Dream Foundation’s 13th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala will be held at the Bacara Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be part of an event that will inspire you and an evening that will profoundly move you. This will be an amazing celebration honoring 20 years of dreamers along with the dreams that have touched lives, created lasting memories, and provided peace, closure and joy at the end of life’s journey.
As always, this incredible event will feature world-class performers and celebrities, as well as moving stories from the people and families that we serve everyday. Net proceeds are vital to supporting the program, which receives no federal or state funding and relies solely on corporate and individual contributions and grants. Dream Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has never turned down a qualified dream request.
Join us to celebrate the love, compassion, and community that make it all possible, and learn about how you can help Dream Foundation be an important part of people’s lives and dreams for the next 20 years!
This year, we were thrilled to honor the legendary Barry Manilow with the 2013 Humanitarian Award, and Andy Puzder & CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc. with the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award. The audience was treated to incredible performances by Olivia Newton-John, Richie Sambora, Glee’s Darren Criss, Sean Jones, Teal Wicks (star of “Wicked” on Broadway), and of course Barry Manilow. Live auctioneers were the incomparable Jane Lynch (2nd year in a row) and Andrew Firestone. Presenters included Nigel Lythgoe (our 2012 Humanitarian Award Recipient) and Dream Ambassador Priscilla Presley. All talent fees—as well as the production services of Greg and Laura Pasetta—were donated 100 percent.
The after party was held at Miro Restaurant, and sponsored by Bentley Westlake, with spirits by Beau Joie Champagne and Yacht Club Vodka, and DJ Chris Cox.
Major sponsors for the night included: American Airlines; Bacara Resort & Spa; Carl’s Jr.; Gentiva Hospice Foundation; David & Suzanne Johnson; Arlene Montesano; O’Gara Coach Westlake; Lady Ridley-Tree; Herb & Bui Simon; Michael & Colleen Taylor; and Walter Claudio Salon Spa. Special thank you to all our Live Auction donors, including Jose Eber; Eleven Experience; World Odyssey Limited; Bacara Resort & Spa; Westerly Wines; Montage Laguna Beach; Ranch at Live Oak /The Ranch 4.0; Steven E. Shulem, Strictly Vacations and Crystal Cruises; The Glazer Family, Manchester United; Richie Sambora; and Herb & Bui Simon.
The First Annual Emeritus Board Dinner occurred June 13 at the El Encanto Hotel. It recognized current and former board members and honored the longtime, dedicated service of Dream Foundation Ambassador, Priscilla Presley, and Founding Ambassador Kathy Ireland.
The Third Annual Flower Empower Luncheon, held May 16 at the El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara, honored volunteers of the year and the 2013 program sponsors, Herb & Bui Simon, who are longtime, dedicated supporters.
All the glitz and glamour of Friday’s 10th annual Celebration of Dreams didn’t distract the Dream Foundation’s founder from the true focus of the event: “the dreamers.”
Thomas Rollerson founded the Santa Barbara-based Dream Foundation, a national organization that grants wishes to adults in their end-stages of life — in 1993 when he discovered that no organization existed to fill that need.
He said the purpose of the Celebration of Dreams gala is to not only honor those who have helped the foundation grant wishes, but also to raise funds for those that need the organization’s support.