Broward College American Dream Summit Brings Together Donors, Students

Debra Van Horn, Chad Van Horn

The Broward College Foundation hosted a thank-you luncheon for Broward College donors and an afternoon professional development conference for students at its American Dream Summit last week.

Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Broward College Interim Dean Lulrick Balzora

“The American Dream is the ideal that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative,” said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile at the luncheon.  “When I became president, I made a commitment that Broward College was not just in our community … it is of our community … it is for our community.”

American Dream Summit speaker and Broward College Foundation Board Member Barrington Irving

The approximately 300 community stakeholders in attendance at the American Dream Summit, chaired by Jean Seaver, Broward College Foundation Board Member and Broward Health AVP for Learning and Development, included Broward College students, donors, faculty and staff.  The luncheon featured speakers Captain Barrington Irving, a Broward College distinguished alumnus who holds two Guinness World Records, and Ginger Martin, CEO of American National Bank, who climbs mountains to raise funds and awareness for human trafficking.

Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Broward College Vice President for Advancement and Broward College Foundation Executive Director, with Diane Reeves, Sherlye Kinker, Lou and May Jean Wolfe

“Ginger is one of our community’s most respected CEOs in the field of banking … and she’s well known as a champion for those who have endured unfathomable circumstances,” said Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Broward College Vice President for Advancement and Broward College Foundation Executive Director.  “She knows education is a gift no one can ever take away … it’s a gift that opens doors to prosperity … and it’s often the ticket out of an oppressive situation.”

American National Bank was the Dream Presenting Sponsor of the American Dream Summit.  Other sponsors were GEICO, Broward Health, Signature Grand and DW Consulting Solutions.

About the Broward College Foundation

The Broward College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the officially designated means of making private, charitable contributions to Broward College.  Its purpose is to change lives through education by providing community awareness, advocacy and funding to the College.  Members of the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors work closely with the College’s Office of Advancement to raise money to support scholarships, academic programs and learning facility enhancements.  They believe every person who is determined to change their life through the pursuit of higher education should be afforded that opportunity.  For more information, visit or call 954-201-7414.