Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Program Delivers Hope and Compassion to Thousands of Local Residents

Santa Barbara, CA – May 2015 – Dream Foundation — the only national dream-granting

organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness—will hold its 5th Annual

Flower Empower Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13th. Net proceeds from the event are vital to

supporting the volunteer-driven program.

“We are thrilled to share an afternoon with the community that has been instrumental to the

program’s sustainability and growth throughout the past 19 years,” says Kisa Heyer, Dream

Foundation Executive Director. “We are tremendously grateful to the businesses and individuals

who generously donate their time, goods and services to make a difference in this community we


The 5th Annual Flower Empower Luncheon will be held at an exclusive oceanfront meadow in

Summerland, CA. The event will feature a luxurious outdoor setting complete with farm-to-table

fare, exciting silent auction items, a raffle for a 7-day cruise, and wonderful surprises.

This year’s Flower Empower event will honor and recognize the following individuals:

 Tim & Diane Brown, 2015 Flower Empower Sponsors

 George & Lisa Hagerman, 2015 Flower Empower Sponsors

 Lauren Nelson and Bill Bonds, Volunteers of the Year

 Casey Slaught, Youth Volunteer of the Year

 Jill Marie & Jean-Michael Carre, Chocolats du Cali Bressan owners, In-kind Donors of

the Year

The Flower Empower program relies on dedicated volunteers who gather each week to deliver

hope and compassion – in the form of fresh bouquets – to those in need. In addition to bouquets,

flower recipients enjoy fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates and cards handmade by school

children. In 2014, Flower Empower delivered, on average, 150 bouquets each week to recipients

from Goleta to Ventura.

“We are looking forward to acknowledging those that have been fundamental to Flower

Empower’s success,” says Heyer. “This program simply would not be possible without their

devotion and efforts.”

Also in attendance and serving as hosts, will be NewsChannel 3’s Shirin Rajaee and Alan Rose.

Rajaee and Rose are long-time and dedicated supporters of Dream Foundation, its mission and its

programs, including Flower Empower.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online through the Dream Foundation website for $95.

Tickets are limited to 225 attendees and the event is expected to sell out, so the public is

encourage to act fast to take part in this unique event.


Flower Empower receives no federal or state funding, relying solely on corporate and individual

contributions and grants. Dream Foundation hopes to raise awareness and its impact with its 5th

annual Flower Empower Luncheon.

About Dream Foundation

The first and largest national dream-granting organization for adults, Dream Foundation enhances

the quality of life for individuals and their families battling life-threatening illness. Dream

recipients are those individuals who have been given a year or less life expectancy. Dreams range

from basic need items, like a working stove, to bedside reunions and meaning experiences with

children and loved ones.

Founded in 1994, Dream Foundation serves more than 2,500 dreams each year and relies on a

network of volunteers, sponsors, and individual donors.

For more information, visit or call (805) 564-2131.

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