The Dream Foundation, the first national organization that makes dreams come true for adults in the end stages of life, honored fashion designer Donna Karan with The Founders Award at the 10th Annual Celebration of Dreams on November 18, 2011 at the Bacara Resort and Spa. The Celebration of Dreams event is an incredible night of fashion, entertainment, and fine cuisine benefiting Dream Foundation.
The Founder’s Award was presented to Donna Karan by Barbra Streisand and the Donna Karan Spring 2012 runway show was a highlight of the evening and was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Grammy award-winning singer Macy Gray performed, as well as recording artist and American Idol finalist Pia Toscano, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley of GLEE and recording artist Jackson Guthy.
Actor/Comedian and Dream Foundation supporter, Dan Aykroyd hosted a live auction to help raise money for the foundation. A tribute was made to dream recipients in attendance and the more than 2,000 dreams fulfilled over the year. Donna Karan was honored with the “Founders Award” for her work with the Urban Zen Foundation. Previous recipients included Jeff and Susan Bridges and Rob and Sheryl Lowe.
The Founders Award recognizes excellence in humanitarian efforts on behalf of those facing illness. Dream Foundation and Urban Zen’s Wellness Initiative provide help for those battling illness. Dream Foundation provides basic need items and resources that allow for closure, peace, and happy final memories and Urban Zen creates accessible forms of eastern healing techniques and meditation.
Celebration of Dreams Sponsors include: Saks Fifth Avenue, Donna Karan, ThinkThin, CKE Restaurants, Revelry Event Designers, Bacara Resort & Spa, as well as live auction donors: The World – Residences at Sea, Crystal Cruises, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, Strictly Vacations, American Airlines, Singita Game Reserves & Beyond Africa.