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3 children of the arts and who are of military families at the 1st Annual DARE TO DREAM! AWARDS, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida. This Annual Event promises to showcase students trained at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The final round of other students chosen to compete for first place scholarships, received $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 for a total of $23,500.00 awarded this evening.

The Fred Travalena Scholarship Award was established in 2009 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts Center, Clearwater, Florida. This Scholarship is given to a school child in the Arts. Because Fred was so diversified in the world of entertainment, i.e., comedy, impressions, singing, acting, a composer and lyricist, it only made sense to be able to choose a child in any one of the arts so they can further their education and develop their god-gifted abilities. Fred Travalena never stopped learning or trying to perfect one talent. In addition to having talents and wanting to take classes in the specific art of choice, the child must also be of a Military family. Fred was a veteran because he served his country in the US Army and always helped his country by entertaining the troops, whether it be on a USO Tour, at the hospitals, or endorsing and helping any military man or woman that he could. The scholarship monies will help the families afford additional schooling and lessons in the arts they have chosen.

This year’s recipients were:


Anthony Hengst 8 years old/singer

David Hengst, 14 years/Pianist Children of Marine Corp Reserve Timothy Hanks & Bethany, Palm Harbor, FL

Zoe Simmons, 15 years/ Actress Daughter of Army Sgt 1st Class Disabled Phillip Scott Simmons & ShawnMarie, Palm Harbor, Florida.


Contributions can be made to The Fred Travalena Scholarship Award, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, Florida 33795. For further Information: 727 712-2760






Entertainer, Impressionist and Comic...FRED TRAVALENA received his STAR on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2005. This prestigious notoriety applauds FRED as one of the top performers in our country and recognizes him as not only a variety performer, but a television star, actor of many films, a singer and songwriter/lyricist and Entertainer who's name will go down in history as ONE OF THE BEST. FRED recently returned from a USO Tour where he entertained our troops in the Balkans and Austria, where he performed at the US Embassy in Vienna.

FRED TRAVALENA was born in the Bronx, NY and raised on Long Island. As a young adult he served in Special Services with the US Army. He moved to Los Angeles 30 years ago to build his world of entertainment. He has delighted audiences worldwide throughout his multi-faceted career with his characterizations of highly visible public figures and has earned nicknames such as “The Man of a Thousand Faces”, “Mr. Everybody”™, and “World Famous” by NBC’s EXTRA!

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