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The Central Missouri Dream Factory is an all-volunteer chapter of a national organization that grants wishes of critically and chronically ill children.
Chapter Founded: 1984
Dreams grants: more than 450
Children who qualify must be between 3 and 18 years old and suffer from a critical or chronic illness. Dreams granted in the past have included shopping sprees and trips to New York and Disney World.
The geographic area of coverage is roughly Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson City, Boonville and surrounding areas. While The Dream Factory Inc. began in 1980 on a national level, the Central Missouri chapter was founded in Fulton in 1984. Since 1984 the Central Missouri chapter has granted more than 450 dreams to local children.
In addition to dreams, the Central Missouri chapter provides several continuing contact events throughout the year, such as trips to major league baseball games and an annual holiday party. These events allow the chapter to provide continued support to children and their families dealing with medical issues.
The board is made up of five elected positions: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and chapter representative. Additionally, the board consists of up to 20 volunteer positions. The main task of volunteers is making the dreams come true for the children. This begins with a home visit (when applicable), then setting up the entire dream. Dreams typically include the immediate family living with the child, and all expenses are covered.
Funding for the central Missouri chapter is obtained through donations and fundraisers. Historically, more than 90 percent of all funds have gone directly to the kids. Major fundraisers include an annual golf tournament, poker tournament, trivia night and Corvette Cup.
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Updated: March 25, 2012