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"Hang On to the Dream" - The Television Show "Hang On to the Dream Foundation"
Dr. James Leiman
(Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Missouri)
(Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah)
(Production Coordinator / Assistant to Mr. Ewing)
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[Macy*s Way To Shop] caruso caruso ["Hang On To The Dream"]Fall Fashion Show to benefit the"Hang On to the Dream Foundation" held at the Henry Ford EstateWednesday November 17, 2004Fashion Show Benefit Was A Great Success!There was great food, great entertainment and great surprises at the "Hang On to the Dream Fall Fashion Show" held at the 56-room Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, Michigan on November 17, 2004. Young area models sported the latest fashions from Macy's, Limited Too, Kohl's, Caruso Caruso and Oi Lily, and guests were treated to entertainment by cellist Carly Champion and violinist Emily Hudock, as well as dance performances by dancers from the Mary Skiba School of Dance. One of the highlights of the evening was when one of the models, 17 year old Tyson Allen-Troup, who has undergone 121 operations due to a brain disorder, saw 2 of his biggest dreams come true due to the efforts of the Hang On to the Dream Foundation and its founder, Christopher Ewing. An ambush by bullies a year ago left Tyson with missing teeth. Unable to afford to have them replaced, Christopher surprised Tyson with the news that Dr. Michael Reich ofGarden City, MI will replace his teeth free of charge. Tyson was also surprised when Christopher told him that his dream of attending Schoolcraft College's culinary arts program was going to be a reality when the school's director personally presented Tyson with his own monogrammed chef's uniform and a scholarship to one of the school's programs. Portions of the surprise were aired "Live" on television from the estate. "Click" below to view the news story. The Hang On to the Dream Foundationwould like to thank the following models, dancers & musiciansfor contributing their outstanding talents to this event:MusiciansCarly Champion - celloEmily Hudock - violinModelsprovided by John Casablancas Modeling School in Sterling Heights, MI: caruso carusoMollie FranklinKristen MarzoniChad Thompson Natasha KrupaSarah Robertson Nichelle ParhamMaddie BenisattoZak VollerTyson Allen-TroupMatthew BelansAlexis ForrisLaura SerpettiKierston Dill [Macy*s Way To Shop]Cindy KissTara MannShawn JacksonRandi LandChris VanWashenova Kyla CanoTatyana ValdovinosToni SmithDori ScottKelly McGraw Lindsey AndersonDevon Anderson Dancersprovided byMary Skiba School of Dance in Clinton Twp, MIJr. Team:Alyssa Buss, Alyssa Hindman, Alyssa Iselli, Rebecca Abbott, Jessica Maas, Jessica Lynnes, Sarah Kelly, Samantha Tortomasi, Amber Klaus, Irene Vandenberghe Sr. Team:Rachel Abbott, Ashley Krause, Ashley Harrison, Chelsea Schatzberg, Nicole Hatcher, Jessica Schmeltz, Gina Mendola, Autumn Pietraszewski, Lisa D'Addario, Andrea Sciuto, Alisha Balcerowiak, Brianna Balcerowiak,Soloists:Shannon DeBusscher and Kelli McCarthiTeam Directors: Mary SkibaStacey SkibaBrianne DelBene A special thanks goes out to everyonewho made the event a success!To view the news segment on the event, "click below".[You must have Windows Media Player to view the clip][BACK TO HOME]
Courageous Young Ice Skater ReceivesNational Honor and Key To The City (Photo from left: Sharon Orton, Hang On to the Dream Foundation president Christopher Ewing, Stephanie, Former Council Bluffs, Iowa Mayor Tom Hanafan) VIDEO CLIP Stephanie Orton of Council Bluffs, Iowa was just 7 years old when she was hospitalized with 2nd and 3rd degree burns suffered while in the care of her drug addicted parents. The court got involved and her parents eventually lost custody of Stephanie due to their constant drug abuse. After 9 months in foster care, Stephanie was adopted by her maternal grandmother who enrolled her in ice skating lessons in an effort to help take her mind off of all that she had been through. Now, 5 years later, Stephanie has excelled greatly in her skating, however the finances needed to continue skating have been hard for her grandmother to afford. On Thursday, August 3, Stephanie was informed by Hang On to the Dream Foundation president Christopher Ewing that his organization has found a sponsor who is going to cover all of the costs of her skating lessons during a presentation ceremony held at the Council Bluffs City Hall. At the same time, Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan presented Stephanie with "The Key to the City" in recognition of her accomplishments and determination, becoming the youngest person in Council Bluffs history to receive the key. Stephanie applied for sponsorship at a Hang On to the Dream Foundation "Dream Search" event held recently in Omaha, Nebraska. "This is really cool," Stephanie said, "and it feels really nice to know that there is someone out there who cares about helping me with my skating." Stephanie is being sponsored by a family from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stephanie's grandmother and legal guardian, Sharon Orton, who has single-handedly been trying to afford Stephanie's skating expenses, while also trying to make ends at home meet at home, says that the sponsorship is a big help. "I am so happy right now that someone out there cares enough to help Stephanie. I thank them so much! I have always told Stephanie that if she just hung in there everything would work out, ...and now it has," Sharon said as her voice cracked and tears streamed down her face. "Stephanie is exactly what the Hang On to the Dream Foundation is all about and we are thrilled that a very generous sponsor will now go on and play a part in helping her reach her goals in life," Ewing says. The Hang On to the Dream Foundation is a national, non-profit organization, that helps kids all around the country reach their goals in life by providing them with needed items, opportunities and money in an effort to help make their dreams become a reality. The Hang On to the Dream Foundation is the first children's organization in the U.S. to establish a program where donors can personally choose the child, and the dream, that they wish to support.Kids between the ages of 8 and 17 years of age can apply for sponsorship to cover the cost of their activities. Interested donors can log on to www.hangontothedream.org to choose a child to sponsor. A very tearful Sharon Orton, and very happy Stephanie Orton, get a chance to say thank you to Stephanie's new sponsor via telephone from City Hall.(Photo credit: Jim Ferguson, Hang On to the Dream Foundation staff photographer) VIDEO CLIP"Click Here"to view a video clip of Stephanie in action![BACK TO HOME]
Application for the ["Hang On To The Dream"]Youth OrchestraIf you or someone you know is 17 and under and is an outstanding musician, let us know about them! They may be chosen to be a member of the "Hang On to the Dream" Youth Orchestra! The orchestra will play at venues all over the country. Auditions and practices will meet once a week in the metropolitan Detroit area.To apply for an audition, please fill out the form below: Child's NameAgeStreet AddressCityState/ProvinceZip/Postal CodeCountryHome PhoneE-mailWeb site Parent's NameDaytime PhoneCell PhoneE-mailWhat instrument do you or the child play? For how many years? Please tell us any additional information in the box below: Copyright 2005 HOTTDF Inc. All rights reserved.
Hang On to the Dream Theatre is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing access to the performing arts to children and young adults in the Los Angeles area. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages everyone to embrace their creative potential.
Our Open House Wednesday May 31, 2023, is an opportunity to meet our instructors, see our facilities and learn more about our program. We are located in the heart of Hollywood, and the event is free and open to all. We look forward to seeing you there