Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Need a Christmas tree? Go to Tree Classics and proceeds go toward The Dream Factory

Stretch Your Holiday Cheer Even Further!

This holiday season, The Dream Factory is excited to announce that we are partnering with Tree Classics, the world’s No. 1 artificial Christmas tree seller, to raise money for our organization. The goal of the campaign is not only to fundraise, but also to help spread awareness about the work that we do in our communities. We’re so thrilled to tell you about this partnership.

How the Campaign Works

From now until Dec. 15, we have a chance to collect a portion of Tree Classics’ online tree sales. After customers make their selection and are ready to checkout, they will be prompted to choose a nonprofit to benefit from a portion of the sale. Ours, along with a number of other worthy causes, will be among the options. The buyer does not have to make an extra contribution; rather, Tree Classics will donate a portion of that sale to The Dream Factory.

It’s that simple!

Spreading Awareness

We are so grateful for all you've done to help us get this far with spreading our mission, but we need your help to make sure this partnership is a success! If you, your family members, friends or anyone you know are in the market for a new tree, please visit TreeClassics.com to view their many options. You will be pleasantly surprised to find there are firs, spruces and pines; gold, silver, white and green trees; and heights and widths perfect for any room.

You can also help us by sharing news of the fundraiser on your preferred social media channels. We’ll be posting updates on our pages, so please share them as you see fit! Rest assured that the proceeds from each sale marked for our nonprofit will be used to benefit The Dream Factory.

Start Shopping

To find your perfect artificial Christmas tree and give back to the community at the same time, please visit www.treeclassics.com.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A message from our new National Director/CEO

I want to thank The Dream Factory volunteers on behalf of myself and my family for the warm welcome that was extended to us at the National Convention in San Antonio in September. Starting a new adventure in life is exciting and sometimes scary for anyone, and starting my journey with the Dream Factory is no different. But I am ready to take the journey and excited for the future. I can’t wait to see what we as a group of dedicated individuals can do to help grant dreams for these deserving young ladies and gentlemen.

During the meeting it was brought to my attention that there weren't a whole lot of time to get to know me or for me to share with you something about me.

What is your background?

I am married to my lovely wife of 12 years, Natalie, and we have one daughter, Campbell, who is nine years old. The love of my life, Natalie, is an ICU nurse in a local hospital in Texas, and my daughter is in the fourth grade and my pride and joy.

I recently left American Airlines after nineteen years with them, holding a number of different roles, my last being an analyst in the Revenue Accounting Operations group. 

I have been a volunteer like many of The Dream Factory volunteers for a number of years supporting a number of different organizations in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. But a majority of my time lately has been spent running the Something mAAgic Foundation. I spent the last six years running the foundation but have held other positions on the board as well, including President-elect and President. My tenure with the Something mAAgic Foundation was 12 years which was all volunteer service. The misconception is that American Airlines pays its employees to be a member of this foundation, which is not the case. I volunteered over 500 hours a year for the last six years running the foundation. So I am dedicated to the cause and the organization.

What do you see are your biggest obstacles to overcome?

I think one of the biggest challenges for the Dream Factory moving forward is the visibility of the organization. If you are not within 50 miles of a local chapter, you know nothing about the organization and I think that is one of the reason you don’t see corporate support at a National Level.  I look forward to working with the Marketing Committee as well as you at a chapter level to gain the much need exposure for the Dream Factory.

Looking forward to the future!!

-Todd Fairbanks