"Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc." has partnered with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to establish a paid internship for minority students at the Museum in Nashville.  Two young ladies from Fisk University are the first minorities to intern at the Museum (photo below).  L to R Jada, Alexandria, Petrella, Bob and Rebecca (Country Music Hall of Fame).  Jada a senior from Atlanta, GA is majoring in music and Alexandria a sophomore from Memphis, TN is majoring in Art.  Both are working at the Museum in creating programs for community outreach, one for adults and one for youth 


The Mission of Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc is to honor a diverse community working together to create a positive image for the communities children.  Our target is underprivileged children with an emphasis on career opportunites, health/hygiene, cultural diversity, and social issues facing the underprivileged with the goal to improve self esteem and self image.

Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc. was founded by Petrella as a result of her touring rural areas during a fall 1994 concert tour and received their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status determination letter, November 1996. In 1998 the board received TCOC Board Certification training and in 1999 started serving the community. In 2001 Received a letter stating that 501 (c) (3) status was still in effect.
 Past Giving
  • P.H.O.E.P.E. for Etiquette training for children 
  • Hot Springs Greenway Project for city parks
  • Garland County Literacy Council 
  • Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter 
  • Charitable Christian Medical Clinic of Garland County 
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.)
  • Salvation Army
  • And starting in 2006 an annual Dreams of the Heartland Scholarship MOA with Philander Smith College for 2 scholarships, one male and one female, for students major in music or part of the Philander Smith College Choir.  
Additionally, Petrella has done community outreach thru concerts at elementary, Junior High, Senior High and Colleges throughout the country. In 2015 Petrella’s family donate 2 acres of land to Habitat for Humanity which resulted in the construction of 4 homes.

Current Projects 

In 2015 Dreams of the Heartland provided funding to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for 2 minority student interns. At that time, the CMHFM could not find 2 minority students. This became a catalyst for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to further their thinking about how they can be a more inclusive and representative organization and in 2018 revisited the minority student internship program with renewed energy and a sharper focus. Now starting in the Fall of 2019, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will have 2 minority interns who will receive payment that is provided by funding from Dreams of the Heartland Foundation, Inc. To celebrate this accomplishment and to bring more awareness to this opportunity, Petrella and Dreams of the Heartland in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a concert at the HBCU Tennessee State University during Feb 2020, Black History Month to honor the first 2 recipients and to highlight this tremendous opportunity. If you are interested in supporting this concert through a donation please contact Dreams of the Heartland Foundation via email
Fund Raising 
Funds are raised through a percentage of sales from Garden-Mound Records Albums, a percentage of performance fees from our founder’s concert performances throughout the year and from direct contributions to Dreams of the Heartland. If you would like to contribute to Dreams of the Heartland go to "Downloading" and download a song or purchase one or more of Petrella’s CD and the profits from that sale will go to DOH. If you would like to make a cash donation please go to pay pal and provide the amount you would like to contribute. Please note that the amount is a contribution to DOH.  

Board of Directors

Charles Butler - 22 years Principal, Hot Springs Middle/Junior High School.
Jeannie Butler - 28 years Southwestern Bell Telephone, Manager-Corporate Staffing.
Lonnie McCraw - 25 years Arkansas Securities Department, Financial Examiner.
Petrella - Country Music Entertainer/Songwriter. Member Nashville Songwriter International Association and R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers).
Mozella Rosborough-Anderson – Retired educator, Board of Directors of Literacy Council of Garland-County
Elaine Jones – City Director of Hot Springs

2016 PSC Scholarship Presentation
L to R Sericia Cole, Pres. Smothers, Wm. McCraw, and Yvonne Alexander


Click here to view live performance for "Every Child Is Ours" to raise money for the food pantry

Working with Middle School Students in Michigan


Role Playing 


THV Channel 11 Petrella and Philander Smith
Collegiate Choir November 2014


Petrella and Gov Bebee (AR) discussing

gifting of property to Habitat for Humanity



Petrella executing Gift Deed to Nicole Good of
Habitat for Humanity to build 4 homes