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The Dream Team Foundation is a registered 501C3 nonprofit organization in Lancaster. Our mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities through a variety of activities. We were formed in 2007 and will begin our fifth season in September.
Our program is a free program for any Lancaster County youth between the ages of 6-21 who have any form of mental or physical disability. Our program is funded by donations and sponsorships from individuals and businesses.
The Dream Team Foundation Board of Directors and Activities Committee members wanted to host a fundraiser that was different from fundraisers sponsored by other Lancaster County organizations.
Therefore, on June 24, we hosted our first-ever charity concert, featuring The Chairmen of the Board. Our goals were to bring community awareness of our upcoming 2011-12 season and encourage county residents to volunteer and/or become sponsors.
The support from Lancaster residents and businesses for our concert was overwhelming.
We want to express our thanks to many individuals and groups.
First, we must mention the athletic department of the University of south Carolina Lancaster for its unwavering support in providing volunteers for all Dream Team activities.
To these local businesses: Audio Ethics, Special Occasion Rental, Big Lots, Chick-fil-A, Cakes by Michelle, Home Depot, Mandy’s Photography, Bojangles, First Citizens Bank, Do It Printing, Basket O’ Sunshine, WAGL and Belk department store, we could not have done it without your help.
Also, to the following people who made donations to help with concert expenses: Ray and Brenda Brown, Frank and Jean Hegler, Ernie and Teresa Blackmon, Gene and Brenda Purser, Richard and Libby Kirkley, Pete and Annette Spencer, Steve and Clara Mungo, Dairrick Baker, Nita Brown, Katie Adams and Elvin and Foye Wright – again, we say thank you.
To the more than 200 individuals from all over the Carolinas who attended the concert: We hope you enjoyed the show; we thank you for supporting us and we hope to see you again next year.
I also have to express thanks to The Lancaster News. Their staff is the best. They helped us with the design of our fliers and ads; they wrote several articles about the concert; and they listed it in the Coming Events section for months. The Lancaster News also made a very special donation that we so desperately needed. Thank you for your dedication and continued support of The Dream Team Foundation.
An event like this takes months to plan and a lot of volunteers.
To the Dream Team Activities Committee members, board members and family and friends: You are invaluable to our foundation.
Our concert featured three bands – The Carolina Connection, The Executives and The Chairmen of the Board. Wow! What a night! All the bands were wonderful to us. They knew why they were here and they put on a fantastic show. To all of these band members: Thank you.
Finally, a personal note to all of Lancaster County: Thank you for your support and love.
Julie Barton and I are two mothers who believed our children deserved a chance to participate in sports and community activities and to be like every other child.
We had little experience with running a nonprofit, but you believed in us, you supported us and you have helped The Dream Team Foundation grow for five years.
We are humbled by your thoughtfulness and encouraged that we will be around for a long time.
For all of that, Julie and I say: God bless you.
For more info on our upcoming season or to become a sponsor, please visit www.thedreamteamfoundation.com.
Diana B. Knight is president of The Dream Team Foundation.