About

Founded in 1984 by local businessman Kostas Kalogeropoulos Dream Come True fulfills the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill and reside in the Greater Lehigh Valley PA area. The children are between the ages of 4 and 17 years old. Dream Come True is unique in that we are a local organization that fulfill dreams for serious and chronic illnesses not just terminal ones. We also offer dream recipients, college scholarships and funeral expenses.

With our first dream for Jamie in 1984 to Disney World, Dream Come True has brought smiles and special moments to over 1,150 ill children and their families. Serving the local area for 24 years we have touched the lives of many sick children. We strive to give them hope and help them get away from their daily trials and tribulations regarding their illness. We let them have the chance to dream.

Our first year we fulfilled two dreams. Currently we fulfill 30 dreams annually and on the mission page

FAQs

Can anyone refer a child?

Yes, even the child themselves.  Anyone can refer a child by either writing to or calling.

Are there age requirements on a dream?

Yes, we grant dreams for children who are between the ages of 4 and 17.

Do you have any employees?

Yes, one part time paid staff member, our Executive Director. Everyone else is volunteer.

Who fulfills the dreams?

We have a 25 member volunteer board of directors and a crew of volunteers who dedicate themselves to granting dreams.

Who can receive a dream?

Any child living in the Lehigh Valley area between the ages of 4 – 17 who have a life threatening illness or an illness that has significantly altered their lifestyle. We serve children from all income levels.

Are there any restrictions on a dream?

Dream Come True has specific policies and guidelines for granting dreams. Our volunteers work closely with the children’s medical team to determine if a dream is feasible. Dream must also fall within our financial limits. Dream Come True does not fulfill dreams for firearms, ATV’s, cars, vans, cash, mortgages or rent. We also will not fulfill dreams for construction or remodeling and in ground swimming pools.

Does Dream Come True Telemarket?

No, Dream Come True never telemarkets. A direct mailing is sent only once a year.

What are the most requested dreams?

Disney World is the most popular dream. Dreams such as meeting entertainers, sports figures, trips, cruises, redecorated bedrooms and computer systems are also popular.

Where is your office located?

We believe in low overhead so most of our volunteers work from their home. We do not staff our office but have an answering machine. We believe in an intimate setting when dealing with our families so we visit them in their homes.

Sources of funding?

Dream Come True relies on individual donations, business sponsorships, corporate giving, grants, planned giving, memorial tributes and various fund raising events. Dream Come True also relies on in kind contributions to help us lower the costs of dreams. We do not solicit via the telephone or door to door.

Are contributions tax deductible?

Dream Come True is a 501(3)(c) charitable organization and your contribution may be tax deductible as provided by IRS regulations.

Our Board

2021 OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS

Linda Beidler – President

Greg Ligenza – Second Vice President

Daryl Hendricks – First Vice President

Sam Darrohn – Treasurer

Mary Persichetti – Corresponding Secretary

Ronnie Stroh – Recording Secretary

Scott Greisemer – Past President

Kostas Kalogeropoulos – Founder

Dr. Tony Ardire

Doe Levan

Vicki Bennett

Dr. Tony Dimick

Diana Gaul

Mike Seibert

Nick Yeager

Matthew Blum

Rayann Vasko – Executive Director

Number of Dreams:

1,255 AS OF DECEMBER 2020

Number of Dreams:

1,255 AS OF DECEMBER 2020

Number of Dreams:

1,255 AS OF DECEMBER 2020

Number of Dreams:

1,255 AS OF DECEMBER 2020

Demographics

Number of Dreams: 1,255 AS OF DECEMBER 2020 – 23 DREAMS FULFILLED IN 2019

Geographical Location:

Allentown – 268
Lehigh County – 228
Bethlehem – 170
Easton – 1111
Other Northampton County – 185
Stroudsburg/E Stroudsburg – 32
Berks County – 29
Bucks County – 46
Montgomery County – 30
Warren County NJ – 41
Other Monroe County – 15
Carbon County – 57
SchuylKill County – 21
Luzerene County – 16
Pike County – 1

Number of Children who passed away in 2019: 10

Illnesses:
Cancer – Non Leukemia – 296
Kidney Disease – 41
Leukemia – 164
AIDS/HIV – 16
Cystic Fibrosis – 67
Other Life Altering – 368
Muscular Dystrophies – 62
Cerebral Palsy – 103
Heart Ailments – 55
Diabetes – 19
Spina Bifida – 59

The Dreams we have offered:

Disneyworld
Disneyland
Bahamas – Paradise Island
Pat Robertson
Bush Gardens/Virginia Beach
Helen Hayes
Large Screen TV
Strasburg Railroad
Space Camp
Touch Talker Communication Aid
Kennedy Space Center
Horse and Tack
Pony
Set Guns and Roses Rock Band
Meet Harrison Ford
Horse Therapy Lessons
Jack Nicklaus
NY Yankees
US National Park Tour
Legoland in CA
Starmus Conference/Steven Hawking
Video Gaming System
Sailfishing Fishing Trip – Florida Keys
Met Stef Curry – Golden State Warriors
Great Wof Lodge
Marco Island Florida
Las Vegas/Grand Canyon

Bob Barker
Luke Perry
Salt Water Aquarium
Leslie Collier, Ballerina
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Visit Relatives/Navy Seals
Mariah Carey
Swim with Dolphins
Britney Spears
Hulk Hogan
Korea to Visit Relatives
Duke University to meet Coach K
Australia
Kiss – Rock Band
Andy Rodman – Tennis
John Cena – WWE
Disney Cruises
Hawaii
National Geographic Alaska Cruise
Ski Trip
Disney Cruise
Dancing with the Stars
Spent Day at Ralph Lauren Offices
Visited set of Hot Rod Garage
Trip to Chicago
Met Band 21 Pilots in Atlantic City

Clarinet
Backstage Captain Planet
Cabinetmaking Equip
Baywatch Set
Bass Fishing Boat
San Francisco
JK Rowlings
Cast of Myth Busters
Cast of High School Musical
New Kids on the Block Band
Oakland Raiders
GI Joe for 2 Days
Super Bowl Game
Ian Sanderholder
Author John Green
Mike Trout – LA Angels
Cruises
Shopping Sprees
Philadelphia Eagles
NY Giants
Grammy Awards
NJ Shore
Kalahari Resort
Attended Winter X Games in Aspen
Golden Retriever Puppy