Sueños 2016
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Sueños 2016

Dascha Polanco

Dascha Polanco

DREAMer of the Year – Dascha Polanco, Award Winning Actress from Joy and Orange is the New Black

DREAM’s 5th Annual NYC Benefit will take place at the exclusive 40/40 Club in Manhattan, with some of NY’s most prominent philanthropists and celebrities, including invited guests David Ortiz, Amelia Vega, Julia Alvarez, Robinson Cano, Leslie Grace, Henry Santos, Junot Díaz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yoenis Céspedes, Taye Diggs, the cast of Orange is the New Black, and many more.

All proceeds from the event will go towards DREAM’s early childhood development, at-risk youth and workforce development programs.


DREAM was founded in 2002 by a group of visionary volunteers and donors that, after visiting a public school in Cabarete with no running water or electricity, were compelled to improve Latin America’s poorest performing education system. They established both a US and DR non profit organization to create change. From acclaimed author Julia Alvarez and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, to the first Dominican born member of Congress, Adriano Espaillat, our board has consisted of artists, athletes, educators and philanthropists leading the charge to educate all Dominican youth. We build and run schools together with communities; we establish quality educational programs, and we stay and work with the communities until they are willing and able to do it on their own. This is what sets us apart from other organizations. Our DREAM is that all children and youth in the Dominican Republic will have equal opportunities to learn and realize their full potential through transformative education programs that combat the effects of poverty for more than 7,000 youth and 8,000 community members throughout our 16 DREAM communities.

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Press from last year’s event, Sueños 2015

Sueños 2015 Pre-Event Coverage

  • Bachata 24
  • Hombre Magazine
  • La Voz Latina Regional (Clip/Newspaper/PDF)
  • El Amauta (Clip/Newspaper/PDF)
  • Latino Post Newspaper (Clip/Newspaper/PDF)


Event Invitation Committee

Karla Farach de Athanasopoulos, Yokasta Segura-Baez, Mirtha Cabral McQuilling, Robert Abreu, Celines Toribio, Benjamin de Menil, Marlene Parron and the DREAM Executive Board.

Event Planning

Kathy Romero and Darlene Cordero

Proceeds from Sueños support The DREAM Project in the Dominican Republic. The DREAM Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides quality education for over 6,000 children annually. We offer the hope of a better quality of life for present and future generation of Dominican children by greatly improving their educational opportunities.

DREAM has a 100% model, which means 100% of donations go towards programs and our Board covers all operational expenses. Ambassador contributions will go towards one of DREAM’s 3 categories of education:
Early Childhood Education
High Quality Primary Education
Holistic Youth Development

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. All donations are tax-deductible.

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