Dream Fac­tory to hold Gala in Phoenixville

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

PHOENIXVILLE » Dis­ney World isn’t the only place where dreams come true.

Just ask vol­un­teers at Dream Fac­tory, a non­profit aimed at as­sist­ing chil­dren ages 3 to 18 with chronic ill­nesses. Vol­un­teers with the or­ga­ni­za­tion have been work­ing lo­cally on grant­ing wishes to chil­dren in need and now they’re hold­ing one of their big­gest fundrais­ers in the Phoenixville area for the first time.

“This is the fourth year we’ve had the Gala but this is the first year in Phoenixville. We’ve held events be­fore at the Rad­nor Ho­tel and at Way­nes­bor­ough Coun­try Club. We wanted to ex­pose it to a cou­ple dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” said Michael Pron with Dream Fac­tory.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gan in 1980 with one all-vol­un­teer chap­ter in Hop­kinsville, Ken­tucky, ac­cord­ing to their Face­book page. Since then, The Dream Fac­tory has grown into the sec­ond-largest chil­dren’s wish-grant­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion in the United States, grant­ing over 25,000 dreams since its in­cep­tion. The Dream Fac­tory now has 38 op­er­at­ing lo­cal chap­ters with over 5,000 vol­un­teers. These in­di­vid­u­als raise funds within their own com­mu­ni­ties and then use those funds to grant the dreams of lo­cal chil­dren.

“We did one for a fam­ily that had sev­eral chil­dren with needs and we typ­i­cally do trips to a lot of places but this fam­ily wanted some­thing to do at their house,” said Pron about one of the dreams the foun­da­tion has granted. “So we built them a play­ground in their back­yard, with a slide and a swing and ev­ery­thing you’d find at a pub­lic park. That one was pretty cool be­cause it wasn’t like the tra­di­tional trip to Dis­ney.”

To help raise money for sim­i­lar en­deav­ors, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be hold­ing their Fall Gala, which is sched­uled for Saturday Oct. 14 at the Foundry, 2 N Main St., Phoenixville. Guests at Saturday’s event will en­joy live mu­sic, a 5-star qual­ity din­ner with paired wines as well as a raw bar and a cham­pagne cock­tail re­cep­tion. Guests will also be able to bid at live and silent auc­tions. Miss Philadelphia will also be at­tend­ing the event to tell her story, sing and help present a dream. Events in pre­vi­ous years have helped raise over $100,000 for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, ac­cord­ing to Pron.

“I think its a unique op­por­tu­nity to help chil­dren in their own com­mu­nity,” said Pron. “Know­ing the money will go to grant­ing dreams to chil­dren and that it’s raised by vol­un­teers right here in our lo­cal chap­ter, I think that’s the most im­por­tant thing.”

Al­though tick­ets for the event are nearly sold out, any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for events or grant­ing dreams to chil­dren can visit the Dream Fac­tory web­site at dream­fac­to­ry­inc.org or on Face­book at www.face­book.com/dream­fac­to­rypa.

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