Tag archives: Dream Foundation

New Board Members
By Richard Mineards   |   September 6, 2022

Local businesswomen and philanthropists Eva Rhodes and Elizabeth Farnan Rodrigues have joined the Dream Foundation’s national board of directors, helping raise awareness about the organization’s mission of fulfilling final dreams for terminally-ill adults. Rhodes is currently Vice President and banker for the Santa Barbara office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she works closely with […]

Empowering the Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   May 24, 2022

After a two-year absence given the pandemic, the Dream Foundation hosted its 11th annual Flower Empower lunch at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, with a record 239 guests raising more than $140,000 for the popular organization that fulfills the final wishes of terminally-ill adults. “It’s so nice to be together again with real people and […]

Fulfilling Dreams
By Richard Mineards   |   April 5, 2022

Ventura local Marcy Ornelas, husband Donald, and their 13-year-old daughter Shoshanna are off to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, courtesy of Santa Barbara’s Dream Foundation. Diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer that has recently spread, music has always been a positive constant in Marcy’s life. “I can leave somewhere in a […]

What Dreams May Come
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 31, 2022

In the quarter-century since its founding, Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization serving terminally-ill adults, has provided end-of-life Dreams for more than 32,000 terminally-ill adults across the country. Based in Santa Barbara, the organization serves as something of a counterpart to the well-known Make-a-Wish Foundation – the Phoenix-founded nonprofit that for 40 years has […]

Well Done, Jackie
By Richard Mineards   |   November 23, 2021

Jackie Waddill, who has served Dream Foundation recipients, their families, and the organization’s family of supporters for the last 23 years, has announced her retirement. “In my career with the foundation I’ve seen the delight and pure joy a final dream can bring,” says Jackie. “I’ve felt the short distance between hello and goodbye. I […]

Quite the Deal
By Richard Mineards   |   September 21, 2021

Opera Santa Barbara has come up with a most novel way to sell tickets to fans after the pandemic lockdown. Artistic director Kostis Protopapas has announced that a limited number of tickets for this season’s productions will be available to patrons on a name-your-own-price-basis. The name of this new initiative, made possible by a grant […]

‘Fabulous Feeling’: Music Academy of the West Finally Enjoys a Sunset Soirée
By Richard Mineards   |   June 3, 2021

The Amazons of the Music Academy of the West were positively unleashed after more than a year of monthly meetings via Zoom for a “Sip n’ Stroll” sunset soirée on the picturesque terrace of Hahn Hall on the Miraflores campus. “It is an absolutely fabulous feeling,” exclaimed event chair Roberta Grant. “Everybody has been absolutely […]

Montecito Miscellany: Down for Earth
By Richard Mineards   |   May 6, 2021

Earth Day, which started in Santa Barbara after a disastrous oil spill of more than four million gallons in 1969 which killed thousands of seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions, has certainly been celebrated by Jennifer Smith, the publisher of Santa Barbara Magazine and C Magazine. Jennifer, daughter of Anne Towbes, tells me they have […]

Armie’s Back
By Richard Mineards   |   April 16, 2020

Montecito art and car collector Michael Hammer‘s actor son, Armie, 33, is reprising his role in the sequel to the hit film Call Me By Your Name with Oscar nominated Timothee Chalamet, 24. Director Luca Guadagnino, 48, who helmed the original 2017 drama, says both lead actors are keen to reprise their roles in the […]

Dream Come True
By Richard Mineards   |   February 27, 2020

Young Santa Barbara mother of two, Belmi Tepecque, 22, and her family are the latest recipients of the largesse of the Dream Foundation, which has delivered more than 32,000 dreams over the past 22 years. The popular organization is providing Belmi’s final dream of a trip to Maui with her husband, Gustavo, and two children […]

Endless Summer
By Richard Mineards   |   October 17, 2019

A record $570,000 was raised when more than 300 guests turned out for the Dream Foundation’s 5th annual Endless Summer Dream at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo-playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula. The charity’s coffers were helped immeasurably by former board member J. Paul Gignac and Robert Curtis, who […]

April (and May) Showers Bring May Flowers
By Richard Mineards   |   May 23, 2019

Despite a last-minute change of venue because of heavy rain, the Dream Foundation’s 25th anniversary Flower Empower lunch at the Page Youth Center was a blooming success raising around $160,000 for the popular charity, which has fulfilled 32,000 dreams for terminally-ill adults since its launch. The 230-guest 9th annual bash was originally scheduled in the […]

A Royal Flush
By Richard Mineards   |   February 7, 2019

Montecito residents Eric and Nina Phillips, longtime Dream Foundation supporters, hosted 33-year-old Trezevant, Tennessee, resident Zachary Butler in Las Vegas. Zach, who has suffered from Friedrich’s Ataxia from an early age and was completely disabled by his teens, had always dreamed of meeting Canadian professional poker player Daniel Negreanu, winner of six World Series of […]

Dream Weavers
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2018

A record 450 guests turned out for the Dream Foundation’s 4th annual Endless Summer Dream party at Bella Vista, the sprawling Summerland estate of polo-playing hotel magnate Pat Nesbitt and his wife, Ursula, raising around $300,000 for the popular charity that just celebrated its 30,000th dream. The fun fashion fete, co-chaired by Ursula and Arlene […]

In Bloom
By Richard Mineards   |   June 21, 2018

In lieu of the Dream Foundation’s annual Flower Empower lunch, the popular nonprofit hosted a bouquet-making event on the front lawn of the Hospice of Santa Barbara. Last year more than 8,300 bouquets were delivered, using donated flowers, to hospices, cancer centers, and personal residences. The event, which raised $25,000, also honored program sponsors Tim […]

Living the Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   May 31, 2018

Los Angeles entrepreneur Michael Rosenfeld, owner of the Hotel Californian, has donated part of the tony hostelry’s extensive grounds fronting State and Mason streets, to the popular charity, the Dream Foundation. The area, to be known as the Dream Plaza, will feature 1,140 stones, measuring 3×2 to 1×1 in size, which can be engraved with […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   December 14, 2017

It was just the ticket for this illustrious organ’s bridle correspondent Lynn Kirst when she attended the Dream Foundation’s annual gala at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Lynn splashed out $200 for 10 raffle tickets at the popular fete and came up a winner, receiving a diamond and 18-carat gold necklace featuring an ancient Roman coin designed […]

Sweet Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   November 30, 2017

British singer Cliff Richard was the star of the show in the cavernous ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Bacara when 400 glamorously garbed guests turned out for the popular charity, the Dream Foundation, which hosted its 16th annual gala, Dreamland. Cliff who, you might ask, but Sir Cliff, 77 – he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth […]