"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.
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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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
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
THV Channel 11 Petrella and Philander Smith
Collegiate Choir November 2014