Sensational Summer Night XII

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Friday night, August 23rd was simply SENSATIONAL. CLICK HERE to download the event program. It’s been an amazing year (so far) for the Dream Foundation. Our success is a reflection of individuals, companies and organizations who have stood alongside us in our mission to encoourage young people. Here is a summary of our 2019 efforts:

  • We announced the establishment of the Mark Edward Griffin Scholarship in 2018 and this year, working with Mark’s wife Sonja and a dedicated team of persons from Baltimore and Atlanta, the vision became a reality when we awarded two scholarships under this designation.
  • We solidified an endowed scholarship in the name of the Dream 4 It Foundation at Towson University - my alma-mater. The endowed scholarship will impact generations when it is fully established by 2023. Because of the way we set-up the fund – with a separating operating fund - we will begin awarding scholarships to Towson students as a part of this initiative in 2020.
  • Our application to be a part of the Federal Government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) was approved. Through the Campaign, current federal employees, annuitants (retirees), military personnel and federal government contractors can now help us inspire young people to dream by giving a donation to the Dream 4 It Foundation through the CFC.
  • We maintained connections with our scholars through events and personal contacts – celebrating their personnel and professional successes, strengthened our Board with the addition of new members, worked consistently to maintain and develop mutually beneficial partnerships across the region and, remained consistent in our efforts to raise critical funding which allows us to support the dreams of young people.

And the year culminated this month with two major events – the scholarship presentation in Atlanta on August 3rd and 4th (referenced above) and the annual Sensational Summer Night held in Baltimore last weekend. The Baltimore event was indeed SENSATIONAL as the artist, honorees and scholars came together for a culminating event which celebrated a year of amazing milestones. We awarded an additional five scholarships and honored seven individuals for their commitment to inspiring dreams.

And again how did we do this, because of your sacrificial support. THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU! 

Dream 4 It Foundation Awards $16,000.00 in Educational Scholarships and Honors Community “Dream-Givers” During Annual Benefit Concert

Foundation’s Eleven Year Giving Total Reaches $140,000.00

For Immediate Release (October 10, 2018) Giving, music and celebration were the guiding themes as the Dream 4 It Foundation celebrated its 11th Anniversary this Summer with a benefit concert and scholarship awards ceremony at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Billed as A Sensational Summer Night, young persons were awarded some $15,000.00 in educational scholarships and book stipends and a number of persons were honored for their service to the community at the August event.

Founded in 2008, the Dream 4 It Foundation raises scholarship funds for college freshmen. The Foundation also honors persons from the community who inspire others to dream. With this year’s awards, the Foundation has presented an amazing $140,000.00 in scholarships. The Foundation’s President, Dr. Anthony Brown, a local minister and accomplished recording artist, began the Foundation in response to the overwhelming reaction he received to a song he had written and recorded entitled, Dream. He adds, “This song has become more than an inspiring lyric, it has encouraged persons to once again go after their dreams.”

2018 scholarship recipients included:

  • Hannah Brammer, Stevenson University
  • Tere’ssa Anna-Marie Fleming, Emerson College
  • Joseph Nathaniel Hill, Otterbein University
  • Ifeoma Okeke, University of MD, College Park
  • Kevin Daniel Etheridge, Bucknell University (Reginald Combs Scholar)
  • Kailah Sherrod, Morgan State University (Perseverence Award)

2018 honorees included:

  • Jessica Brown, College Gurl Foundation
  • Cameron Mile – Director – Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood
  • Deshawn Batson, Baltimore City Community Organizer
  • The Memory of Former County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
  • Donald Tynes, Community Inspiration
  • Makenzie Greenwoood, Creator of the Hampstead Food Pantry
  • George Mitchell, Park Heights Area Community Organizer
  • Brenda Brown Rever, Baltimore Leadership School For Young Women

In presenting the scholarship awards, Dr. Brown, thanked a number of local companies and individuals who made financial and service donations to the Foundation. This year’s event featured The Voice Finalist – Baltimore’s Own Davon Fleming. To find out more about the Dream 4 It Foundation go to or call (443) 472-3311. Your tax deductible donations are appreciated.


 Reginald Combs Memorial Scholarship

The family of the late Reginald Combs has announced a Memorial Scholarship in his honor that will be administered through the Dream 4 It Foundation. Mr. Combs was a special man. A spiritual man who put God and Family above all else. The value of a good education was high on his list of priorities. Taken out of school to work at the age of 13, he didn’t have the opportunity that so many of us have. Yet he remained determined to give his family the opportunity that he was not afforded. He worked five different jobs to send his three children to private schools and to college. Such was his commitment to family and the value of a good education. To carry on his legacy, a scholarship is being established as part of the Dream 4 It Foundation. Each year in August, deserving students are provided scholarships through the Foundation. To date over $125,000.00 in scholarships have been granted by the Foundation. You can help support the Foundation and continue Mr. Combs’ legacy. Individuals can become a part of the Dream Circle with a gift of $100.00. Understand any donation, regardless of the amount, can do what Mr. Combs always sought to do… ignite a light of hope and possibility. Please consider a legacy donation and keep the spirit of Mr. Combs, Reggie, Uncle Reginald, Granddad…Dad alive.

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