Good grief - it’s already September and that means my security duties are ramping up! Why? Well, as you may know on November 7th, Deliver the Dream’s signature fundraiser, the Denim & Diamonds gala is being held at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. A big part of the evening is the amazing silent auction. Items big and small, are bid on by nearly 400 guests.
So, who do you think has to guard all of these items until then? Yeah, me - and I do a darn good job at it too! I really want to help make this year’s auction a big success – and thought what better way to do that than to reach out to YOU with a simple request.
If you have an item that you would like to showcase and donate to our silent auction – please call Christie Galeano at 954-564-3512. It’s a win-win because you’ll feel good about your gift, it’s completely tax deductible and the best part of all - Deliver the Dream benefits!!!
I very much appreciate the goodwill of so many people who care to keep the good work of Deliver the Dream alive and well. I thank you in advance for your contributions to our auction!!!
One of the aspects we love about the gala is celebrating our Volunteers of the Year.
This year we are so happy and proud to announce we have TWO incredible families who are all our volunteers of the year.
Blaine and Lisa Vaszily have been volunteering with us since 2006. They have been on several retreats and just love being around all of our families.
They also volunteer their time by being a part of our Fishing for the Dream planning committee. They helped us raise more than $42k this year!
Our second family is the Feller Family. Erick, now in 6th grade, along with his mom, Jamie, dad, Dave and brother, Zack has been volunteering with us for 2 years and they have all helped us raise money to give each child on our retreats a Hope the Bear teddy. The entire family works hard and hosts bake sales, sticker sales, Park Lane jewelry parties and Thirty-One parties.
Lots new celebrities have been announced for the inaugural Brady’s Heroes Celebrity Golf Tournament that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7. It will not only benefit us but also four other amazing charities.
There are still sponsorships available starting at only $100!
Please contact Krista Dinnerman at 954.564.3512
The 6th annual Fishing for the Dream
PLUS RJ Boyle’s Sunburned Swordfish 8 is back!
Join us at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club.
April 15 – Captain’s Party & Silent auction kickoff
April 16 – Tournament, BBQ and silent auction.
Excited to start to plan our 2016 events. Thanks to Alpine Jaguar for being one of our venue hosts. Which event will be in this beautifully sexy space next year? Stay tuned!
Saying goodbye to a dear friend is never easy. But we must say goodbye and good luck to our friend and colleague, Ellen Devine. Ellen is retiring from Bluegreen Vacations – a constant friend and supporter of Deliver the Dream. For the past six years, Ellen has led Deliver the Dream’s Auxiliary and helped to raise more than $200,000 for Deliver the Dream’s Retreat Program through events, Bluegreen sponsorships and vacation stays.
The Auxiliary’s signature event, Community Champions Awards raises funds to underwrite the costs of at least one retreat each year.
As a Deliver the Dream Board Member, Ellen has been instrumental in securing Bluegreen Vacations’ generosity through event sponsorships and for our families by hosting retreats at their beautiful Fountains Resort in Orlando, and staffed by more than 15 Bluegreen employee volunteers.
We wish Ellen and her husband, Paul, much happiness in their new home in Bradenton, Florida. And we look forward to our continued amazing relationship with Bluegreen Vacations that Ellen helped to strengthen and support all these years.
Join Deliver the Dream on Thursday, October 1st at 8pm at the Fort Lauderdale Improv at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a special performance by comedian Bob Marley.
Tickets are $15 (100% of proceeds benefit Deliver the Dream!)
Click below to purchase tickets:
*Once code "Dream" is entered, price will be reduced to $15
The hilarious Bob Marley has appeared on The David Letterman Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Comedy Central. He is also known for playing Detective Greenly in the movie The Boondock Saints.
There is two drink minimum requirement per person (drinks may be non-alcoholic beverages). Guests must be 18 or older.
We are very happy to recognize Carla Marsten as September’s volunteer of the month! Carla has been involved with Deliver the Dream since the fall of 2014. In just one year’s time she has already done so much! Carla has volunteered on two retreats and helped at three special events. She has even introduced her wonderful boyfriend Josh Kobus to volunteering with Deliver the Dream, and since he too has helped out at several events. Carla has such a caring heart and is truly fantastic with our retreat families. You rock Carla!
The Cedano-Faison family (Mary-mom, Wilamenia-stepmom, Alexis-age 11 and
Amado-age 9) attended the recent epilepsy retreat. They really enjoyed getting to meet other families and especially loved all the help they received from their family pals.
Families who have a child with Down syndrome
Retreat for families who have a child with cancer
The 2016 retreat calendar will be announced in October. Stay tuned!
This month we’re flashing back to our 2013 Red Hot & In Style photo shoot at Jet Runway. What a fun shoot on private jets!
Hope loves the Cycle Party!
Check out BeBe's new threads! Thank you to everyone that supported us during our GoFundMe campaign!
A special thank you to FunClick, the best interactive event photo booth company. They continue to support Deliver the Dream and provide exceptional service and products for our events.