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Most Successful Corks for College to Date!

This fall will mark four years since we launched the Dreamer Academy at Findley Elementary School. On June 13, more than 125 of our closest friends and supporters gathered to celebrate our Dreamer Academy scholars at our 4th Annual Corks for College event, held atop the terrace at the State Historical Building.

This year's event was our most successful to date, raising money for Dreamer Academy programming, college savings account milestones, and college and career readiness activities. Our silent auction featured Little Free Libraries built by Next Level Builders and decorated by local artists, as well as amazing packages like vacations to Vegas and local music and art festivals.

Guests enjoyed hosted wine, beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres while listening to the music of local singer and songwriter, Chad Elliott. Christopher Maharry captured the magic of the evening with his camera, and pictures can be viewed here.

The event would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our amazing committee chaired by Erin Bemis, Peri Montufar, and Laura Palmer.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our work, and to our incredible sponsors who donated everything from time and money to drinks and dessert:


We recognize the transformational impact incremental changes can make on a student’s life. Partnering with entire schools, we work to increase high school graduation and postsecondary readiness rates while engaging community partnerships to uplift students, families, and whole neighborhoods.


mailing: PO Box 41070

Des Moines, IA 50311




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