If you haven’t heard about the “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles, you should check it out. The foundation provides long-term support to children and youth living in under-resourced communities in Los Angles to achieve their full potential, by promoting values of higher education and career success from an early age, with opportunity guaranteed through financial resources, and other services.

Recently, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles held its 6th Annual Dreamer Dinner at The Skirball Cultural Center. Reel Talker was on hand to provide coverage and speak to the celebrity guests and supporters of the foundation. Among them, Oscar winner Regina King and Los Angles Rams star Andrew Whitworth.


This was a fantastic event with a great cause. Some big stars showed up and had a big part in the event. Actress Heather Graham was a presenter, Jon Huertas (NBC’s “This Is Us”) was one of the honorees. The access to the guests was great. I had a chance to speak to everyone that was made available.

Regina was fantastic. For someone that just won an Oscar, I found her to be a pretty grounded individual. I enjoyed speaking to her. I was excited to talk to Andrew also, being a big football and Rams fan this was a treat. I’ve heard numerous stories about Andrew being one of the most charitable and community leaders in the NFL. This was reinforced after speaking to him. He’s a true good guy athlete that deeply cares about the community and giving back to it.

Tanya Saracho was cool and fun. Very personable. Enjoyed hearing her story and inspiration for her show Starz’s “Vida”. The star of the show Mishel Prada stopped by to talk to me and we had fun talking about her name. Melissa Peterman is the ideal host for this event and seemed happy to be there.

Lots of people showed up to the dinner benefit and bid on items. It’s a great foundation that really makes a difference in youth and gives them opportunities to achieve their dreams. The coolest thing about it is that it doesn’t just support the kids for a short period, the foundation is with them from the start of their educational journey of 12+ years.

For more information on IHADLA, visit www.ihadla.org


Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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