The members of Andover Community Trust will hold their annual “Build the Dream” dinner on Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Andover Town House, 20 Main St., Andover.
The Build the Dream Dinner is a major fundraiser supporting the non-profit work dedicated to the development and advocacy of affordable homes for families. Currently ACT is actively engaged in the construction of six homes (3 duplexes) on Lupine Road in Andover. This is a collaborative project of Andover Community Trust and the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Lupine Road is the result of several years of efforts by ACT, MVHH and South Church in Andover. The first two building foundations have been poured and volunteers have been working on the first MVHH duplex. The students of Greater Lawrence Technical School are on site to begin framing the ACT duplex and will continue their work throughout the 2019-20 school year. This will be the 5th and 6th ACT homes built by GLTS students and their instructors.
The project seeks financial support and the Build the Dream dinner is critical as ACT plans for the next phase of construction.
Rep. Tram Nguyen is the keynote speaker. She is the State Representative for the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury. She is a first generation Vietnamese-American immigrant actively engaged in legislative advocacy working with statewide coalitions, lawmakers, and lawmaking bodies to push for laws that address issues of racial and economic justice, protecting the rights of the most vulnerable populations. Nguyen was elected in November 2018 and is the first Vietnamese American woman to serve in the Massachusetts Legislature.
She has received the Lawrence Bar Association Merit Award, the Vietnamese American Bar Association Public Service Award, the Reginald Heber Smith Award for innovation and excellence in legal advocacy, and the UAW Social Justice Award.
The evening will also showcase the presentation of the “Fred Stott Advocacy Award” to George Koehler, and the “Opening Doors to Affordable Housing Award” to the Merrimack Valley Habitat Build Volunteers.