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Sandrell Rivers Theatre Honors Miami-Dade School's Dr. Dorothy With Chief Sandrellrive Award 2023

Join us as we pay tribute to the legacy of Chief Sandrell Rivers with our annual Chief Sandrell Rivers Day Celebration!

This year, we proudly present Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy

Bendross-Mindingall with the 2023 Chief Sandrell Rivers Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Bendross-Mindingall's impactful career as a former classroom teacher, principal, and adult education administrator, combined with her current role as the dynamic Miami-Dade County Public Schools Board Member in District 2, exemplifies her unwavering commitment to education and empowering the community.

Dr. Bendross-Mindingall has dedicated her life to opening doors of opportunity for countless students, teachers, and parents. Her innovative programs have transformed lives, offering solutions to challenges that once seemed insurmountable. Notably, she created the groundbreaking "Positive African American Role Models" (PAARM) mentorship program, the first of its kind in Florida. PAARM has had a profound impact on student attendance, reading abilities, and the establishment of economic empowerment initiatives.

With exceptional achievements and unwavering dedication, Dr. Bendross-Mindingall embodies the spirit and values exemplified by Chief Sandrell Rivers. She is a tireless advocate for positive change, spearheading initiatives that foster community education, parent involvement, and mentorship. Dr. Bendross-Mindingall's efforts have garnered accolades, including the recent Trailblazer Award at the Power & Influence Luncheon "A World Without Violence and Crime" and the upcoming prestigious President's Lifetime

Achievement Award.

Join us at the Sandrell Rivers Theater on August 12, 2023, starting at 6 pm, for a night of entertainment and festivities as we celebrate Chief Sandrell Rivers' enduring legacy and our honoree Dr. Bendross-Mindingall’s service to our community. The event will feature engaging live arts performances, music, spoken word, dance, and more.

Tickets are available for purchase on our website at General admission tickets are priced at $15, while senior and student tickets are available at a discounted price of $10. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a cultural celebration honoring Chief Sandrell Rivers and the extraordinary achievements of Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact us at 305-284-8800 or

What: Sandrell Rivers Day

Honoree: Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.

Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Time: Cocktail reception at 6 PM, Main event at 7 PM


About Fantasy Theatre Factory:

Founded in 1978, Fantasy Theatre Factory (FTF) has been dedicated to serving Florida since 1982. FTF manages the Sandrell Rivers Theater and presents performances in schools, theaters, parks, hospitals, and community centers across the state. With over 500 programs each year, FTF reaches over 150,000 people, making quality theatre accessible to all. FTF also offers skilled circus performers for events and conducts theater workshops for young audiences, including individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Led by Executive Artistic Director Larry Fields since 2006, FTF has received numerous awards, including the Miami-Dade Arts Educator of the Year Award and the Remy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Theatre.

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall/Sandrell Rivers Theater


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