This foundation was initially formed to improve the lives of the children of the Westmoreland community through sports. The founder Garold Hamilton and Al Pilliner formed the organization in 2007 and was using their resources to sponsor the Westmoreland Under 17 Football tournaments in conjunction with the Westmoreland Football Association. In 2014, Garold decided to formalize the foundation and applied for nonprofit status in Maryland where he resides. In December of 2015, the Dream to Reality Foundation was officially approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a registered 501 (c) (3) organization. Using this donation vehicle, we started to solicit charitable contributions to fund soccer tournaments, provide aid to Savanna La Mar Hospital, provide food and school supplies to kids in the community, and provide sports equipment and money for Manning’s High School football team (our alma-mater). We have realized that most of the children in the community face many challenges, including poverty, lack of self-discipline, and lack of structure in their lives. The aim of the organization is to empower youth from the Westmoreland Community to help them strive for better, to be better individuals, and better citizens. We provide mentorship to the children through individual consultations to help them understand the benefits of obtaining a good education.
How We Started
The foundation has started several community activities with the mission of reuniting the community of Savanna La Mar and by extension the parish of Westmoreland. They have been conducting various mentorship and motivational sessions for the youths of the community. The leadership team also serves as guest speakers at several school events globally. They conduct a yearly empowerment event for the youths in the parish of Westmoreland, titled, “I Dear to Dream’.