The Dream Foundation works diligently to realize the wishes of adults with terminal illnesses. Operating much like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Dream Foundation strengthens the bonds between individuals facing terminal illness and their families.
In recent years, the organization has seen an increasing number of young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 participate in its activities. This age range accounts for about 11 percent of all dream recipients served by the foundation. Due to this rise in engagement, the organization has made it a priority to raise awareness among younger and provide them with the opportunity to support people in their age group who have life-threatening illnesses.
In June 2015, the Dream Foundation partnered with a local swimwear designer named Danielle Rocha to host a fundraising runway show with a swimwear theme. Titled “Summer Dream,” the event took place in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood at the Aperture Collection and Cabana Home. Summer Dream sought to attract young professionals interested in and teach them about the important work of the Dream Foundation.
Rocha, a graduate of Santa Barbara’s Dos Pueblos High School, is a rising star in the fashion world and the owner of Rocha Swim. The show also featured designs from Chapala and Parker, 399 Jewelry, Make Smith, Lisa Sands Design, and CA Makes. Summer Dream also included live performances from DJ Index and Danny Winter, as well as food and beverages.
The fundraiser included raffles for several prizes, such as a beauty basket consisting of organic skin-care products and gift certificates for a massage and facial, as well as the grand prize of a four-day vacation to the Four Seasons Punta Mita Resort in Mexico. All proceeds from ticket sales and raffles went directly to the Dream Foundation and were earmarked for use in granting the dreams of individuals in their 20s.