7th Annual Central Florida Dreamplex Gala
October 26th, 2019
The Central Florida Dreamplex’s annual Gala
celebrating inspirational participants, athletes, advocates, and heroes.
Samuel J. Comroe, a Los Angeles native, is a stand-up comedian who performs at over 100 clubs and colleges annually. He made his TV debut on TBS’ Conan, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart and he’s a contestant on the current season of America’s Got Talent. In addition to his TV appearances Sam was recently featured on All Def Digital’s Comedy Originals. He is also the winner of Ricky Gervais’ Comedy Competition, The San Francisco Comedy Competition, and has over 40,000 subscribers on his Youtube Channel. His comedy is made up of the trials and tribulations of living with Tourettes Syndrome since being diagnosed at age six and observational material based on his life experiences.
Born with StarGardt’s Disease, a rare retinal disorder, Kevin Brousard has been blind since birth. The target of bullying and ridicule as a child, he found an outlet through the world of adaptive sports. In track and field, Brousard has amassed 3 world titles, 3 Pan American titles and the US Paralympic record in the discus. He currently trains in the sport of judo at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, with hopes of representing Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sports, Brousard works as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the United States Association of Blind Athletes, a member organization of the US Olympic Committee. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the University of La Verne, Brousard speaks to audiences on a wide range of topics, including anti-bullying tactics, suicide prevention, overcoming adversity and goal-setting.
Michaela McLean, Miss Florida 2019, is a passionate advocate for her social impact initiative, “Brave & Beautiful: Breaking Free from Behind the Screen”. As a leader, team member, and older sister, Michaela has personally interacted with young women all over the world and is well acquainted with the struggles they face. She recognizes the addictive misuse of social media by young women today as an escalating mental health crisis that breeds social anxiety, depression, negative body image and isolation. Her three-pronged approach to promoting young women’s social media literacy is to create positive, purpose-driven media, educate young women through a statewide curriculum teaching transformational strategies on establishing and maintaining healthy habits, and advocate for legislation that implements female-centric programs and funding of advisory councils to facilitate meaningful conversations resulting in positive mental health and productive lifestyles. She empowers young women through The Brave & Beautiful Experience, an all-girls gathering that is a creative blend of heartfelt testimony, talented performances, and relevant teaching from a credible team of speakers and performers. To date, Michaela’s message has reached thousands in multiple nations from orphanages, to all-girls schools, churches, and sorority houses.
Black Tie Optional
We invite you to join us on October 26th, 2019 for an evening of inspiration. You’ll be overcome with excitement and emotion as you hear the inspirational stories of athletes accomplishing their dreams. We will recognize and celebrate those who inspire us to help turn dreams into reality for those with disabilities.
- 5:30 PM COCKTAIL HOUR & SILENT AUCTION
- 7:00 PM DINNER, PROGRAM, & LIVE AUCTION
Last year’s event attracted over 450 influential business professionals, community leaders, and philanthropic donors who understand and believe in strengthening the community by serving people of all abilities.
To provide inclusion and hope through sports, fitness, and recreational opportunities designed specifically for those with disabilities.
People of all ages, backgrounds, and groups with physical impairments, developmental delays, and other special needs are participating in services offered at the Central Florida Dreamplex. Hope is being restored.
- Over 400 individuals participate in therapy, classes, and sports programs every month
- 100 individuals with disabilities and their families participate in soccer, basketball, and football clinics
- 300 individuals with disabilities participate in therapy every month
- 75 individuals with disabilities participate in recreational classes each week
The Central Florida Dreamplex will be expanding by location, in who we serve, and what we can provide. Pediatrics, geriatrics, veterans, typical, atypical, individuals, families – all will be brought together to enjoy recreational activities, alternative therapy, and adaptive sports. Basketball, hockey, gymnastics, aquatics, track-and-field – the opportunities are endless.
Local and national groups are coming together to unite our community and bring hope to thousands of individuals who, at times, feel forgotten.
Help build the dream.
YOUR SUPPORT TURNS DREAMS INTO REALITY
• Four Months of After School DreamCare for an Extraordinary Child
• One Year of Recreational Membership for TWO Extraordinary Children
• Three Hours of Ice Time for Sled Hockey Team
• Five Hours of Court Time for Power Soccer and Basketball Teams
For questions about the 7th Annual Central Florida Dreamplex Gala, call 414.788.3342