Local group helps at-risk children with free performing and visual arts classes


WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — DREAMS of Wilmington invites everyone to mark your calendars for October 13, 2012, when their annual gala, DREAMS Presents: Let’s Get It Started!, will be held at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. DREAMS is an organization that builds creative, productive citizens one at-risk child at a time through high-quality, free of charge classes in the literary, performing and visual arts. The evening will begin at 6 pm and will include dining, an art gallery, student performances and visual art exhibits, a live auction, and dance party.

“Everything about the evening will be fun and inspirational,” said Tracy Wilkes, Founder and Executive Director. “Our kids are absolutely amazing, and their performances always bring the house down.”
DREAMS’ teaching artists are among the best in the region, and they’ve graciously agreed to offer some of their best work at a reasonable price. Proceeds from the art sale will be shared evenly between the artists and DREAMS. There will be a delectable buffet dinner, impeccable wine and decadent dessert. The live auction will feature some exciting surprises, and they’ll cap off the evening on the dance floor.

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There are still sponsorship opportunities available. For information please call Kim Gargiulo, DREAMS board member, at 910.962.2587. Individual tickets are $75. Level 2 tickets are available for $35, where you can join the festivities at 7:30 for dessert and the rest of the evening. Reservations may be made by calling DREAMS at 772-1501.

Founded in 1996, DREAMS of Wilmington is a 2007 winner of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ Coming Up Taller Award, the nation’s highest honor for after school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs, and a 2012 winner of UNCW’s Razor Walker Award for distinguished service to youth. DREAMS provides programming each year to more than 800 young people, and employs more than 20 teaching artists who share the vision of a world where every child has the right to self-expression and the opportunity to create a life filled with promise and hope. For more information please visit dreamswilmington.org.


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