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September 27






The Amber Room Colonnade

1 Stacey Rd.

Danbury, CT 06811



05:30 pm

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Danbury, CT - July 9, 2024—The New American Dream Foundation is proud to announce the distinguished honorees for the 10th Annual American Dream Awards Gala, a celebration of remarkable individuals who embody the spirit of the American Dream. Taking place at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, CT, on Friday, September 27, 2024, at 5:30 PM, this year's Gala promises to be unforgettable.

The theme for the 2024 Gala is "A night in Brazil in the USA," paying homage to the cultural heritage of the organization's founders while showcasing the strength and diversity of our community. The event will feature the American Dream Awards ceremony, a celebration of the community impact The New American Dream Foundation has had in the past 10 years, scholarships awarded to immigrant students, and an exciting live Samba School Show.

The 2024 honorees include:


Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Ana Paula Machado - Founding partner of the Center for Pediatric Medicine, Dr. Machado has been a pillar of compassionate care in the community specially to those whose first language is Portuguese. Her dedication to serving immigrant children in greater Danbury has earned her numerous accolades, including multiple Top Doc awards and recognition as The Leading Physician of the World.


Rising Star Award: Mayor Roberto Alves - Mayor Alves, the first Latino mayor in Danbury's history, has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to his community. Born to Brazilian and Portuguese immigrants, Mayor Alves's commitment to public service and community involvement sets an example for the next generation.


Community Hero Award: The Center for Empowerment and Education (CEE) - Formerly the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, CEE has been a vital support system for victims of domestic and sexual violence in the region. Its longstanding commitment to serving immigrants and empowering the community makes it a deserving recipient of this award.


American Dream Scholarship Award Recipients:

  • Anjel Granados, a first-generation Guatemalan American, overcame family and personal challenges and aspires to pursue business and entrepreneurship.

  • Lucilene Silva, an immigrant from Brazil, obtained an associate's degree in accounting and aims to become a Certified Public Accountant to inspire the immigrant community.

  • Diego Soto, a first-generation Mexican American, dreams of becoming a lawyer to advocate for others and plans to create a nonprofit organization to help undocumented citizens become legal.

  • Isabella Lima, a first-generation Brazilian American attending Western Connecticut University, works 40 hours a week while pursuing her college education and aspires to become a teacher.


These exceptional scholarship recipients have overcome significant challenges on their paths to success and embody the resilience and determination of the immigrant community. From aspiring entrepreneurs to future educators and advocates, these individuals showcase the boundless potential within our immigrant population.

"We warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding honorees and the collective impact of the American Dream Gala over the past decade," said Celia Bacelar-Palmares, President and Co-Founder of The New American Dream Foundation.

A Special Message from
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal


TNADF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2016 by the Bacelar-Palmares Family. It serves as the philanthropic branch of the Tribuna Newspaper, a trilingual publication founded by the family in 1999. The TNADF's mission is to celebrate, support, and inspire immigrants of all generations, committed to providing opportunities that enhance access to education, health, and civic engagement.


Tribuna Newspaper is a multilingual publication in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with the mission to build bridges and join cultures, by providing its readers with content that connects them with the communities where they live.


In the process of fulfilling that mission, Tribuna has come across compelling stories of immigrants, like its founder and publisher, Celia Bacelar Palmares, who migrated to the U.S from Brazil over twenty years ago and faced many challenges along her journey to achieve her American Dream.


On April 19, 2014, in celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Tribuna created the American Dream Awards Gala, an annual awards ceremony designed to recognize members

of the community who share in Tribuna’s founder’s story.


In 2016, the event's growth over the years sparked the creation of The New American Dream Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3).


To date, over $150,000 have been given in scholarships, awards and donations to the community through the event.


"The gala became an opportunity for all of us to
come together and go beyond highlighting the
cultural contributions of the immigrant community, and sincerely celebrate their determination in the pursuit of their American Dream above all else. The foundation is vehicle to create meaningful change for generations
of immigrants to come."
- Celia Bacelar Palmares


The success of this event will depend on the generosity of our community partners. Different sponsorship levels explained in detail below will help cover all the additional costs of the event such as awards, scholarships, and entertainment.


 For more information on these sponsorship opportunities call (203) 770-3708 

or via email 


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The New American Dream Foundation

32  Farview Ave. - Danbury, CT 06810

Tel: 203.730.0457 

Fax: 203.778.8974

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