The fun-filled celebratory evening will include an inspiring new performance by The River's Performance Troupe as well as dinner and a live and silent auction. The "Dream Out Loud" Celebration benefits the River Performing and Visual Arts Center, which provides children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of the arts through inclusive classes, camps and workshops.
This year's event will include a Sammy Award, named after The River founders' daughter Samantha. The River was founded by Cathy and Bob Binstock because Samantha was denied access to dance lessons due to her disability. They decided to provide an inclusive arts program for children regardless of physical ability.
This award recognizes individuals dedicated to serving, supporting or advocating for individuals with disabilities. This year's recipient of the Sammy Award is Lauren Potter. Potter plays the sassy cheerleader Becky Jackson on Glee. She also is an anti-bullying advocate and has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.