Established in 1993, Founder Margaret Kennedy created the organization in tribute to her friend Tim Falvey. Falvey, struggling with cancer himself, originally founded “Dream Day on the Sound” in Connecticut and before he died in May 1993 he had hoped there would be other Dream Days.
Kennedy carried that hope forward. Drawing on the support of friends, colleagues, and dedicated volunteers, Kennedy made that hope a reality. Over two decades later, Dream Day on Cape Cod has served hundreds of seriously ill children and their families.
Dream Day’s early days were at the Riverview School in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
In 1999 an opportunity opened up for us to lease a camp property in Brewster – on the site of an old campfire girls’ camp. Converting the property to meet the needs of Dream Day families was a challenge and accomplishment met with tremendous support. We built our 9 new cabins at the camp in a one day event dubbed the “Contractor Challenge”. More than 150 people worked to do an old-fashioned barn-raising – with cabins rising out of the woods by day’s end.
In 2008, our 10-year lease was up and we had the opportunity to purchase the land and at last call our special camp our own. Our landlord – the Cape Cod Camp Corporation made a partial donation and an anonymous donor came forward with the remaining purchase price. Owning the 17-plus acres of land will now open up doors of opportunity. Organization officials are meeting with master planners and drafting the physical map, helping realize all of the goals within strategic plan. Plans are presently being laid for a capital campaign. Needless to say, we are thrilled.
Tracey O’Connell Sperry is the new executive director as of August 8th, 2016. Tracey brings more than three decades of nonprofit management experience to the organization, most recently as National Director of Development and Research for the Scleroderma Foundation, a role she held since 2008.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Dream Day on Cape Cod, I am delighted to welcome Tracey as the new executive director,” said Board Chair Joseph Jasie. “We are thrilled to have her join our team and we look forward having her apply her previous knowledge, experience and expertise to assist our operation to grow and expand. She brings an ability to connect with children and families, the community, and an unwavering commitment to and belief in our mission.
“It’s an honor to join the Dream Day family—the work of this organization is both admirable and important,” Sperry said. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to work alongside countless dedicated and passionate volunteers and staff committed to providing families with children who face life-threatening illnesses and or serious conditions a chance for respite and to create loving, lasting memories that transcend the daily struggles they face.”
Tracey is a graduate of Tufts University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has led many workshops on nonprofit management, fund development, communications and marketing strategies and is an award-winning artist and potter.
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Camp Program Director
Julianne Kelleher is the new camp program director as of March 1, 2021.
Julianne has built her career in a variety of roles related to providing health, engagement and developmental care to individuals in need. Since 2016, she has served in a variety of roles within Dream Day on Cape Cod, including Camp Counselor, Activities Coordinator, and Operations Director. She is deeply familiar with all aspects of operating the camp, including logistics, special events coordination and engaging with the families and children who come to call camp home each summer.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Dream Day on Cape Cod, I am delighted to welcome Julianne as the new camp program director,” said Executive Director, Tracey Sperry. “With her years of experience providing care for people in need, her familiarity with Dream Day on Cape Cod’s operations and her passion for working with these families, I am confident that she is the right leader for this job.”
Julianne earned a Master’s degree in Recreation Management & Policy from the University of New Hampshire, with Honors and a certification in providing adaptive sports/recreation to people who have disabilities. She is First Aid, CPR and AED/BLS certified through the American Red Cross and certified with the Massachusetts Department of Health, as well as a Registered EMT.
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“Big” Steve Modrak is Dream Day’s Facilities Director. He is responsible for maintaining and improving the property and equipment, volunteer service days and also plays an instrumental role in working with families (and you can find him in the kitchen as our “sous-chef”!
Steve is an incredible jack of all trades with the most amazing can-do attitude! He is also an EMT and lives on the property with his cat, Pumpkin.
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- Joseph Jasie, President
- Donald Siddell, Vice-President
- Emily Horne, Treasurer
- Dianne Gilrein, Chair Family Relations Committee
- Jack Girvan
- Paul Hines
- Dale Ormon, Chair Facilities Committee
- Dan Kennedy
Margaret Kennedy, Founder