Dream Foundation – the only national dream- granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness – will honor corporate Partner in Dreams Gentiva Hospice Foundation and salute the supporters of the newly launched Dreams for Veterans program at the 14th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala. The event will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara.
“Their profound generosity and commitment have accounted for almost half of our total dreams served since Dream Foundation was established in 1994.”
The Gentiva Hospice Foundation has been a corporate partner for more than 16 years. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to supporting deserving families and organizations associated with hospice and palliative care and to giving compassionate assistance to those at the end of lifeʼs journey. The strategic programs supported by Gentiva Hospice Foundation are patient and family assistance; funding bereavement camps for more than 500 kids each year; support of educational programs for end-of-life and palliative care; and most importantly, fulfilling final dreams for terminally ill patients and families through partnership with Dream Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be partners with Dream Foundation and honored to be recognized by them,” said Paul VerHoeve, President of the Gentiva Hospice Foundation. “Together we have shared the joy and the true fulfillment that comes from helping to serve more than 9,000 final dreams. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
“Over the past 16 years, Gentiva Hospice Foundation has made a tremendous impact on Dream Foundation,” said Kisa Heyer, Executive Director of Dream Foundation. “Their profound generosity and commitment have accounted foralmost half of our total dreams served since Dream Foundation was established in 1994.”
Also being recognized at the Gala are CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. and its President/CEO Andy Puzder, as well as John Paul DeJoria, CEO and Co-Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patrón Spirits Company, for the vital support they provide to Dream Foundationʼs Dreams for Veterans program, which launched publicly in Washington D.C. in September.
Dreams for Veterans is the first national program that specifically serves and honors terminally ill veterans with the fulfillment of a final dream. The program provides the invaluable opportunity to honor and acknowledge veteran dream recipients while engaging and appreciating their families and communities.
Dreams for Veterans was established in September 2014 and operated in a soft-launched phase until last monthʼs public launch. Beginning in September 2014 and through to present, Dreams for Veterans has served the final dreams of 225 veterans. Without receiving any federal or state funding, the program would not be possible without the support and contribution of our founding partners.
CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. has contributed to the fulfillment of hundreds of dreams since 2012 when the parent company of Carlʼs Jr.® and Hardeeʼs® premium burger chains selected Dream Foundation as a national beneficiary of its annual Stars for HeroesTM charity campaign. Founded in 2011, the program has supported 60 U.S. military charities nationwide.
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