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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the Day Dreams Foundation this year. We surpassed our $1,000 goal to print marketing materials and applications. In December alone, we have already raised $800 online! For a brand new non-profit, that’s unbelievable. The most encouraging thing has been when I receive email notifications about new donations and I don’t recognize the name of the donor. It’s one thing for your friends and family to support your cause, but it’s another thing entirely when the general public starts to back the organization. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Here’s what donor Barbara Peterson had to say when she made her donation:

I was so excited to learn about your new Day Dreams Foundation. When I was 10 years old, one of my friends played Khoury League softball and wanted me to join her team. Her dad was actually the coach. My mother, who was raising five kids by herself, couldn’t afford the registration fee. Her father paid my entry fee. That small gesture changed the arc of my life in so many positive ways. I have never forgotten his kindness.

DayDreamsPromosThere are so many kids in our Columbia community who are in need of a similar opportunity. We strongly believe that participating in an extracurricular activity can have a tremendous impact on a child’s development.

Applications for our scholarships will launch on January 1, 2015. Please help us hit the ground running and award as many scholarships as possible in the New Year. We’ve launched a bold new fundraising campaign for the last six days of 2014. We’re hoping to raise $2,014 before 2015 starts! If you hadn’t heard, our IRS tax exempt status was approved, so all donations are tax deductible! Please consider making a donation today!

– Joe Bradley, Day Dreams Foundation President

 

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Tribune Article

The Day Dreams Foundation was featured in a December 16, 2014 article on the front page of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click the link at the bottom to read the rest of the article.

Charity aims to help finance costs of extracurricular activities for children

BY Roger McKinney

A new not-for-profit organization in Columbia wants to help young people get involved in extracurricular activities by removing the costs that prevent many of them from doing so.

The Day Dreams Foundation, formed in September, received its designation as a public charity from the IRS on Nov. 20, making donations to the organization tax-deductible.

Bradley said he knew the Voluntary Action Center offered $50 scholarships, but was unaware of any organization that would offer the full $135.

Continue Reading… 

Charity aims to help finance costs of extracurricular activities for children

TribuneFrontPageDecember 16, 2014

By Roger McKinney — Columbia Daily Tribune

A new not-for-profit organization in Columbia wants to help young people get involved in extracurricular activities by removing the costs that prevent many of them from doing so.

The Day Dreams Foundation, formed in September, received its designation as a public charity from the IRS on Nov. 20, making donations to the organization tax-deductible.

Bradley said he knew the Voluntary Action Center offered $50 scholarships, but was unaware of any organization that would offer the full $135.

Continue Reading… 

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Trivia Night Recap

On Thursday night, the Day Dreams Foundation hosted our first public event and fundraiser, a Trivia Night at Columbia Country Club. When our board of directors began planning this trivia night in late October, we figured we could get enough of our friends in the door to raise a few hundred dollars. As I looked out on the packed ballroom of people Thursday night, the most encouraging sight to see was that I only recognized about half the faces in the room. In just a little more than two months, the word about our organization and trivia night had spread far enough to fill a room. Friends drove in from St. Louis just to support our cause. By the end of the night, after paying for our expenses, we had brought in north of $2,500 for the Day Dreams Foundation. It was almost overwhelming and I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to be a part of something.

The Trivia Night consisted of 10 categories with 10 questions each. Topics ranged from kids’ movies and books to Missouri sports and logos. The winning team was “Fat People are Harder to Kidnap” led by our good friend Scott Evans who has MC’d the trivia nights at Quinton’s for the past two years. They chose the Shakespearience for eight as their prize. In second place was “Team Ellen Rocks” made up of several staff members at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. They won a VIP Tour and Tasting for 10 and eight bottles of wine from Les Bourgeois Vineyards. Liz Raine was the winner of the Heads/Tails game and took home a $50 Shakespeare’s Pizza gift certificate and t-shirt. Board member Kelley Burns won the 50/50 raffle and generously donated the $140 prize back to the foundation.

A special thanks goes out to the companies who sponsored a round: Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy (2 rounds), Veteran’s United, St. Thomas More Newman Center and the Order of Dominicans. Also, thank you to the following businesses/individuals/organizations for donating prizes and/or silent auction items: Shakespeare’s Pizza, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Columbia Country Club, Mo X, Plume, Missouri River Wine Trail, Socket, Gunter Hans, Missouri Bacon and Bourbon Festival, Canvas on Broadway, Randy and Meg Lang, and Kaye Huch. Finally, thank you to our amazing board of directors who worked incredibly hard to make the trivia night possible.

With the money we raised, the Day Dreams Foundation is excited to get to work now getting our applications for scholarships into the hands of the kids who need it. As fun as it is to bring in money, we can’t wait to give it away! If you know of a child you think would qualify for one of our scholarship, please let them know about the Day Dreams Foundation. Thank you again to everyone who made our first fundraiser such a success!

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Trivia Night Prizes and Silent Auction

If you’re coming to our Trivia Night on Thursday, check out the following items that will be awarded to winners or available to bid on in a silent auction.

Trivia Prizes

  • Shakespearience for 8 at Shakespeare’s Pizza — $209 value
  • VIP Winery Tour and Tasting for 10 and 8 bottles of wine from Les Bourgeois — $196 value

Silent Auction Items

  • 4 tickets to the Missouri Bacon and Bourbon Festival on Jan. 24 — $100 value
  • 2 $10 off coupons, 2 drink tokens, a stock painting and a $20 gift card at Canvas on Broadway — $75 value
  • 4 tickets to the Missouri River Wine Trail — $80 value
  • 2 $50 gift certificates for Socket — $100 value
  • 2 certificates for Mo X shuttle rides
  • 4 rounds of golf at Columbia Country Club with Cart — $300 value
  • Girls’ Morning Out at Plume — Pastries and coffee for 8 plus a $20 gift card
  • 2 50-yard-line tickets to a 2015 Mizzou football game
  • Mizzou-themed basket
  • Lottery ticket-themed basket
  • $25 gift certificate to Günter Hans

Heads/Tails Game

  • $50 gift certificate to Shakespeare’s
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Trivia Night

We are excited to announce that our Kickoff Fundraiser will be a Trivia Night on Thursday, December 4! The event will be held in the ballroom at Columbia Country Club.Doors will open at 6 p.m. with trivia starting at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $200 per team (max of 8 players). Individuals may sign up for $25 and will be placed on a team. Sign up is available online HERE.

Appetizers are included and there will be a cash bar available. Trivia will consist of ten rounds of ten questions each. There will be a prize for the winning team as well as raffle prizes and silent auction items.

We are also looking for event sponsors. The presenting sponsorship is available for $500 or you can sponsor a round for $100. If you are interested in a sponsorship or have any questions about the event, please contact daydreamsfoundation@gmail.com.

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We’re Official!

Today, the Day Dreams Foundation received word from the State of Missouri that we are officially incorporated as a nonprofit corporation. Our next step will be to apply for our tax-exempt status through the IRS. We’re hoping to raise the $850 application fee in the coming weeks. We also had our annual meeting and elected our Officers and Board of Directors. They are listed below. We’re so excited about this new venture!

Day Dreams Foundation Officers:

President and Treasurer: Joe Bradley

Vice President: Victor Tran

Secretary: Ellen Huch

Board Members:

Elly Lang

Mallory Lang

Justin Light

Marcus Williams

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