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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Getting Relief – One Splash at a Time

The Dream Factory, Inc. is a national, 
all-volunteer driven,organization dedicated 
to making the dreams of chronically and 
critically ill children come true.

Every child who receives a dream from our 
organization is brave, compassionate, and 
loving, but there are some stories that really 
make an impact on our volunteers and 
the community in which the dream is being granted.

Six-year-old Hudson from Dyersburg, TN,
where one of our chapters is located, brought 
together his community in an amazing way.

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Hudson has a rare disease called B3GAT3,
actually he is the only person in the world 
who has been diagnosed with this specific 
disease, which affects his whole body, robbing
him of joint stability and muscle tone.

The only time he can be free from his wheelchair 
and back brace is when he is submerged in water 
and he dreamed of having his own swimming pool.

"Just knowing how much he loves to be in the pool, 
and the freedom it allows him when being restricted 
most of the day.When he's in the pool you can tell 
there's enjoyment," Scottie Hayes, Hudson’s Father, 
said.

Hudson had no idea, but his dream was about to 
come true. The Dream Factory is comprised of 34 
chapters and the chapter located in Dyersburg 
tackled this challenge head-on. With the help of 
over 20 local companies who donated their time and 
products, Hudson came home from a trip to Six Flags 
St. Louis (which he thought was his dream being 
granted) to a brand new in-ground pool in his 
backyard!

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Over 100 family members, friends, and strangers 
waited to great him and celebrate this brave little 
boy’s dream coming true.

The community came together to make a difference, 
one that not only brought immense joy to a six 
year old, but that will also improve his life – 
having a pool allows Hudson the ability to walk on 
his own (he is only able to when completely 
submerged), and gives him the ability to work his 
body pain free.

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(News Articles about Hudson’s Dream)

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State Gazette
WREG

Want to help make a difference in the life of a 
child like Hudson?

There are three ways you can make a difference!
     Donate
        Volunteer
             Refer a Child

Don't forget to check out our social media
to stay up to date about the latest events
and dreams!
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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!

March Volunteer Spotlight

As you all know the Dream Factory is the largest
all-volunteer driven wish-granting organization
in the United States.

And we have AMAZING volunteers.

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Yea.. You should be jealous!

We have been lax about highlighting our amazing
volunteers.. but that is going to change!

Each month we are going to highlight one of
our INCREDIBLE people. So look forward to a
story of inspiration and selflessness.

Our volunteer highlight for March...
              
             ~ Tara Schneider ~
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Tara is the area coordinator for our Brooklyn
Chapter and she has done amazing things!

Since stepping into the role of area coordinator
two years ago, Tara has re-energized the Brooklyn
Chapter beyond anything it had ever been in the 
past.

Every aspect of the Brooklyn Chapter has increased.

She has increased the number of dreams they grant,
increased fundraising events and profits, increased
community outreach, and increased overall awareness!

Can you say WOW!

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She says, "I have a large vision and not much fear
when it comes to getting things up and running."

We can certainly see that! Tara has pushed The 
Dream Factory Brooklyn Chapter into the light - 
there is no stopping her now!

The organization has noticed all of Tara's hard 
work and she has earned the respect and admiration
of her fellow volunteers. This was shown as they 
elected her to the Executive Committee of the Dream 
Factory at the beginning of this year!

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Tara, Thank You for bringing your love, passion,
and dedication to the Dream Factory. Your hard
work and determination do not go unnoticed and
are more than just appreciated!

"The Dream Factory cannot remain a secret in NYC
anymore" - Tara
More about Tara:
-She loves to swim, ski, be outside, travel, and 
go out to dinner

-She volunteers at St. Jude's Children's Hospital
as well

-She was born and raised in Brooklyn

-She graduated with her MBA in International 
Finance from Richmond College in London

-Her love, dedication, and selflessness gives us 
hope

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Want to know more about the Dream Factory?

Check out our Website

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Help Make A Child’s Dream Come True!

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.

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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