For some students, the dream of a college education can be imperiled by an unforeseen emergency or financial hardship. To help its students realize their dreams of a college education, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be hosting Give the Dream, a series of fundraising events throughout East County on Saturday, March 16. The funds raised will be used for Dreamkeepers®, a program that makes emergency grants to students facing unexpected financial hardships.
This fundraising extravaganza will bring together the East County community in support of helping students reach their educational goals in a fun and celebratory environment. Attendees can participate in a counting sheep contest for great prizes, enjoy live music from The Heroes (Grossmont Center only) and KPRI Radio Popup Bands, view eye-catching installations and interact with a dream interpreter (Grossmont Center only from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Donations will be accepted at the events and can also be made online at www.givethedream.net.
Dreamkeepers was created by Scholarship America®, a Minneapolis-based organization that has helped more than 2 million students follow their dream of achieving a college education. The Dreamkeepers program was created specifically for community colleges with the generous funding of the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the Walmart Foundation and the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation.
Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are two of only 43 community colleges around the nation selected to participate in the Dreamkeepers program. Since 2010, nearly $100,000 has been granted to 280 Grossmont and Cuyamaca students. Students facing an emergency receive not only financial assistance, but resources to help them build their money-management skills.
Give the Dream is sponsored locally by Wells Fargo and the Jerry Lester Foundation, with additional support from Walmart, Barona Resort & Casino, Grossmont Center, Sycuan Casino and California Coast Credit Union.
Give the Dream events are FREE and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
415 Parkway Plaza
El Cajon, CA 92020
Santee Trolley Square Center
9884 Mission Gorge Road
Santee, CA 92071
Additionally, on Thursday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., a Give the Dream fundraising extravaganza for faculty and students will be held on the Grossmont and Cuyamaca campuses.
For more information on Give the Dream events and how you can support the cause, please call the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges at (619) 644-7109 or visit www.givethedream.net.