It all started with a single dream in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in 1980. And now, more than 30 years and countless dreams later, it has blossomed into one of the largest children’s wish-granting organizations in the nation! Founder Charlie Henault wanted to do something special to help 7-year-old Tammy Keel and her family in Hopkinsville – sending them to the magical place of Disney World – and he never imagined it would lead to what is now known as The Dream Factory. So many people are thankful for Charlie and the so many others who have made The Dream Factory what it is today.
The national headquarters is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves almost 40 chapters scattered across the United States. We are volunteer-driven with more than 5,000 volunteers and only four paid staff members at the national office. The mission is to grant dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through 18.
Now is an exciting time to be a part of The Dream Factory. We have recently formed a Long-Range Planning Committee to help lead us in the right direction with needed changes in the future. That committee has since been broken down into four sub-committees: Fundraising, IT, Marketing and Organizational Effectiveness. We are fresh from our 2012 National Convention in Orlando, and eager to get rolling on new ideas. This blog, along with other initiatives, is one of those ideas. Please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dreamfactoryhq, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hqdreamfactory, visit our website www.dreamfactoryinc.org (we are in the process of launching a new, updated website in early 2013!) and continue to read this blog.
From all of us at The Dream Factory, thank you for your interest in our wonderful organization! And please help spread the word!