On Sunday, March 20, the third annual “Dreamer Dinner” will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center to benefit I Have a Dream Foundation Los Angeles’ (IHADLA) ongoing efforts to provide educational support for local at-risk youth.

This year’s dinner will recognize the extraordinary contributions of Terence Carter (Executive Vice President Development & Programming at Fox), Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), and the Board of Directors of SHARE, Inc.

Melissa Peterman (“Baby Daddy,” “Reba”) will emcee the event. Empire’s Jussie Smollett will present.

IHADLA chooses entire classes of students (known as “Dreamers”) and supports them from early elementary school all the way through college – with financial support, afterschool tutoring, college preparation, field trips, and mental and social encouragement. Since 1987, IHADLA has worked directly with more than 1,000 students through 19 class sponsorships benefitting over 7,000 others including families, communities, and schools. IHADLA’s most recent sponsorship is a class of third graders in Boyle Heights. IHADLA is also currently sponsoring students at schools in Watts and Inglewood.

The philanthropic endeavors of Terence Carter and Wilmer Valderrama, along with the programming Terence has championed at FOX and Wilmer’s charitable commitments, make them outstanding honorees. SHARE, Inc. is an outstanding nonprofit philanthropic organization that raises funds for at-risk youth and children with disabilities. The vision of its Board of Directors has made a positive difference in the lives of Los Angeles youth.

IHADLA has just sponsored a new class of third graders in Boyle Heights; 40 of these ‘Dreamers’ will be at the event,” said Debra Fine, CEO of IHADLA. “This year’s benefit includes a live auction, where attendees can support the greatest needs on the spot at the event, like clothes, healthy snacks, books, or field trips. Contributions will also go a long way to support a new college assistance program, which includes an important mental health component.”

Find out more about the event here.

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