Tag archives: Dream Foundation

Looking Across the Pond
By Richard Mineards   |   November 7, 2023

Montecito actress Gwyneth Paltrow is looking for a quiet life on the British coast, according to reports. If so, the Oscar winner will be following a whole host of celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Jason Statham, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Jason Momoa who have snapped up properties in the picturesque southwestern county of Cornwall. While […]

A Career in the Bank
By Richard Mineards   |   August 8, 2023

Valerie Banks, the dynamic force behind the Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower program, is retiring after nearly 15 years. Since assuming leadership in 2008, Valerie has grown the popular program from humble beginnings at Santa Barbara’s Saturday Farmers Market, forging partnerships with local growers and flower wholesalers, while rallying dozens of volunteers. Today the enthusiastic helpers […]

Blomgren Joins the Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   June 20, 2023

U.S. Army veteran Chad Blomgren has joined the board of the Dream Foundation. He has been a member of the organization’s Veterans Advisory Council since its 2021 inception and will continue to work closely with the Dreams for Veterans program. Blomgren, a senior director of managed markets at Gilead Sciences, a biotechnology research firm, comes […]

Empowering the Dream
By Richard Mineards   |   June 6, 2023

Petal power reigned supreme when the Dream Foundation hosted its 12th annual Flower Empower lunch at the Rockwood Woman’s Club, with a record 225 guests raising around $250,000 for the popular charity. Last year the scheme handed out 8,400 bouquets of flowers with volunteers putting in more than 4,900 hours, says Valerie Banks, coordinator. Since […]

Dream Foundation
By Richard Mineards   |   February 21, 2023

Investec Real Estate Companies’ founding principal and president Kenny Slaught is stepping down as Dream Foundation’s board chair after a decade at the helm. He will continue to serve as vice chair under the organization’s newly appointed chair, Mario Muredda. Muredda is currently a member of the foundation’s board and was formerly co-chair of the […]

New Board Member for Dream Foundation
By Richard Mineards   |   January 17, 2023

Marissa Freeman, chief marketing officer of Union Square Hospitality Group, has joined the Dream Foundation’s board of directors. She will work closely with the marketing and communications team on strategy and creative direction as well as identify and establish relationships to broaden awareness about the 29-year-old organization and its mission across the country. A globally-recognized […]

Sheryl Zimmerman on Board
By Richard Mineards   |   November 15, 2022

Sheryl Zimmerman, a distinguished professor of social work and public health, has joined the board of the Dream Foundation. She will work closely with staff, serve as a valuable advisor to program services, and bring awareness of end-of-life, palliative care, and long-term care organizations based on her extensive knowledge and networking. Zimmerman co-directs the program […]

Twilight Dreams in the Garden
By Richard Mineards   |   October 25, 2022

Kenny and Elizabeth Slaught opened the doors of their Montecito aerie for the Dream Foundation’s second annual Twilight in the Garden with 150 guests raising around $500,000. The dynamic duo also hosted the organization’s first event 28 years ago. Kenny is stepping down as decade-long chairman of the foundation but continuing as vice-chairman. Chief Executive […]

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 […]