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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Jake Javitch is the camp director of Dream Day on Cape Cod and is just the type of competent and passionate individual we were hoping to find to fill this important position.
Jake comes to us with extensive camp experience that includes all facets of camp management. He has held director positions at several successful overnight camps and is familiar with youth development as well as the complex medication condition our campers face. He brings extensive experience and expertise in staff training and recruitment, program development, operating policies and procedures and most importantly, a sincere passion for the mission of Dream Day.
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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