Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Ten Year Anniversary Note

April 15th, 2017

Hi everybody, it's Hannah Button, and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your support. I also wanted to update our newer supporters with where we are currently in regards to our projects with Dream of a Better World.

As most of you know, Dream of a Better World was founded almost ten years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, our first project was to write a fundraising cookbook to raise money for breast cancer research.  I am happy to report that she is doing well and we have not stopped volunteering and fundraising since then.  Thanks to Amazon, the book is still available and raising money  today!

Since then, we have raised over $300,000 in donations of money and needed items.  And, we have  completed over 50 projects, including at least one on every single continent. We have partnered with orphanages in Africa, South America, and Asia. We have worked with charities devoted to making safe places for abused women, tracking and conserving endangered species, establishing
homes and providing medical care for wounded or ill military families, finding shelters (an eventually, homes) for all types of animals, feeding the homeless, and everything in between. None of that would have been done without your support.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank some other very important people who have devoted countless hours to not only helping us dream big, but also by helping to pursue those dreams. Dreams of providing children with clean water, and of helping dogs find forever homes, and of injured or sick veterans receive the medical care they need while surrounded by the people they love. Dreams of a better world.

To Max and Natalie Burrous, and to Ruby and Emma Bowser. You have made our California team great, and have provided us with so many opportunities to help around your community, your state, and the world. Your love for animals and the environment have inspired us in more ways than you know.

To Elizabeth Lyons-Best, Madison Yamamura,
Shania and Rylyne Bravo, Logan Knight, and all of the other IPA volunteers. Your enthusiasm for every project we undertake gives us all hope that we can truly make the world better.  You all have some of the most giving and loving hearts to have ever existed. Your ability to see problems around you, then go out and make the change that you want to see in the world reminds me of why we started Dream of a Better World in the first place.

And of course, thank you to our entire community of supporters, volunteers and worldwide partners. You do so much to help our world, and you are always excited to see what you can do next. Our community of supporters is constantly growing, and with that, the amount of change that we can make is expanding.

Thank you for inspiring us all to be enthusiastic, generous, determined DREAMERS!