Welcome Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Visit our Contact Us Page
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2014 Events
Past Events

Thank you to our participants, event chairs, sponsors, donors, supporters, and volunteers.  Your energy, enthusiasm and participation pushes our efforts forward and help us to achieve the DREAM!

New York City Half Marathon - Sunday, March 16, 2014

Debbie's Dream Foundation has 5 guaranteed entries in the NYC Half on March 16, 2014!  If you are interested in running on our team, sponsoring the team or a runner, making a donation, volunteering, or for more information click on the link below.

February 28, 2014 - 1st Annual Stomach Cancer Congressional Capitol Hill Briefing
2nd Annual Capitol Hill Advocacy Day - Thursday, February 27, 2014

We were 57 advocates including survivors, patients, families, caregivers, friends, and other supporters as we urged legislators to support the fight for a cure!  You can still get involved in this opportunity to tell members of Congress how important it is to support funding for stomach cancer research.  To add your voice to this effort, contact us at Events@DebbiesDream.org.

5th Annual Night of Laughter - Sunday, February 9, 2014 - SOLD OUT!!

400 attendees packed into the Improv Comedy Club at the Hollywood Hard Rock Casino, Florida to laugh together for a great cause which raised over $25,000.  The raffle prizes were phenomenal ranging up to $5,000 in value.  The comedians were hilarious and it was extra funny to see the comedian involve some of the attendees!  Stand Up Sponsor Stewart Lapayowker tore up the stage with his comedy and in his dashing black on black outfit.  Kudos to Chair Sheri Albert and her committee for another incredible evening!

Dream Team in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon - Sunday, February 2, 2014

Join our 4th Annual DDF Dream Team running in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. For more details, please contact us at (954) 475-1200 or send an email to Events@DebbiesDream.org.

Discount Codes:
DDFMIA14F        $10 Off the Full Marathon
DDFMIA14H       $5 Off the Half Marathon

To join our DDF Dream Team, click on the link below and remember to select Debbie's Dream Foundation under group affiliation on the registration form to join our Dream Team.

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To become a fundraiser for the Dream Team go to http:// http://www.active.com/donate/2014DreamTeam

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Dream Team Miami Marathon Kick-Off Party - Friday, January 31, 2014

Location: Bokampers
                Plantation, Florida
Time:       5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DDF Dream Team Miami Marathon & Half Marathon participants, their friends and family, sponsors, supporters, Board members, and donors gather in anticipation of our team running either the half or the full marathon on Sunday!  Enjoy free appetizers, free participant race packet pick-up, and a free race shirt.  Go team!

2013 Events
Georgetown University GI Cancer Symposium - Friday & Saturday, December 6-7, 2013

Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer

Debbie's Dream Foundation is partnering with the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center for this innovative and informational symposium gastrointestinal cancers and will include molecular profiling and a patient symposium.

Location:
The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GastroIntestinal Cancers
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Register online at http://advancement.georgetown.edu/symposium2013
For more information: Events@DebbiesDream.org or (954) 475-1200

November 2013 Debbie's Dream Jewels with Chloe + Isabel

Shop Chloe + Isabel the entire month of November and 10% of proceeds will go to Debbie's Dream Foundation.  What a great way to get all of your holiday shopping done, and for a great cause!  Chloe + Isabel has a lifetime guarantee and a 30 day return policy.  For more information email Events@DebbiesDream.org or call 954-475-1200.  Click here to shop:

November - Curing Stomach Cancer Month

Although we hold stomach cancer awareness activities and events all year long, November is a great time to raise awareness about stomach cancer!  We encourage you to meet your family and friends on a walk, at a bowling alley, at a movie, etc but to so in your Debbie's Dream periwinkle power shirt to raise awareness about stomach cancer.  Take photos of you and your Debbie's Dream Team and send them to us for us to post on our social media sites to raise even more awareness.  To purchase items, go to our Shop DDF page on our website.

It is easy to get involved! Contact us at Events@DebbiesDream.org or at (954) 475-1200 for information or ideas about an event or to connect up to others in your area.

Gae Rogers Lia Sophia Party - November 29, 2013

Maryland Chapter Founder Gae Rogers hosted friends and family in person and online for shopping for something sparkly with lia sophia® designs to raise funds to find a cure for stomach cancer.

Webinar: The Role of Nutrition for the Gastrectomy Patient - November 20, 2013

Discussion topics for optimal nutrition for those who have had a partial or total gastrectomy including appetite changes, minimizing weight loss, maintaining nutritional status, reflux, fat intolerance, nutrient deficiencies, lactose intolerance, and Dumping Syndrome.

International Stomach Cancer Jeans Day - Friday, November 15, 2013

Do you want to wear jeans to work, school or play and at the same time raise money for stomach cancer research?  You can!  Where ever you are anywhere in the world, speak to your boss, co-workers, friends, teachers, etc to get permission to wear jeans for payment of $5.00.  All proceeds collected will go to Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer.  It is that easy!  Tell us that you are participating and we will post you and your company, school or group on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media pages.  Take photos of everyone who participated and send those to use as well for the posts.

Webinar: The Role of Nutrition for Stomach Cancer - November 6, 2013

Discussion topics for optimal nutrition before and during cancer treatment including appetite changes, minimizing weight loss, maintaining nutritional status, protein and fluids, nutrient deficiencies, changes in taste, digestive concerns, and symptom management.

3rd Annual Cocktails & Cupcakes - Saturday, November 2, 2013

Location:
The Recording Industry of America 
1025 F. Street, NW, 10th Floor 
Washington, D.C. 20004 

Time: 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm 
Attire: Dress to party! 

Inspired cocktails, decadent sweets, music by the Pietasters, and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes.

Event Co-Chairs Steven Marks and Suzanne Morrell

Admission:
$40.00 per ticket and 2 for $75.00
Under 30 and Student Admission - $30.00
Payment at the door is still available.  Online ticket purchases are no longer available.

Event Invitation

For more information, to get involved, to be a sponsor, or to attend, contact us at (954) 475-1200 or email us at Events@DebbiesDream.org.

New Jersey 3rd Annual 5k For Jenni - Sunday, October 20, 2013

For the 3rd year in a row, Chairs Nicole Woodward and Keri Lippman organized a 5k run/walk in memory of Nicole's childhood friend Jennifer Zambrana who passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 28 years old. Nicole and Keri hope to make a difference for other stomach cancer patients in Jennifer's memory. Please join us in this wonderful tribute.

Location:
Marlboro High School
95 N Main St
Marlboro Township, NJ 07746


Time:  9:00 am

$25 Entry, dry – fit shirt and 5 raffle tickets – BEST VALUE! (Email your shirt size and contact info to Events@DebbiesDream.org)
$20 Entry and dry - fit shirt(Email your shirt size and contact info to Events@DebbiesDream.org)
$15 Entry fee
$10 for additional shirts (Email your shirt size and contact info to Events@DebbiesDream.org)
$10 for 5 raffle tickets
$3 per additional raffle ticket

 

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For more information please contact either:

Nicole Woodward
(732) 648-1436
nikkiwood1012@gmail.com

Debbie's Dream Foundation
(954) 475-1200
Events@DebbiesDream.org

 

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Be Bold, Be Bald - October 18, 2013

WHO WILL YOU GO BALD FOR?

Debbie's Dream Foundation participated in this unique worldwide fundraiser to honor cancer patients and raise money to fight the disease.  Participants purchased bald caps and wore them for the entire day in honor of patients fighting cancer or
in memory of someone.

Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K - September 8, 2013

Our Dream Team ran the Chicago Half Marathon.  We are very proud of their accomplishment and thank them for their participation and support!

Macy's Shop For A Cause - August 24, 2013

Debbie's Dream participated in Macy's 8th Annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Many thanks to Macy's for your generosity!

2013 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day

Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer held the first ever Stomach Cancer Capitol Hill Advocay Day in May 2013.  Thirty advocates from sixteen states and Canada attended 61 meetings on the hill which educated legislators about stomach cancer and resulted in a letter from 39 Representatives in the US House and a letter from 5 US Senators to the National Cancer Institute urging that stomach cancer be a higher funding priority.

Click below to view the House letter.

Click below to view the Senate letter.

You can get involved with our advocay efforts by attending our next Advocacy Day.  Click here to get more details:

Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas - May 18, 2013

For the 2nd year in a row, Shannon Tomchin participated in the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in honor of Debbie's Dream Foundation. She combined her passion for fitness with raising awareness about stomach cancer to help achieve DDF's mission. Thank you Shannon!

4th Annual Dream Makers Gala - April 20, 2013

530 guests joined us at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida for an evening of fun, cocktails, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and fun surprises.  Guests were treated to a beautiful cirque Debbie's Dream performance and raised $230,000 toward achieving Debbie's Dream of curing stomach cancer!

3rd Annual Stomach Cancer Symposium - April 20, 2013

Debbie's Dream hosted the third Stomach Cancer Education Symposium at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida.  In person and webcast attendees included patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals and learned about topics like surgical and non-surgical treatments for stomach cancer, radiation, clinical trials, genomics, nutrition and side effect management.

Robert V. Semenza Softball Tournament - April 20, 2013

Friends and family of Robert Semenza remembered him during an annual Softball Tournament with the Moosic/Old Forge League in Pennsylvania.  Events included a Home Run Derby, Wheelbarrow of Cheer Raffle, 50/50 Raffle, face painting, a Time Capsule Ceremony and much more.

2013 NYC Half Marathon - March 17, 2013

We had a Dream Team running in the New York Half Marathon!  We had 6 amazing runners and raised over $7,400!  Way to go!

Dance for Doug - February 23, 2013

The first Dance for Doug was held in Omaha, Nebraska in memory of Doug Ferguson.  Participants got in shape doing Zumba while raising awareness about stomach cancer and funds for research.

4th Annual Night of Laughter at the Improv Comedy Club - February 10, 2013

400 attendees packed into the Improv Comedy Club at the Hollywood Hard Rock Casino, Florida to laugh together for a great cause which raised over $20,000.  The comedians were hilarious, raffle prizes were exciting,the food was delicious, and the company was priceless!

Dream Team Miami ING Marathon Kick-Off Party - January 25, 2013

DDF Dream Team Marathon & Half Marathon participants, their friends and family, sponsors, supporters, Board members, and donors gathered at Bokampers in Plantation, Florida in anticipation of our team running either the half or the full marathon on Sunday!  Attendees were treated to free appetizers, free participant race packet pick-up, and a free race shirt.  Go team!
Dream Team in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon - January 27, 2013

We are so proud of our 60 runners on our 3rd Annual DDF Dream Team running in either the Miami Marathon or Half Marathon. Participants raised over $20,000 and were part of over 10,000 participants.  Many thanks to our numerous and enthusiastic volunteers at our tent who helped with the food and water for the runners, decorated the tent with festive periwinkle balloons, cheered, gave massages, took pictures, and lots more!  Fun was had by all.

2012 Events
A Nose For Clothes Shopping Night - November 29, 2012

Friends gathered and shopped at A Nose For Clothes Boutique in Plantation, Florida during an evening of shopping with a percentage of sales going to Debbie's Dream Foundation.

Santa's Enchanted Forest Fundraising Event - November 20, 2012

Carnival rides and food, face painting, petting zoos, wild animal shows were just some of the fun that Debbie's Dream had at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami, Florida while raising money for a good cause at the same time!  A portion of the ticket price was donated to DDF.

Dream Maker's Gala Kickoff Party - Thursday, November 15, 2012

Attendees enjoyed gourmet food, wine, and D.J. entertainment at South Florida's premier design center as well as a preview a stunning collection of ladies gala attire from designer Zola Keller and a chance to win terrific raffle prizes.
Talking Turkey - Lynch Syndrome Free Webinar - November 14, 2012

Lynch Syndrome is an inherited genetic mutation which increases your chance of getting some cancers like stomach cancer so join Debbie's Dream Foundation and Fight Colorectal Cancer for a free webinar to help you dig into your family's health history about whether cancer may be lurking in your family tree.
Union Restaurant - Gather Around Our Table - November 5, 2012

Patrons enjoyed an evening out and 15% of food sales were donated to Debbie's Dream Foundation - helping the cause by bringing friends and family together.
Be Bold, Be Bald - November 2, 2012

DDF participated in this unique worldwide fundraiser to honor cancer patients and raise money to fight the disease. Participants purchased bald caps to wear for the day in honor of patients fighting cancer or in memory of someone who lost their battle and obtained sponsors to wear the caps. The kids loved this unique tribute.
New Jersey 5k in Memory of Jennifer Zambrana - October 21, 2012

For the 2nd year in a row, Chairs Nicole Friedman and Keri Lippman organized a 5k run/walk in memory of Nicole's childhood friend Jennifer Zambrana who passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 28 years old. Nicole and Keri continue to make a difference for other stomach cancer patients in Jennifer's memory.
Bank of America Chicago Marathon - October 7, 2012

Abby Wilentz is an avid athlete who has completed several ironman competitions. Whenever she competes, she does so on behalf of Debbie's Dream Foundation to raise awareness about stomach cancer for her childhood friend, DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman. Thank you Abby!!
Cartwheels For Cancer - Gendler Swirsky Mitzvah Project - September 23, 2012

Two amazing girls Brittany Gendler and Lexi Swirsky had their mitzvah project to support Debbie's Dream Foundation and the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation with a very creative and fun mitzvah project - Cartwheels For Cancer! They had approximately 60 kids in attendance and they raised over $1,200! Kids are terrific! Thank you so much to the Gendler and Swirsky families and all of the people who supported this creative fundraiser!
Run For Doug - September 8, 2012

The DDF Nebraska Chapter held its 2nd Annual Run For Doug in Omaha, NE in memory of Nebraska Founder Cyndi Ferguson's husband Pastor Doug Ferguson who passed away on June 26, 2011 from stomach cancer and to raise awareness and to fund research. Hundreds of people attended and thousands of dollars were raised in memory of Doug and so many others who have been lost to stomach cancer. Survivors were also honored at the event.
Macy's Shop For A Cause - August 25, 2012

Debbie's Dream participated in Macy's 7th Annual Shop For A Cause benefiting charities nationwide. Many thanks to Macy's for your generosity!
Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas for Debbie's Dream Foundation - May 19, 2012

Shannon Tomchin and Amy Bobotis-Carr are avid supporters of Debbie's Dream Foundation and are in top physical shape. So they combined their two passions and participated in the Ironman Texas to raise awareness about stomach cancer as well as funds for DDF. Way to go ladies!

Cocktail Benefit In Memory of Jennifer Zambrana - May 18, 2012

Our New Jersey North Chapter Founder Nicole Friedman hosted a Cocktail Benefit in memory of her dear friend Jennifer Zambrana who passed away from stomach cancer in October 2011. Nicole's friends and family joined her for cocktails, appetizers, and music. They also had an art exhibit and raised $750 for DDF. Thank you Nicole!

Maryland Mom's Shopping Event held by Gae Rogers - May 12, 2012

Maryland Chapter Founder Gae Rogers hosted her friends and family to raise money for DDF.  They shopped from local vendors who donated a portion of the proceeds to DDF.  Many thanks to Gae, all of the vendors, donors, and attendees. The success of the event was achieved by your hard work, participation, and dedication to our mission!

3rd Annual Dream Makers Gala - April 21, 2012

450 guests joined us at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida for an evening of fun, cocktails, entertainment, live and silent auctions, and fun surprises.  Expect the Unexpected was the theme.  Guests were surprised throughout the evening including a flash mob featuring DDF President and Founder Debbie Zelman and raised $180,000 toward achieving Debbie's Dream of curing stomach cancer!

2nd Annual Stomach Cancer Education Symposium - April 21, 2012

Debbie's Dream hosted the second Stomach Cancer Education Symposium at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida.  In person and webcast attendees included patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals and learned about topics like surgical and non-surgical treatments for stomach cancer, radiation, genetic testing, clinical trials, integrative medicine, side effect management, and how to cope with cancer.

2nd Annual DC Cocktails & Cupcakes - March 24, 2012

The 2nd Annual DC Cocktails and Cupcakes was held in Washington, DC at the Recording Industry Association of America. Event Co-Chairs Steven Marks and Suzanne Morrell provided inspired cocktails, decadent sweets, festive entertainment by the PieTasters, and the chance to win fabulous prizes for 150 guests. It was an incredible event!

3rd Annual Night of Laughter at the Improv Comedy Club - March 4, 2012

With 400 tickets sold, awesome raffles, and hysterical comedians, all attendees had lots of laughs at the Debbie's Dream Foundation 3rd Annual Night of Laughterin Hollywood, Florida. Many thanks to Co-Chairs Sheri Albert and Craig Konhauzer, all attendees and our sponsors.  Your support helps DDF raise the funds needed to help patients, raise awareness, and FIND A CURE!!!

Dream Team in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon - January 29, 2012

DDF had its 2nd Annual Dream Team run in the Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.  We had 54 runners who all were runnin down a DREAM!  DDF Dream Team participants received a complimentary training program, training tips, race packet pick-up, race shirt, kick-off happy hour, food, beverages and goodies at the event tent, massage table, information on hotels, travel, the race, the health & fitness expo, directions and parking, being a spectator, and more. Many thanks to event Chairs Meaghan Kirby and Amy Freund, the Marathon Committee, and our runners, donors, and sponsors who all took part to get healthy to help others get healthy!  We raised over $17,500 from their efforts!

Dream Team Marathon & Half Marathon Kick Off Party - January 27, 2012

All participants, their friends and family, sponsors, supporters, and donors were invited to a Miami Marathon kick-off party at Bokampers in Plantation, Florida.  Attendees were treated to free appetizers, free participant race packet pick-up, received a race shirt, and participated in a DDF Dream Team picture.  Fun was had by all and spirits were raised for our runners to run in either the half or the full marathon on Sunday!

Rick Case Acura 50 Years of Rockin' & Rollin' - January 14, 2012

The Rick Case Automotive Group held its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Signature Grand and selected Debbie's Dream Foundation to benefit from this exciting celebration. A fun-filled evening started with a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and then continued with live entertainment, dancing, with a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles and Beach Boys with Master of Ceremony Tony Segreto. The event was sold out and all proceeds went to the benefiting charities with over $42,000 going to DDF. Many thanks to Rick and Rita Case and our sponsors!

2011 Events
Santa's Enchanted Forest Night with DDF - November 23, 2011

Debbie's Dream Foundation hosted a night of fun at Santa's Enchanted Forest in Miami, Florida, by providing a coupon for $2.00 off admission, and Santa's donated a portion of each ticket to DDF. Everyone had a good time and raised $750 for DDF. Thank you to Santa's for hosting this event for DDF and to all of the supporters who attended on our behalf!

New Jersey 5K by Nicole Friedman in honor of Jennifer Zambrana - November 19 , 2011

Nicole Friedman hosted a 5K in memory of her dear friend Jennifer Zambrana who battled with stomach cancer for over 3 years.  Jenni was only given 6 months to live but it did not stop her from living. She traveled all over including Spain to see family. She put together her own business and researched her illness.  She was always in high spirits, loved life, and only wanted to live it.  Jenni is an inspiration to all and Nicole hosted this event in her memory and as a tribute to her life to benefit Debbie's Dream Foundation!  Over 20 people attended and the event raised over $700.00.

Westside Regional Medical Center, Plantation General Hospital, and Footprints Night with the Doctors - November 9, 2011

Westside Regional Medical Center, Plantation General Hospital, and Footprints held the second Night with the Doctors in Plantation, Florida to benefit DDF.  The event was chaired by Sheri Rosenberg.  Attendees mingled with local doctors to ask health related questions, there was a terrific raffle, shopping at Footprints and Angelic Accents who both donated a percentage of their sales to DDF, and scrumptious food was provided by The Mustard Seed Bistro. Thank you for an amazing event!

New York "Shop for a Cause" Event - October 13, 2011

Chairperson Tammy Caress had the 3rd Annual New York DDF Shopping Event at which she served delicious food and had friends over to shop in New York for BUTTER TEASE, LEMON, Playdate NYC, Appaman, City Threads, Tailgate, Confetti and Friends, I Scream, Bling Affair, Little Traveler, American Apparel, Red Jacket, Charm School, Malibu Sugar, D Xtreme, and Little Leal Leggings. Vendors gave a percentage of their sales to Debbie's Dream Foundation. Thank you to Tammy for arranging this event and for raising over $1,600 for DDF!

Angelic Accents Shopping Event - September 24, 2011

During September, 2011, Angelic Accents sold raffle tickets for a beautiful gift basket valued at $420 and gave all raffle ticket proceeds to DDF. On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Sophia, the generous owner, donated 10% of all store sales to DDF. Through their fundraising efforts, Angelic Accents made $718 for DDF! Thank you so much for your generosity and to the wonderful helpers in the store: Sherie, Trish, Virgie, and Gabriele. In addition, all year long if you mention DDF at the time of your purchase, the store will donate 10% of the sale to DDF.

Wells Fargo Community Partners Breakfast Honoring DDF - August 30, 2011

DDF was chosen for the second year in a row as the Wells Fargo Community Partner recipient charity for Plantation, Florida Branch and was honored at the Wells Fargo Community Partner Breakfast. DDF is happy to partner with Wells Fargo in its efforts to assist in our mission!

1st Annual Stomach Cancer Education Symposium - May 7, 2011

Debbie's Dream Foundation held the first ever Stomach Cancer Education Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lectures were given about stomach cancer, clinical trials, integrative medicine, genetics and surgical and non-surgical treatment options.  All lectures were video taped and can be accessed on our website along with the slide presentations.  Speakers were from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Holy Cross Hospital Biennes Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  The Symposium informed and supported stomach cancer patients, families, and caregivers to help them navigate through the diagnostic and treatment periods; and helped them better manage their cancer and treatment-related symptoms. Patients, families, and caregivers attended in person or via live webcast from around the world.
2nd Annual Dream Makers Gala - May 6, 2011

Over 400 people attended our 2nd Annual Dream Makers Gala which raised over $160,000 for stomach cancer research, support and awareness efforts.  The Gala co-chairs Jennifer & Stuart Kapp and Jason & Debi Chalik arranged for a terrific silent auction, a live auction by David Samson from the Florida Marlins, the smooth sounds of Full Throttle, beautiful decor by Dalsimer Altas, captivating speakers Brad Meltzer and Dr Kathleen Wesa, and a beautiful venue at The Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2nd Annual Night of Laughter - January 30, 2011

For the 2nd year in a row, the Hollywood Hard Rock Improv Comedy Club was sold out with 400 people in attendance all laughing together for a good cause. Co-chairs Craig Konhauzer and Sheri Albert made sure that every one in attendance had lots of laughs and were also impressed with the terrific raffle prizes that were available. Many thanks to the co-chairs, attendees, sponsors and donors. Through your involvement and support, our dream really will come true!

Dream Team in Miami Marathon & Half Marathon - January 30, 2011

The first ever Debbie's Dream Team comprised of over 20 runners ran in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and raised over $15,000. Thank you to Event Chair Meaghan Kirby, volunteers, our runners and sponsors!

2010 Events
Footprints, Westside Regional Medical Center and Plantation General Hospital Night with the Doctors Fundraising Event - November 10, 2010

Westside Regional Medical Center, Plantation General Hospital, and Footprints in Plantation, Florida hosted a Night with the Doctors.  The evening included time to meet and mingle with some local doctors to ask health related questions.  It also included delicious food donated by the Mustard Seed Bistro, amazing raffles, and lots of shopping!  Thank you to event Chair Sheri Rosenberg, the volunteers, and to the many vendors in the shopping center who stayed open late to accommodate the shoppers and then donated a portion of the night's sales proceeds to DDF.

1st Annual Cocktails & Cupcakes Event in Washington DC - October 2, 2010

Over 100 people mixed and mingled at the 1st Annual DDF Cocktails and Cupcakes event at the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, D.C. The attendees had signature cocktails, a silent auction, cupcakes galore, festive entertainment by Hip Hop Dan of Missile Command and the chance to win fabulous raffle prizes. Thank you to event Co-Chairs were Suzanne Morrell and Steven Marks, speaker Dr Michael Choti of Johns Hopkins University, volunteers, sponsors, attendees, and donors who helped to make this such a successful and fun event which raised over $15,000.

1st Annual Dream Makers Gala - May 14, 2010

A Night to Remember! Over 350 people filled a packed room at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Miami, Florida. The Gala was a spectacular over-sold event co-chaired by Jennifer Kapp and Julie Cornfeld. There were magnificent silent and live auction items, music from Full Throttle, spectacular decor from Dalsimer Atlas and goody bags which included yummy personalized cupcakes from We Take the Cake. The Newport Beachside went all out from the delectable food to the ice sculptures on the dessert tables. No detail was missed. Over $150,000 was made from the ground-breaking event!

Mount Everest Climb - May 10, 2010

For the 2nd time, Jill Guttman climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest in honor of Debbie's Dream Foundation. This time she carried the DDF banner with her. Lakpa Sherpa, who is just 18 years old, carried the DDF banner to the TOP of Mount Everest. Way to go Jill and Lakpa!

New Jersey Shopping Event - April 29, 2010

Randi Weller Kochman arranged for several vendors to come to her house so her friends could spend the evening shopping together. They had a really enjoyable evening which included terrific raffles. The vendors donated a portion of the proceeds as well and altogether, Randi raised over $2,500.00. Thank you Randi!

1st Annual Night of Laughter - January 31, 2010

400 people filled the room at the Hollywood Hard Rock Improv Comedy Club for the 1st Debbie's Dream Night of Laughter Fundraiser. Event Co-Chairs Gail DelGaudio and Katie Beinfest worked really hard on the event and raised over $8,000.

2009 Events
A Nose for Clothes Shopping Event - December 27, 2009

Co-chairs Tammy Caress and Hope Plevy arranged to have an enjoyable day of shopping at this hip ladies boutique in Plantation, Florida and the store agreed to donate 10% of ALL sales from the ENTIRE day to Debbie's Dream whether or not the shopper mentions Debbie's Dream. Everyone had fun and left looking beautiful!

Learning Express Shopping Event - November 6, 2009 - November 8, 2009

Madelyn Zelman arranged for Learning Express in Sunrise, Florida to give a 10% discount to everyone who mentions Debbie's Dream and to also give Debbie's Dream 10% of the sales. 

New York Shopping Event - October 29, 2009

Tammy Caress had vendors, a raffle and delicious food for her friends.  The vendors all agreed to donate a portion of the sales and all of the proceeds from the raffle were donated to Debbie's Dream. Tammy Caress raised $2,500 from a day of shopping and fun with her friends!  Way to go Tammy!

Westside Regional Medical Center Health Fair - October 16, 2009

Debbie's Dream had an exhibit at the Westside Regional Medical Center Health and Competency Fair.  This event was attended by hospital staff and the public.  Thank you to DDF Board Member Madelyn Zelman for attending on behalf of DDF!

Mona's Kids Shopping Event - October 10, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Chairperson Jodi Hahn arranged with this fun, trendy kids clothing store to give 10% off everything in the store and 10% of the purchase to Debbie's Dream in both the Planation and Coral Springs locations during this time.

Westside Regional Medical Center & Dr Charles Lago Colon & Rectal Symposium - September 11, 2009

President and Founder Debbie Zelman received the Humanitarian Award from Dr. Charles Lago and Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida for her outstanding charitable work.

Caress Family Ritz Carlton Super Raffle - May 15, 2009

The Caress Family generously donated a week stay at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne Hotel in Florida. 100 tickets were sold.  The drawing was held at Bokampers in Plantation, Florida where the winning ticket was drawn in front of the entire restaurant of onlookers.  The winners were Debbie and Neil Mesnick from New York.  The fundraiser generated $10,000 as well as a good time for all of those involved! Thank you to the Caress Family!

Sydney Lieberman's Gold Party & Mother's Day Boutique Mitzvah Project - May 3, 2009

Sydney Lieberman held a Gold Party & Mother's Day Boutique in Plantation, Florida for her Mitzvah Project. What an extravaganza! There were almost 200 people in attendance who shopped, sold their gold, bought raffle tickets, ate baked goods, bought toys, volunteered their time to help at the event, and had lots of fun!  Sydney raised approximately $10,000 from the event and then also generated the Super Raffle prize donation which raised $10,000 for a grand total of $20,000. Congratulations to Sydney on this accomplishment and our heartfelt gratitude to you!

Alison Frank Smiley Booth Fundraiser - April 25, 2009

Professional photographer Alison Frank held the first official event for Debbie's Dream Foundation.  To the delight of her guests, Alison unveiled her new Smiley Booth, which was filled with fun glasses, hats and other costume items.  Alison then photographed her adorned guests, who could not help but smile!  There was scrumptious food, cakes and chocolate lollipops, dancing to the musical stylings of Pipe's Party Sounds and everyone got a chance to win terrific raffle prizes.  Alison raised $2,500 through her efforts.

Trekking for Debbie - November 2008

Jill Guttman climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest in Debbie's honor and raised approximately $15,000 through her efforts. Jill's trek was the beginning of what has now become Debbie's Dream Foundation. See Jill's website, blog, and pictures of her trek (including a picture of Jill calling Debbie from a sat phone from the Mount Everest Base Camp) at http://trekkingfordebbie.blogspot.com/

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