Dream Foundation Unveils Dream Plaza at Hotel Californian

Posted on Jun 7 by SEASONS Magazine

The Dream Plaza unveiling event at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

The Dream Plaza unveiling event at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

Dream Foundation, the Santa Barbara-based organization that annually serves nearly 2,500 final dreams for terminally-ill adults, has been gifted the private plaza in front of the newly reconstructed and historic Hotel Californian. The hotel plays a key role in the revitalization of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The plaza sits at the corner of State and Mason Streets and is comprised of 1,140 stones available to be dedicated with an elegant name engraving for a tax-deductible gift to the foundation. One lead donor will have the exclusive opportunity to name the plaza itself.

L-R: Elizabeth Slaught, Dream Foundation Board Member Daryl Stegall, Mary Kirkhart at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

L-R: Elizabeth Slaught, Dream Foundation Board Member Daryl Stegall, Mary Kirkhart at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

The Dream Plaza, as it’s known now, will be an oasis in the center of a bustling district which serves as a connection between the Wharf Waterfront and Downtown. In addition to the Funk Zone, the plaza is a gateway to Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail. The plaza plays host to a variety of different events and its distinctive stones will be a place to revisit for generations to come.

Austin Herlihy, Mark Kirkhart, Doug Margerum, Luke Ebbin (Dream Foundation Board Member) at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

Austin Herlihy, Mark Kirkhart, Doug Margerum, Luke Ebbin (Dream Foundation Board Member) at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

Michael Rosenfeld, owner of the Hotel Californian, is responsible for gifting the plaza to the Dream Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to Michael Rosenfeld for his generous gift to Dream Foundation and our beloved community,” says Kenny Slaught, Dream Foundation’s Chairman of the Board. “He has given us an opportunity to connect with the place that Dream Foundation calls home and fulfill thousands of final Dreams across the country.”

“Hotel Californian and I are thrilled to partner with Dream Foundation who bring so much light to this community and families they serve,” says Michael Rosenfeld. “The Dream Plaza will represent a gathering place and lasting memory for donors and loved ones to share for years to come.”

Dream Foundation’s Board, Dream Foundation’s CEO, Kisa Heyer & Hotel Californian’s Owner, Michael Rosenfeld at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

Dream Foundation’s Board, Dream Foundation’s CEO, Kisa Heyer & Hotel Californian’s Owner, Michael Rosenfeld at the Dream Plaza unveiling at Hotel Californian. Photo courtesy Dream Foundation.

It’s at this time that patrons of the Dream Foundation can buy stones in the plaza to support the charity. The funds raised through the dedication of each stone will support Dream Foundation programs including its flagship Dream Program that fulfills the end-of-life dreams of terminally-ill adults who lack the resources to fulfill their dream on their own. The Dream Foundation has a number of additional programs including its Dream On Their Own Program, its Dreams for Veterans Program which serves veterans who served both in times of war and peace, its Dream Toy Program that sends toys to our dreamers’ children who are coping with impending loss, and its Flower Empower Program that delivers fresh floral bouquets to local residents facing illness, loss or recovery.

For more information, please visit the Dream Foundation website.

—Josh T. Meadows

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