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The Dreamcatcher Award

Tykes & Teens is now accepting nominations for the 2ndAnnual Dreamcatcher Award which honors the legacy of Tykes & Teens employee Dolores Ripper who passed away in May 2017.

About Dolores:

Dolores was a long-time resident of Martin County, well known to many. Desiring a career change, she returned to school at age 60 to earn her Master of Social Work Degree and went on to become one of the first therapists at Tykes & Teens, providing counseling to thousands of children and families in crisis over more than 20 years. While most her age were retiring, she was pursuing her continuing education in the fields of counseling and psychodrama therapy and working right up until she entered the hospital at age 86. Dolores will be remembered as a dynamic powerhouse who fought to improve the lives of others.

Why Dreamcatcher?

Dolores had a passion for dream interpretation and relentlessly pursued her own dream of helping children in crisis. She appreciated all things colorful, spiritual and mystical. Among the symbols and trinkets that adorned her office were several Dreamcatchers, which in Native American Cultures were hung over cradles as a protective charm for infants. We believe that the image of the Dreamcatcher embodies Dolores’ magical and healing spirit, as well as her commitment to protecting and guiding children.

Qualifications:

This award seeks to honor a woman who:

  • Resides in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee County
  • Embodies the vibrant spirit and determination that made Dolores special
  • Has demonstrated a substantial positive impact on the lives of children, either as a professional, a volunteer, or a philanthropist

To nominate a woman for the Dreamcatcher Award, please fill out the nomination form below, and include a typed one-page narrative describing the nominee’s qualifications. Please limit the narrative to one page. You may also attach up to 3 optional supporting documents. These can be letters of recommendation, newspaper articles, etc. Nominations are due by Friday, November 1st at 5:00 p.m. Finalists will be notified by November 12th. The honoree will be recognized at her workplace or place of volunteerism, and at Joy to the Girls! Ladies Night at the Festival of Trees on November 18th.

Current Tykes & Teens employees are not eligible to be nominated.

The Dreamcatcher Award Nomination Form

Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Finalists will be notified by November 12th.
The honoree will be recognized at her workplace or place of volunteerism,
and at Joy to the Girls! Ladies Night at the Festival of Trees on November 18th.   

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Up to 3 optional supporting documents (i.e. letters of recommendation, newspaper articles, etc.) may be emailed to Laurene@tykesandteens.org

You may also submit your nomination by mail or email. Please download the nomination form below and send the completed form along with your one-page nomination narrative and optional supporting documents to Laurene@tykesandteens.org with Dreamcatcher Nomination in the subject line. Email is preferred, but you may mail your nomination packet instead to: Tykes & Teens, 3577 SW Corporate Parkway, Palm City, FL 34990, Attn: Lauren Espitia. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th

Download Nomination Packet

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