In 2010, Robin Baine and four other women opened a chapter of Dream Factory to benefit several counties in New Jersey. The national organization, based out of Louisville, Ky., provides dreams to critically and chronically ill children. Baine says Baine Contracting, Inc. in Brick, N.J, helps the Dream Factory chapter by being a supporter of all the events help to raise money for the program.
“We have fundraisers throughout the year, such as Octoberfest, Super 50/50, seeking private donations and more,” Baine says. “We spend time throughout the year at festivals, speaking with Elks, Kiwanis and other groups to make Dream Factory known within the community.”
The average dream the Dream Factory chapter sponsors for the chronically and critically ill children costs between $3,000 and $5,000. Some of the dreams that the group has achiever, Baine says, are arranging for a little girl to pet a cheetah, a young man met Taylor Swift, and several families were sent to Disney. Since the group’s start in 2010, they have funded dreams for 12 children and their families. Dreams 13 and 14, arranging a meet and greet with Lebron James and a singing session with Bruce Springsteen, are in the works.
The national organization has awarded Baine’s Dream Factory chapter the “Most Unusual Dream” award as well as the “Outstanding Chapter” award. But Baine says that providing joy to the children is what it’s all about. “The smile on a child’s face is worth everything. All of our children are living their daily lives with their illnesses –to take them away from that for a short time is what we are all about.”