WEYMOUTH – Donny Jo Prevost never expected to see his self-portrait hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts, but there it was, along with nine of his other paintings. The experience was surreal, like a dream – except that it was a dream come true.
Prevost, 63, the former lead singer for a popular local band, is the first artist to exhibit at the MFA through The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses.
Earlier this week, he and his wife, Theresa, saw the exhibit, titled Donny Jo Prevost, in the Drucker Family Pavilion of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art.
Santa Barbara, CA – September 23, 2014 – Dream Foundation – the only national adult wish-granting organization for individuals and their families suffering life-threatening illness – is pleased to announce its 2014 Celebration of Dreams Gala honorees. The 20th Anniversary celebration will recognize Humanitarian Award recipient, John Paul DeJoria and the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Partner Award recipient, Genentech.
Best known as the co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patron Spirits Company, John Paul DeJoria has made a significant impact through his vital contributions to Dream Foundation programs, helping dream recipients and their families since 2002. “John Paul DeJoria is a caring and accomplished humanitarian who has helped bring peace, comfort, and closure to countless dream recipients and their loved ones through the fulfillment of final dreams,” says Dream Foundation Executive Director Kisa Heyer. “A true humanitarian, he lives each day by his renowned philosophy that ‘success unshared is failure,’ and he has demonstrated this in the time and resources he’s invested in making the world a better place for our dreamers.”
In addition to his generosity toward Dream Foundation, DeJoria supports a multitude of organizations dedicated to helping others. John Paul launched the solely-funded philanthropic venture, Grow Appalachia, which aims to empower the hunger-stricken people of Appalachia by providing skills and resources to grow, prepare and preserve organic, nutritious food.
DeJoria has not lost sight of his humble beginnings, and regularly supports the Los Angeles community where he grew up. His ongoing support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he spent much of his time as a child, includes funding the renovation of his hometown, Echo Park, CA Variety Boys & Girls Club location. He also takes great pride in his support of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Chrysalis, dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. John Paul routinely visits the center to share his story of change and provides generous financial support.
Genentech has been a Corporate Partner in Dreams since 2006. The leading Biotechnology company is committed to treating diseases beyond scientific development by helping patients realize their dreams. Through Genentech’s highly successful employee volunteer program, more than 1,000 team members have served as dream hosts to ensure dreams are delivered with joy, an embrace and a celebration. “We are thrilled to express our gratitude to Genentech, whose philanthropic support extends beyond generous funding,” Heyer said. “Their invaluable support for the Dream Foundation mission has helped to inspire hope and provide joy in communities across the nation.”
The Celebration of Dreams Gala will be held at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on the evening of November 8th. Celebrities, special guests and foundation supporters will gather to enjoy a night of heartwarming dream reflections, unparalleled entertainment and both a silent and live auction. 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.
Santa Barbara, CA – October 14, 2014 – Dream Foundation – the only national wish-granting organization for adults and their families suffering life-threatening illness – is delighted to announce that Righteous Brother, Bill Medley, and Grammy nominee KT Tunstall will perform at the 13th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala on November 8th in Santa Barbara. Also joining Dream Foundation’s 20th Anniversary celebration will be singer/songwriter, David Ryan Harris, whose music ranges from folk to rhythm and blues, and world-renowned DJ, Chris Cox appearing for his second straight year.
Bill Medley and his ‘Righteous Brother,’ Bobby Hatfield brought the world such favorites as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody.” As a duet with Jennifer Warnes, Medley released “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which earned them both a Grammy and Academy Award. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, Medley inspires with his words, voice and spirit. “We are honored that legendary Bill Medley will be taking the stage at this year’s celebration,” says Kisa Heyer, Dream Foundation’s Executive Director. “His signature baritone will certainly be unforgettable, and we are grateful to have such an amazing talent join us in honoring our dreamers and their families.”
Singer/songwriter KT Tunstall first astonished the world with her 2004 live solo performance of her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” Since then she has released five albums internationally, worked on various movie soundtracks including 2005’s The Devil Wears Prada’s opening hit, ‘Suddenly I See,’ ‘Miracle’ for Winter’s Tale and ‘We Could Be Kings’ from Disney’s Million Dollar Arm. Tunstall received a Grammy Award nomination in 2007 among various other award nominations and wins. “We are thrilled to have the wonderfully gifted singer/songwriter KT Tunstall join our 20th Anniversary Celebration of Dreams,” Heyer says. “We know her powerful lyrics and authentic vocals will inspire and move us all.” In addition to her contributions to Dream Foundation, Tunstall is an active environmental campaigner, and joined an expedition to the Arctic Circle in 2008 with Cape Farewell, a British-based arts organization that brings artists, scientists and communicators together to instigate a cultural response to climate change.
David Ryan Harris will also be a part of the elite line-up. Experimenting with various instruments before he found the guitar and performing since the 80’s, Harris has worked with such talent as Dave Matthews Band, Santana, India Arie, Guy Sabastian, John Mayer’s band, and numerous others. Earlier this year, Harris released “Lightyears” a follow-up to his album, “Bittersweet.” Harris will engage and delight with his soulful work ranging from folk to rhythm and blues.
For the second year in a row, Grammy-nominated producer, award winning remixer and DJ, Chris Cox will be offering his musical talent to the gala’s after-party, which will be held in the grand lobby of the Bacara Resort & Spa. Attendees can expect a full dance floor with this master of remix.
“With such an array of talent, Dream Foundation will celebrate its 20th Anniversary and fulfillment of more than 20,000 dreams with the support of our friends, both old and new,” Heyer says. “It speaks volumes to have such an extraordinary and diverse group of artists come together in support of our mission, passion and continued efforts.”
Held at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on the evening of November 8th, the event will honor John Paul DeJoria who will receive the 2014 Dream Foundation Humanitarian Award and leading biotechnology company Genentech, who will receive the 2014 Outstanding Corporate Partner Award. Celebrities, special guests and foundation supporters will gather to enjoy a night of heartwarming dream reflections, unparalleled entertainment, and both a silent and live auction. Net proceeds are vital to supporting the program, which receives no federal or state funding and relies solely on corporate and individual contributions, grants and in-kind gifts. Dream Foundation has never turned down a qualified dream request.
Sandi, a Wisconsin native, say she was “born to be a Chicago Bears fan” and spent her teenage years watching the Bears and her favorite running back, Walter Payton, play. However, between financial constraints, the distance between Wisconsin and Chicago, and the devastating loss of her son, Bruno, to Muscular Dystrophy, Sandi has never been able to see her Bears play at home. Now, struggling with cancer and with a life expectancy of fewer than 12 months, Sandi’s dream is to watch the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers with her two friends who have helped her get through the obstacles and challenges she has faced. The opportunity to travel to Chicago would be life changing, allowing Sandi to make unforgettable memories with her friends and her favorite team, and experience a well-deserved break from the daily struggles she endures at home.
As a single mother, life has already provided plenty of challenges for 34-year-old Sara and her five-year old daughter. Having only been diagnosed with gastric cancer recently, she relies heavily on her faith, determined to have more time with her daughter. Sara’s dream is to visit Disneyland with her daughter and parents, an opportunity she could never realize on her own as a result of her hefty medical bills. Sara hopes to make this lasting memory a reality for her family, particularly her little girl.