Oprah Winfrey Gives $1 Million to At-Risk Children

On Tuesday, May 24, Oprah Winfrey made dreams come true when she surprised Wintley Phipps, president and CEO of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc., with a $1 million check after speaking at the organization’s 4th annual “Power of A Dream” fundraising gala in Washington, DC. By the end of the evening, more than $1.8 million had been raised to support academic, enrichment and mentoring programs for at risk children.

More than 500 gala attendees including Sen. Orrin Hatch (event chair), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (honorary event chair), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Washington Wizards star Juan Dixon, Miss America 2005 Diedre Downs and Gospel Recording Artist Donnie McClurkin, applauded throughout the speech as Winfrey spoke about the importance of helping others through sharing of our time, talents and resources. She told the crowd that everyone cannot be famous however we all can be great when serving and investing in others.

“Oprah understands the power of dreams and how having them can positively alter a person’s journey,” said Phipps. “We were thrilled and honored to have her spend the evening with us and words can’t describe the impact that her generosity had on those of us at the gala and the children who will benefit from her kindness.”

Dr. Dorothy Height, chairman emerita, National Council of Negro Women; George E. Johnson, founder and retired chairman, Johnson Products Company, Inc., and Harris Rosen, president, Rosen Hotels and Resorts received the President’s Award for their leadership and service to communities around the world while Marilyn McCoo and Bill Davis, Jr., husband and wife team and Grammy Award winning performers, and NBA star Juan Dixon received the Legacy Award for overcoming great obstacles to achieve success.

Via PRNewswire

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