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The DreamCatcher Award

The DreamCatcher Award

Tykes & Teens is now accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual 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.


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 attached nomination form, 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 via email to 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.




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