NASCAR driver, Alex Kennedy learned about The Dream Factory from one of his media/marketing friends several years ago. He was intrigued with the idea of helping kids through his racing and The Dream Factory seemed like the perfect fit. Alex believes he has been blessed in his life and wants to do what he can to make other children’s dreams come true.
Alex has worked his way up through racing, starting with Motorcross at the age of 8, then to Legends at the age of 12, and eventually NASCAR’s Nationwide Series where he led the field for 6 laps at Watkins Glen in 2012. Alex’s first Sprint Cup Race will be Sunday, June 23rd in Sonoma, CA.
Since learning about The Dream Factory his cars have sported the Dream Factory logo. As a National Ambassador and 2010 winner of The Dream Factory’s Presidential Award, we know Alex has the skills, the talent, the crew, the family, and the support of friends and fans, including The Dream Factory, to accomplish great things at his upcoming races. As he helps make dreams come true for our organization, we hope all his dreams come true on the race track.
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Recording Artist Dalton Cyr Named National Ambassador for The Dream Factory
For Immediate Release: Louisville, KY November, 2013 The Dream Factory, Inc., a national dream fulfilling organization for critically and chronically ill children, announced that award-winning teen recording artist Dalton Cyr has been selected as a National Ambassador for the organization. Cyr, just 13 years old and managed in L.A., is already touring and working on his second album. He has been named one of the most promising songwriters in the world and has fans in 149 countries.
A rising singer/songwriter from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Cyr will be added to the Dream Factory’s list of celebrities who bring big hearts and a commitment to making dreams come true for critically ill and chronically ill children aged 3 through 18 years old. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization which has granted more than 25,000 dreams, is the largest organization to grant dreams to chronically ill children and the second largest children’s wish-granting organization in the United States.
Anne Bunger, National Director and CEO of The Dream Factory Inc., says, “With the exposure that Dalton’s celebrity will bring to our organization, we hope to increase the number of Dream Factory chapters while adhering to the wishes of our founder that it remain a volunteer organization. As a National Ambassador Dalton will help increase our public exposure so that we may locate more children and be able to grant more dreams. In the process, we believe we will attract the attention of individuals who are looking for a rewarding opportunity, as well as national and corporate sponsorship.”
Dream Factory National Board Member, Laura Walitsky approached Cyr with the idea while he was in New York during his East Coast tour this summer. She says, “As a teenager who is overcoming obstacles to beat the odds and make his dreams come true, we believe Dalton has a perspective that will enable him to relate to sick children who face challenges every day and persevere. We are seeking respected, influential, members of our society to help promote our organization and demonstrate to these kids that they can dream big and that dreams can come true. We believe Dalton fits that bill.”
Cyr says, “I’m very honored and proud to represent The Dream Factory. Through my performances for Wolfson Children’s Hospital, I’ve met kids who work so hard just to survive. They inspire me. As a National Ambassador, I hope to help make more dreams come true and inspire people to start Dream Factory chapters when there isn’t one in their city or join in helping existing chapters.”
If you are interested in learning more about The Dream Factory, would like to find out about volunteer opportunities, start a chapter, know a child who may be eligible for a dream, or would like to make a financial contribution, please visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org , email , or call 1-800-456-7556. For more information about Dalton Cyr visit www.daltoncyr.com .
About The Dream Factory: The Dream Factory (a 501(c)(3) organization) is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization devoted to granting the dreams of critically and chronically ill children aged 3 through 18. The Dream Factory operates with 37 chapters and more than 5000 volunteers. Founded in 1980 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the organization does not limit its mission to children who have life-threatening illness. The organization believes that children with chronic illnesses and disorders also suffer from substantial emotional and physical pain. It has grown to become the largest organization to grant dreams to chronically ill children in the United States, and the second largest children’s wish-granting organization. Relying on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the organization accomplishes its mission through cash and in-kind donations along with the help of thousands of volunteers. Ninety percent of all money raised by The Dream Factory is used to grant dreams, a record recognized as a four-star charity, the highest rating given by Charity Navigator. For more information, visit www.dreamfactoryinc.org
About Dalton Cyr: An award winning singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist, Dalton Cyr has toured the East Coast, Midwest and South. His debut 11-song album, “I’ll Be There” was entirely written or co-written by Cyr and songs for his second album, co-written by Cyr, were recorded with multi-platinum producer Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, REM, Ziggy Marley, Phish) and an all-star cast of musicians including drummer Josh Freese (Sting, Guns-n-Roses, Dixie Chicks.) Hand-picked by international talent scouts, he was named one of the world’s most promising songwriters. A high energy performer who instantly captivates audiences with his powerful guitar and intense vocal delivery, his original music uniquely merges pop and rock with infectious hooks, and immediately grabs people’s attention getting them out of their seats. He’s appeared on NBC, ABC, & FOX TV, NPR Radio and multiple radio programs and been featured on the cover of Folio Weekly Magazine, Jacksonville Magazine, Florida Times Union and numerous other newspapers and publications. His music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Google Play and many others. For more information visit www.daltoncyr.com