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Every day Find A Dream works through programs, mentor opportunities and healthy activities to get and keep kids off the street and involved in becoming valuable members of our society.
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9/11/2016

Upcoming Golf Event! Stay Tuned for Details.

May 1st-2nd 2015:

Find A Dream – St. Simons Island Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Event hosted by Sea Palms Resort.
The legendary Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia is hosting the much anticipated Find a Dream Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Classic May 1 – 2. Featuring nine holes of golf on Friday and a Celebrity infused Pairing Party and ION Purple Carpet on Friday Evening with a Silent Auction. Saturday is the Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, brought to you by iHeart Media.Saturday Night will be an eight hour Broadcast, including the  Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight with food and drinks. Stay tuned right here for more or sign-up your foursome now!
Hurry and contact Rod Ricciardi @ 205.249.6014 before this great event for residents and visitors alike sells out. There is still an opportunity to sponsor a tee and connect with this powerful group of Dream Enablers.

If you really want to make a difference,  join us on May 1 for 9 holes of golf – with a 11:00 tee time, with our not to be missed Sea Palms Pairing Party at 6:00, featuring great food & libation,  the ION Purple Carpet and a Silent Auction with highly unique, one of a kind items. At the party, you’ll be able to visit with all the celebrities and athletes you’ll be playing with the next day! You can also spend the night.On May 2, the Celebrity Pro/Am tee time is 9:30, which features a scramble and a nominal $150.00 donation per golfer.

Hurry and contact Rod Ricciardi @ 205.249.6014 before this great event for residents and visitors alike sells out. Later, we will gather at Sal’s to watch the anticipated fight.

This Find a Dream Special event is hosted by the legendary Sea Palms Resort, located at 5445 Frederica Road SSI in Georgia. They can be contacted at 912.638.3351.Special thanks to iHeart Media and ION Sports,the Network of Champions, for their growing National support of Find a Dream and its mission.


TAMPA, FL (January 26, 2015) – Annual Find A Dream All-Star Golf Event – Hosted By Tampa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday,  March 14 at the TPC Tampa Bay Golf Resort. The tournament headlines a star-studded weekend of golf, soccer, and social events featuring a massive celebrity ensemble.FAD Celebrity Guest List:Boxing Legends: Ray Mercer, Michael Moorer, Bobby Czyz, Gerry Cooney, James “Bone Crusher” Smith, Sal “Rocky” Cenicola.Football Legends: Lawrence Taylor(Giants), Brian Kelly(Giants), Clinton Portis(Broncos/Redskins), Antonio Pierce(Giants), Plexico Burress(Giants), Fred Baxter(Jets/Bears/Saints), Jevon Kearse(Titans), Channing Crowder(Dolphins), Tim Hightower(Saints), Bryan Braman(Eagles), Tony Siragusa(Colts/Ravens), Davon Morgan(Jets/Eagles/Saints), Pete Hunter(Cowboys), Deveren Johnson(Cowboys), Laveranues Coles(Jets/Redskins/Bengals), John Abraham(Jets),MMA Legends: Eddie Alvarez and Rashad Evans.Matt Driver (First Team Coach Major League Soccer – New England Revolution – WPS Head Coach / GM Philadelphia Independence – USL South Jersey Barons Tech Dir and HC – ASL Philadelphia Fury HC and CEO American Soccer League).
Dan Trainor (American Soccer League Commissioner, Former Commissioner of NPSL)
Rob Smith (VP of Player Development for the Philadelphia Union MLS),
Chris Vaccarro (HC Philadelphia Union, Former Puerto Rican National Team Coach and Player).All proceeds reigned in at this event will go directly towards funding FAD programs that target inner-city youths through sports. Programming includes football, boxing, martial arts, and soccer programs run by FAD volunteers that include Olympic Gold Medalists and World Champions.These role models work with kids to improve their sport skills and life skills as well as serve as role models. Many of these champions grew up in similar socioeconomic circumstances and managed to steer clear of distractions and climbed the ranks to the top of their respective sports.Please visit www.FindADream.org for more information about Find A Dream, their programming, and golf event.red-donate-buttonRay Mercer, Michael Moorer and Bobby Czyz will represent Find a Dream at the Los Angeles Feast of San Gennaro. Come out September 27th – 29th and meet them in person!Links to articles:Eastside Boxing
RingNews24.com
Pinoy Greats
Fight News Unlimited
Philboxing.com
Michael Moorer on Manny Steward’s death, fighting Cooper, Foreman and Holyfield and his legacy – 11/06/2012• LiveFight.comFIND A DREAM to host Boxing Legends Events in Myrtle Beach – 10/25/2012
• GrandStrandHappening.com 
Michael Moorer talks about his career, training Ryan Coyne and Find A Dream – 10/25/2012
• boxingnews24.com 
Former WBO heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer on career and Holyfield rematch – 10/25/2012
• LiveFight.com 
FIND A DREAM To Host Boxing Legends Events in Myrtle Beach, SC On November 2nd – 10/15/12
• Pub Memo
• Boston.com
• PRLog
• One News Page
• PR Buzz
• Optimum 
Find a Dream’s Michael Moorer Training Fighters for Upcoming Title Bouts – 10/10/2012
• Benzinga.com
• PR.com
• StreetIQ.com
• Ramberg-Media.com
• i-Newswire.com 
Former World Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer, Find A Dream’s Director, Heading To London – 10/04/2012
• i-Newswire.com
• londonthenews.com 
Bobby Czyz Radio Interview on Fight News Unlimited – 09/20/2012
• Fight Radio.Info 
Find A Dream Board Member And 4-Time World Champion Michael Moorer To Throw First Pitch At Pirates Game – 09/19/2012
• CBS.com
• Boston.com
• SFGATE.com
• ABC30.com
• Ezanga.com
• Kaite8.com
• WalstreetSelect.com
• DailyHerald.com
• Kcautv.com
• KCBD.com
• NewsChannel10.com
• NewsChannel5.com
• WECT.com 
Find A Dream To Host Meet And Greet For Boxing Champions At Renowned Giovannis In Malibu – 09/08/2012
• Boston.com
• KCAUTV.com
• ABC30.com
• Dispatch.com
• Cincinnati.com
• NewsChannel10.com
• NewsChannel5.com 
Buddy McGirt Radio Interview on “Tha Pugilist Korner” – 09/05/2012
* Tha Pugilist Korner 
Michael Moorer Radio Interview on Fight News Unlimited – 08/31/2012
* FightRadio.info 
Former World Champ And Renowned Trainer Buddy McGirt Joins FAD – 08/30/2012
* USA Today
* Examiner.com
* BoxingNews.com
* i-Newswire.com
* PhilBoxing.com
* SaddoBoxing.com
* SportPull.com
* BoxingRingSideTickets.com 
WPDE News Channel 15 Carolina Spotlight: Find A Dream – 08/28/2012
* CarolinaLive.com 
Find A Dream Partners With ResorTime.com – 08/27/2012
* PRWeb.com
* RR.com
* TopNewsToday.org
* SiloBreaker.com
* Hotel Online
* ResorTime.com 
Like’ Find A Dream On Facebook For A Chance To Win Signed Boxing Memorabilia – 08/20/2012
* Fight News Unlimited
* Find A Dream on Facebook 
Gotham City Films to Host Celebrity Fundraiser for Find A Dream – 08/18/2012
* Pr.com
* Boxing News 24
* Ring Side Report
* PhilBoxing.com
* 8CountNews.com
* Leave It In The Ring Radio
* DOGHOUSEBOXING.com 
Find A Dream Featured on Myrtle Beach’s ABC 15 – 08/16/2012
* Pr.com
* PRLOG 
Boxing Great (Michael Moorer) Helps Kids Go For Their Dreams – 08/16/2012* ESNEWSHolyfield and Mercer to Battle in February 2013 Exhibition Match – 08/08/2012
* ESPN Boxing Blog
* East Side Boxing
* Boxing News 24
* Ring Side Report
* PhilBoxing.com
* 8CountNews.com
* Leave It In The Ring Radio
* DOGHOUSEBOXING.com 
Interview with Ray Mercer – “It’s Just a Different Breed of Fighters” – 08/01/2012
* Fight Hype 
Find A Dream Joins Forces With One Punch Fitness – 7/28/2012
* Examiner.com
* SaddoBoxing.com
* PhilBoxing.com
* WhatIsCardio.info 
Ray Mercer talks MMA, winning 88′ Olympic gold and Find A Dream – 7/17/2012
* BoxingNews24.com
* Eastsideboxing.com 
Find A Dream’s Stars Invited As VIP Guests To ESPN’s Friday Night Fights – 7/09/2012
* BoxingNews24.com
* Examiner.com 
Camacho Jr. stops Charles in 1st round – 6/24/2012
* BoxingNews24.com
* PhilBoxing.com
* Examiner.com
* MySanAntonio.com
* FrontRowFights.com
* Sosoboxing.com – Full Fight
Hector Camacho Jr. Looks To Begin Title Run Saturday Night – 6/6/2012* BoxingNews24.com* Eastsideboxing.com* PhilBoxing.com* BoxingRingSideTickets.com
Find A Dream’s Ray Mercer and Bobby Czyz Make Big Impact At All Star Boxing Legends Gala – 6/6/2012* BoxingInLasVegas.com* BoxingNews24.com* Eastsideboxing.com* Saddoboxing.com
Find A Dream All Starts to Attend All Star Boxing Legends Gala in Atlantic City – 5/30/2012* Examiner* PhilBoxing.com
Former Heavyweight Champ Ray Mercer Looks To Help Youth At Find A Dream – 5/21/2012* The Sweet Science* MMAWorld.info* boxingringsidetickets.com* BoxingNews24.com* Examiner* SILObreaker* Right Cross Entertainment* MMAWorld.info
Find A Dream Fundraiser at House Of Blues Featuring Weaving The Fate – 4/27/2012* Live 5 News
Find A Dream Raises Money to Secure New Facility to Benefit Young Adults* Newsblaze.com – 12/16/2011 Don Steele and Ray Mercer on CelebDirtyLaundry.com talking about Find A Dream – 12/16/2011
Don Steele Joins Find A Dream. – 12/2/2011PhilBoxing.com* Examiner.com* Fight News Unlimited* NIUZER.com* Topix* Article WN
Listen for our radio spots on Quantum Radio in South Carolina! – 12/2/2011
Resorts Hotel in Atlantic City agrees to host benefit shows for Find a Dream in 2012! – 12/2/2011
House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach partners with Find A Dream for two benefit shows in 2012! – 12/2/2011
Find A Dream will be holding a telethon on the ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach S.C. Saturday Dec. 17th & Sunday December 18th at 1pm. – 12/2/2011
WWMB will be showing “Homeless For The Holidays” Saturday December 17th at 1pm while WPDE will be showing “Homeless For The Holidays” Sunday December 18th at 1pm. Tune in and support Find A Dream!
Find A Dream is Expanding to South Carolina!
We have the opportunity to open an 8,000 s.f. Training and Development Space in Myrtle Beach S.C. – we need your donations to make this happen!! Ed Berinobis will be running the youth program and we have partnered with major athletic companies to provide gear for the kids!
12-2-2011 
Boxers Mercer and Camacho on the Grand Strand – 8/23/11
MMA EXPO! September 24th 2011, Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel & Find A Dream present… Hector Camacho Jr. Looks to Avenge Father’s Loss to Saul Duran April 8* BoxingScene.com
Louis Mandylor Talks About Find A Dream* Unsigned The Magazine
“Merciless” Ray Mercer Joins Find A Dream* Pro Boxing Fans* Article WN* BoxingNews24.com* Examiner* MMAWorld.info* The Sweet Science* MMAWorld.info
3-Time Boxing World Champion Bobby Czyz Joins Find A Dream* Boxing News 24* Wrestling TV* Ring News 24
Illustrator and Designer Michael Brown Joins Find A Dream* PR Log
Hector Camacho Jr Interview on Beyond Ringside 2/6/2011 Hector talks about upcoming fights, growing up in New York, his career and involvement with Find A Dream.
Actor Quinton Aaron Joins Find A Dream Team. 2/2/2011* Look To The Stars* Tree Hugger* Dallas News* IMDB* 1888 Press Release* Pr.com* PRLogCelebrity
Trainer Rob Garcia Joins Find A Dream.
1/27/2011
* PRLog Press Release* Boxing News 24* Eastside Boxing* Pr.com* I-Newswire* American Consumer News* Saddo Boxing * Article.wn
Find A Dream Fighters Going to Battle This Weekend at World War Fighting Championships. 1/21/2011* Pr.com
MMA Legend Dan Severn Joins Find A Dream. 1/15/2011• Examiner.com* PrLog Press Release* World News* Beyond Ringside
Hector Camacho Jr. Joins Find A Dream. 1/11/2011<
• Boxing News 24
• Eastside Boxing News* Wrestling-TV
Eric Martinez named National Speaker for Find A Dream. 1/10/2011• PRLog.org* inewswire.com* silobreaker.com * 1888pressrelease.com* Hispanic PR Blog
Find A Dream Announces All-Star Board of Directors and Supporting Team. 01/03/11* PRLog.com* Jersey City MMA Examiner* i-newswire.com* mynewsdesk.com

To kickoff the 2011 year…Find A Dream – an organization that reaches out to community children and provides them a healthy channel to find and work towards fulfilling a dream – has put together an All Star Board of Directors and supporting team comprised of athletes, actors, and a variety of diverse personnel to effectively enhance their rate of success with kids across the country.“We at Find A Dream focus on shaping and redirecting the lives of youths and young adults of every socio-economic background, and is founded on the belief that personal and social changes come about when we work as a team,” says Rod Ricciardi, Co-Founder and Board Member of Find A Dream. “We believe that strengthening a community is accomplished by reaching out to our youth and neighbors, and every day we work side-by-side with our community to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”Other members of the supporting team at Find A Dream include, but are not limited to: Hector Camacho Jr., “Merciless” Ray Mercer, Quinton Aaron, Rob Garcia, Bruce Daniels, Dr. David Lemak, Louis Mandylor, Eric Martinez and Bobby Cyzy. Each member of Find A Dream comes from a diverse background and brings to the table invaluable experience and determination to help make a difference in communities throughout America.“As we put the Find A Dream beliefs into practice every day through the programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body in the youths around us,” says Ricciardi. “Our impact is felt every time an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.” ?In 2011 Find A Dream is striving to continue to expand and impact the lives of children throughout various communities. Find A Dream plans to spread their word through boxing and MMA events, car shows, cook-offs, concerts and more in hopes of reaching out to communities and bringing awareness of the necessity to work towards enriching the lives of our youths.“If we at Find A Dream change the life of just one kid, then we are successful,” says Ricciardi. “But we are on a mission to change the lives of as many kids around the country as possible, and help each and every one of them find and reach their own dreams.Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization unlike any other. We have partnered with professionals to deliver on our promise of positive change in young lives. Our communities become stronger when our youth is mentored through people of character with a true interest in pouring constructive, character-building activities and input into their lives.To learn more about Find A Dream or become a sponsor or volunteer, visit http://www.findadream.org. Barmuda takes part in “Find A Dream”. 09/27/2010Interview By: Markita Currie – The Northern Iowan

Find A Dream and Barmuda partnered together to host a Thunder Promotions concert, “The Calm Before the Storm,” and a Mixed Martial Arts event. National Cattle Congress.Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization that is trying to improve local communities. Their mission is to attain a safe and supportive environment for youth and young adults of diverse social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. They are trying to raise self-esteem and scholastic levels through after-school study areas, computer labs, mixed martial arts, boxing, cardiovascular exercise and techniques on discipline. Barmuda decided to join forces with this organization in order to give back to the community.“Barmuda cares about children, especially disadvantaged youth, and we believe the mixed martial arts program can serve as a positive influence on children who need it,” said Barmuda Companies owner Darin Beck.According to Beck, Barmuda has a long line of diverse restaurants and local “hot spots,” so they decided to give something more to the community. By joining forces with Find A Dream and Thunder Promotions, they hope to provide opportunities for the people of Cedar Falls, Waterloo and surrounding communities.“Barmuda cares about children, and when times get tough in family situations, there needs to be more organizations like Find A Dream who are there for us and kids who are less fortunate,” says Lori McConville, secretary and board member of Barmuda.More than 1,000 free tickets were given to families, and many others were sold. For information on future events, visit Find A Dream’s website, www.findadream.org.Barmuda takes part in “Find A Dream”. 09/27/2010 Interview By: Markita Currie

Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization that is trying to improve local communities. Their mission is to attain a safe and supportive environment for youth and young adults of diverse social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. They are trying to raise self-esteem and scholastic levels through after-school study areas, computer labs, mixed martial arts, boxing, cardiovascular exercise and techniques on discipline. Barmuda decided to join forces with this organization in order to give back to the community.“Barmuda cares about children, especially disadvantaged youth, and we believe the mixed martial arts program can serve as a positive influence on children who need it,” said Barmuda Companies owner Darin Beck.According to Beck, Barmuda has a long line of diverse restaurants and local “hot spots,” so they decided to give something more to the community. By joining forces with Find A Dream and Thunder Promotions, they hope to provide opportunities for the people of Cedar Falls, Waterloo and surrounding communities.“Barmuda cares about children, and when times get tough in family situations, there needs to be more organizations like Find A Dream who are there for us and kids who are less fortunate,” says Lori McConville, secretary and board member of Barmuda.More than 1,000 free tickets were given to families, and many others were sold. For information on future events, visit Find A Dream’s website.Louis Mandylor Joins Find A Dream Interview By: Mut Asheru Listen to Podcast

Louis Mandylor (actor/director/producer) is probably best known for his part as Nick Portokalos in the indie hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding but we’re sure you’ve caught him in dozens of other films and tv shows such as CSI Miami, CSI NY, Relic Hunter and Grace Under Fire to name few.A man after our own hearts he’s big into indie film and is actively producing projects under his own production company Krakatau Films. He recently picked up Best Actor honors at the Hoboken International Film Festival for his film In the Eyes of a Killer for which he served two roles as actor and director. The film was produced by his company Krakatau Films and also won Best Picture at the 2009 Sacramento International Film Festival.Having boxed professionally and been a Muy Thai fighter in the past Mandylor understandably knows the importance of health. He is part of an organization called ‘Find A Dream’ that aims to keep kids of all socio-economic backgrounds off the streets through physical activity.He has a number of projects in various stages of production, one of which is the comic book based feature called *Elwood. Written by Peter Lancett, the surprise here is that the comic book and story concept is by Mandylor himself.Other films produced by the company include festival favs Gerald a comedy about a child trapped in an adults body and thriller The Cursed.We got a chance to speak with Mandylor and he happily shared what’s going on in his professional world.For More Info Visit:www.louismandylor.comwww.krakataufilms.com

ABOUT: Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization unlike any other. We have partnered with professionals to deliver on our promise of positive change in young lives. Our communities become stronger when our youth is mentored through people of character with a true interest in pouring constructive, character-building activities and input into their lives. The Power in Our Hands As we put the Find A Dream beliefs into practice every day through the programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body in the youths around us, our impact is felt every time an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. More information is available at http//:www.FindADream.org.

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