Unsung Heroes.

“Today’s leaders stand upon the shoulders of those pioneers who sacrificed and paved the way for us”. 

We celebrate the past to awaken the future. 

-- John F. Kennedy, 35th US president

I began Dream Foundation because I was lifted up by a community of friends in my time of grief.  I stood upon their shoulders and every year the body of kindred souls grew.  I have, and never will in my lifetime, be able to thank each person for every act of unconditional kindness I have witnessed. However, everyday the faces and the memories stir around in my soul and will forever reside in my very full heart.

This gallery is a growing collection of the images from my 20 years at Dream Foundation.  The gallery will never reflect all the cherished people and moments of love and giving, but I will continue to add with endless gratitude.  In the words of one of my first Dream Reciepints Leo Elmore  "Thank you make room for more!" 

Rod Lathim

With his gentle encouragement to proceed with my hearts vision, under his artistic direction and Access Theatre 501c(3) umbrella it would not be without him

https://www.rodlathim.com

Jenny Hargis meets Ron Howard

Dream Ambassador Jenny had a smile that lit up the room her joy continues to live in the hearts of all those she touched.

Julie Main  Founding Advisory Board Member, Cancer Survivor advocate and forever angel

Julie Main

Founding Advisory Board Member, Cancer Survivor advocate and forever angel

Andy Devore   The first coordinator of the Flower Empower program. A garden grows with love and Andy's undeniable love fertilized the soil of the program.

Andy Devore

The first coordinator of the Flower Empower program. A garden grows with love and Andy's undeniable love fertilized the soil of the program.

Casa las Encinas

In this home where Timm and Thom would dream looking out the windows surrounded by oak trees, Dalmatian Dreams manifested

Marcia Gay Harden and Dan Aykroyd

Picking the right Walnut Creek Merlot of 50 others, they won 1 million dollars for the dream.

Sherry Morez & Frits de Vries

Sherry retired from head nurse of Pedatrics only to keep giving by being one of the first Flower Empower volunteers, here with the first grower to donate flowers (tulips) Frits (wife Gerda and daughter Barbara not pictured) :(

Steven Sharpe, Mimi Leader, and Jeff Bridge   Dreams first PSA was shot on film by acclaimed Director Mimi Leder, Steven Sharpe the first Chief Operations Director, and featured actor Jeff Bridges, a founding Ambassador active with first administration.

Steven Sharpe, Mimi Leader, and Jeff Bridge

Dreams first PSA was shot on film by acclaimed Director Mimi Leder, Steven Sharpe the first Chief Operations Director, and featured actor Jeff Bridges, a founding Ambassador active with first administration.

Stephanie Roston

She provided a home for Timm when most would not, she was the mother of a home where one could dream and love was love

Mary Solis

Manager Oncology Social Work Services at Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Mary was my inspiration. My hero. I asked if I could help, and she said sure you can and she would refer one heart after another

Nurse "Peggy"  If there was another heart that sparked the dream, it was hers. She was at ground zero. She was Timm's nurse, and nurse to all the first referals and helped build the dream-granting program with her knowledge and compassion, and very much inspiration to both founders. An Unsung Hero and Angel.

Nurse "Peggy"

If there was another heart that sparked the dream, it was hers. She was at ground zero. She was Timm's nurse, and nurse to all the first referals and helped build the dream-granting program with her knowledge and compassion, and very much inspiration to both founders. An Unsung Hero and Angel.

Tom Petty spent the day in his private studio  while #dreamfoundationfounder watched with a full heart.

Tom Petty spent the day in his private studio

while #dreamfoundationfounder watched with a full heart.

Craig Donahue

A visionary whose creative contributions impacted many causes, Craig coordinated the event that would bring the first million dollars to the foundation.

Alan Thicke and Jay Thomas

Lending their talent and time at fundraising events for over a decade bring love and laughter to dream families

The Founders sisters Michele Nicols & Jenny Barr  Michelle wrote one of the first of two checks to begin the dream (the other was by Rod Lathim) along with countless contributions as Dream got it's legs, and along with sister Jenny indispensable emotional support.

The Founders sisters Michele Nicols & Jenny Barr

Michelle wrote one of the first of two checks to begin the dream (the other was by Rod Lathim) along with countless contributions as Dream got it's legs, and along with sister Jenny indispensable emotional support.