Batter Up – Dreams fit for a Royal

The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City is 
starting it’s twenty-fourth year as a partner 
with the Kansas City Royals baseball club.

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Children who dream of attending a game get so much
more than that on their dream trip! They attend the
game, sit in the dugout, meet the players, watch
batting practice, play a little catch with the 
players, and are featured on the Crown Screen!

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The Dream Child, and their family, from beginning 
to end are treated like Royalty.

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The Royals players are outstanding with the 
children and many of them take a few minutes to 
talk to the child and get to know them.  There
have been many times when the player will go 
back into the clubhouse and return with a bat 
or baseball gloves for the child to keep as a 
souvenir.  The smiles on their faces are priceless. 
The players treat the children like Royalty.

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The 2015 World Series Champions are known for
“Taking the Crown” and they deserve it not just 
for their skill and perseverance on the field 
but for the way they treat their fans and how they
interact and embrace their community and making 
sure that dreams come true for all.  

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In addition to the impact the Royals program has on 
the kids, families, volunteers, Royals players and 
staff it has been a priceless way to bring 
awareness to the Dream Factory.  

The Dream Factory of Kansas City, and The Dream 
Factory overall, is grateful to be a partner 
of such an outstanding organization and look 
forward to many more years of making our kids
part of the royalty in KC.

(Special Thanks to Myra from The KC Chapter for
the information and images! Great job Myra!)

Want to learn more about our partnership with The
Kansas City Royals? Keep an eye out for our 2015
Annual Report, available on our website soon!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, 
and Instagram for the latest Dream pictures and
news!
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#giveitup4dreams

The Dream Factory launched our very first National
donation campaign on May 1st - #Giveitup4dreams!

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Join us and ‪#‎giveitup4dreams‬ to help grant the 
dreams of critically and chronically ill children! 

Accept the challenge, create your video, 
challenge your friends, and make a 
donation to make a difference in the life 
of a child!

These children give up things that we take for 
granted EVERY DAY.

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Their childhood is overrun by pain, fear, doctors 
appointments, trips to the hospital, injections, 
medication, stress, and so much more.

The most influential people in life are usually the
ones who face the most challenges, like our Dream 
Kids! We are always so inspired and motivated by 
their positive attitudes and joy for life!

You can Make A Difference just by making a small
donation!

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For more information visit our #giveitup4dreams 
website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, 
and Twitter!

Love The Time You Spend (Volunteering)

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

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Like, literally staring us in the face. Reminding
those who have yet to plan something special,
that they are almost out of time and they better
hurry up - or be in trouble. Reminding those that
are single, that chocolate goes on sale the day
after (Yipee!). 

Valentine's Day is a reminder to show the people
we love that they are incredibly important to us.
To show them that they are beautiful, handsome,
caring, supportive, amazing people. Valentine's
Day is more than just flowers and chocolate. 
More than a fancy dinner or a night out on the town.

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It is a day to say thank you. It is a day to remind
your Valentine how much they mean to you.

So we, at The National Headquarters of the 
Dream Factory, have only one question...

To ALL of our amazing volunteers...

Will you be our Valentine?

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Yes we can just hear you now.. Wow that was really
corny? Are they serious? They can't be serious..

But we are!

The Dream Factory, Inc. is the largest volunteer-
driven children’s wish-granting organization in the 
United States. We proudly operate using a grass-
roots approach, with more than 30 chapters run 
by hundreds of EXTREMELY dedicated volunteers who 
have granted thousands of dreams since 1980.

These volunteers are the foundation of everything 
we stand for! They are the hope bringers and the 
smile makers. They are the most valuable asset that 
our organization has.

Granting a child’s dream provides them, and their 
families, with a little bit of happiness, hope, and 
relief from the daily stress they face. Dreams 
create memories that provide these children and 
their families with the fuel to fight through 
emotional and financial difficulties.

Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be granting 
dreams.

So this Valentine's day don't just show your 
significant other how much you care about them.

Make a difference in the lives of people around you.

Become a Volunteer.

Ours are the greatest people we know.

Wish Upon A Rock… To Grant A Dream!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

We are now on a downwards slope to the weekend! Yay!

This week has brought something new and exciting to 
The Dream Factory - We have partnered with an amazing 
company, Wish Upon A Rock!

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Wish Upon a Rock is a company that strives to build 
a community of positive wishes that can be shared 
verbally and visually. They are a company with a 
passion to make a difference in the world, and they 
are starting by helping grant dreams to critically 
and chronically ill children!

These generous and kindhearted people are donating 
8-10% of total sales until the end of February to 
The Dream Factory!

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I know, we are very excited too!

This company started a community of positive 
energy through one simple task - the art of 
stacking rocks. Their rock stacks are a symbol 
of people's hopes, dreams, and good wishes. With 
each adjustment to your rocks you are faced with 
a simple, slowed, moment of time to reflect on 
what is truly important to you. We encourage each 
and every one of you, yes YOU, to step out of 
your comfort zone and give it a try, you won't
be disappointed in the peacefulness of the moment.

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So now you're thinking, "Well that is great, 
I can always use a few moments of peace, but what 
does that have to do with The Dream Factory?"

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Wish Upon A Rock sells beautiful genuine stone 
bracelets. These bracelets provide you the 
opportunity to carry your hopes, inspirations, 
and dreams with you around your wrist (Don't worry 
guys they have bracelets for you too). Make a wish 
on the stones and always stay focused on what truly 
matters to you! Not only are these pieces beautiful,
they also hold true meaning.

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            https://wishuponarock.com/
Click the link above and start your journey to peace 
while helping grant dreams!

Not interested in purchasing one of these beautiful
bracelets?

That's OK! You can still make a difference!
Visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org:
       - Donate
       - Refer A Child
       - Volunteer



How to Make the Most of Your Investment in a Child’s Dream

With W-2s arriving at the end of January, 
taxes should be on your mind.
               
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 "What do my taxes have to do with a child's dream?"
     "Why am I even reading this?"

I'll tell you why. It is time to pull out the 
receipts, thank you notes, and correspondences 
that prove that you made a donation to a non-
profit organization in 2015, because they are tax 
deductible. 

What is a tax deduction? Well in essence it is a 
reduction in your tax liability. The boring, 
technical definition is "a deduction from gross 
income that arises due to various types of expenses 
incurred by a taxpayer. Tax deductions are removed 
from taxable income (adjusted gross income) and 
(*here is the important part*) thus lower the 
overall tax expense liability"

The short and sweet explanation: you can owe less,
end up owing nothing, or *gasp*...
              ...get more "dough" back!

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Because The Dream Factory is classified as a 501(c)3
not-for-profit organization by the IRS and since you 
received no goods or services for your contribution,
donations made are 100% deductible. We suggest that 
you consult your tax advisor for specific 
instructions regarding the deduction of this 
contribution, that way you will get the most out of 
your investment!

So, not only are you helping GRANT A DREAM and 
provide hope, happiness, and relief to a critically 
or chronically ill child and their family when you 
donate to The Dream Factory, but you are also 
getting a tax deduction! Can you believe it?!

I don't think it gets any better than that. 

Don't freak out if you didn't make any charitable 
donations in 2015, because we have you covered for 
2016 taxes! Get started now by visiting 
                 www.dreamfactoryinc.org 
and clicking donate. Make a difference and get some
of your tax money back too!

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