitchell Teller, Administrator, Hillside Manor & Extended Care Facility
- – Henna White, Director/Secretary/Treasurer, One Brooklyn Health System
- – Valentin Zusman, Century Medical & Dental