In the News | December 24, 2017

Dream Foundation‘s recent annual gala raised awareness and vital funds to continue its work in fulfilling the end-of-life Dreams of terminally-ill adults.

Special guests, supporters, friends, and partners of the organization began the evening on the terrace at Ritz-Carlton Bacara with a cocktail reception and bidding on more than 70 items in a silent auction that featured two tickets to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January 2018 and a private party at the home of Dream Foundation Board Member, Justine Roddick and local musician, singer, songwriter, and gala entertainer, Tina Schlieske.

Then long-time Dream Foundation supporter Andrew Firestone and Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer welcomed guests and introduced special guest speaker, Jim Mills. Gala attendees were touched as Jim shared his wife’s heartwarming dream story and spoke of the important role Dream Foundation played at the end of her life and how it has forever changed his life.

After dinner, Dream Foundation supporter and Hollywood producer, Nigel Lythgoe introduced Sir Cliff Richard, Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker (he released his 102nd album in 2016) who performed four of his hit songs, including Dreamin’.

Claire Wineland then took the stage to share her unique and inspiring outlook on life. Claire, 20, who has been living with cystic fibrosis (CF) for her entire life, founded Claire’s Place Foundation at the age of 13 to provide support to children and families affected by CF. She is the also the author of the bestseller Every Breath I Take, Surviving and Thriving with Cystic Fibrosis.