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Run with Dream Big

Dan and Nathan

Have you set a goal and then realized, “What have I got myself into?” Founder and Executive Director, Nathan Webster, is saying that everyday until October 6. On Oct. 6th, he will be running a marathon for the first time with a team of skilled runners. His “Dream Big” goal to lose 100lbs is in progress.

To learn more, click here.

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Rejection is part of Dreams

To live the “American Dream” is what the United States is known for. As Americans, we all have that opportunity. No matter what age, race, gender, or any other difference- you can live your dream.

However, as a global community we all have big ambitions, goals, and dreams. Everyone should, right?! So why aren’t we all living it, right?

It is because one little word… that word is, rejection. Rejection may be defined as a negative word, but it can also be defined to:

  • Inspire
  • Problem solve
  • Encourage you to get help
  • Try again

It should never ever discourage you to think you’re a failure- or even worse, for you to stop your dream!Rejection Wall

As the founder (that’s me to the right), I founded this organization in 2004. Dream Big Community Center was started as a small goal with no identity, nor any money in the bank. We had very little supporters and a lot of naysayers. Matter of fact, the wall behind me is my rejection wall.

My rejection wall has all my official denial letters from grants and donations from reputable organizations. I look at it every day to serve as a reminder of how important our work is to our youth and the community.  The reason why we’re still around is because I didn’t give up. If I would have given up, I would have missed out on all my supporters and smiling young faces.

Do Not Give Up!

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Vegas in Vancouver

Join us Valentine’s Weekend for a fun-filled evening filled with free appetizers and beverages. The games available are: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Texas Hold ‘Em.ViV

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time: 6pm to 10pm; the tables open at 6:30pm

Cost: Before or on February 1st- $40 per person/$70 per couple (early bird special) $50 per person after February 2nd, and at the door

Click Here and Register Now!

Making THE Difference

We all want to make a difference in someone’s life or multiple lives. There are so many options from different organizations to causes. One can be inundated with plethora of choices:

  • Leave a legacy
  • Help the homeless
  • Feed the poor
  • Save an “at-risk” youth
  • Repair our eco-system
  • Cure diseases

Well, we have one more to add to the list: Help people live their dreams. Right now, the goal is to help students from 12 to 18 year old. However, our mission is to help all age groups. If you want to help us with our immediate or even our long-term goal, please give us a call or email, info@dreambigcc.org.

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Great Community Support

On Saturday, June 16 the great northwest provided a beautiful day to enjoy one another and have fun. Clark County and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation dedicated  Luke Jensen Sports Park, a $9.1 million multipurpose facility with synthetic and natural grass fields for baseball, soccer and other sports.Kickball 2012The sports park hosted the Salmon Creek Little League Championship game, and a celebrity kickball game featuring teams captained by Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. During the kickball game, Portland Trail Blazer Jerom Kersey and Portland Timbers U-23 players came out and showed their support. The event raised $2,800 for Dream Big!

A huge thank you to all the sponsors: Al Angelo Co., Comcast Corp., Erik Runyan Jewelers, Main Event Sports Grill, Northwest Personal Training, Athlete’s Corner, Smokey’s Hot Oven Pizza, Thompson Metal Fab, Treat Vancouver, Vesta Hospitality and Waste Connections. Also a big thanks to the players from the Dream Team and Team Big!

Click here to go to the FaceBook page.

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Dream Big with Luke Jensen- Saturday, June 16

Luke Jensen was a young boy who was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2007, a few weeks before his seventh birthday. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, along with two bone marrow transplants, before losing his battle to cancer in May 2010.Kickball

Before his illness, Luke attended King’s Way Christian Schools, next door to where Clark County is completing construction on Luke Jensen Sports Park, a $9.1 million multipurpose facility with synthetic and natural grass fields for baseball, soccer and other sports.

On June 16, Clark County and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation will dedicate the sports park bearing Luke’s name. A bronze plaque will be unveiled offering an inspirational message written by Luke’s family to honor their son, as well as all those who have faced cancer with courage and hope.

After the dedication, the championship game for the Salmon Creek Little League will commence. The day’s final event will be a celebrity kickball game featuring teams captained by Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. The game will raise money for Dream Big Community Center.

Click here to go to the FaceBook page.

Dream Big with Luke Jensen

Luke Jensen was a young boy who was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2007, a few weeks before his seventh birthday. He underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment, along with two bone marrow transplants, before losing his battle to cancer in May 2010.

Before his illness, Luke attended King’s Way Christian Schools, next door to where Clark County is completing construction on Luke Jensen Sports Park, a $9.1 million multipurpose facility with synthetic and natural grass fields for baseball, soccer and other sports.

On June 16, Clark County and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation will dedicate the sports park bearing Luke’s name. A bronze plaque will be unveiled offering an inspirational message written by Luke’s family to honor their son, as well as all those who have faced cancer with courage and hope. After the dedication, the championship game for the Salmon Creek Little League will commence. The day’s final event will be a celebrity kickball game featuring teams captained by Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt. The game will raise money for Dream Big Community Center.

Click here to go to the FaceBook page.

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Dream Big Programs Go Public

After two great years of working closely with Hayes Freedom High School and Principal Amy Holmes, our programs are ready to be launched for all 12 – 18 year olds to receive. MEDCCurrently, the programs we serve are only in the school (and usually within the classroom). On June 15, 2012, we will release our calendar of events so youth participants not within a Dream Big School can register and participate in our programs.

We are very excited to come to this milestone in our history. Many people and organizations have  helped in this process. Not to mention all the students and schools that participated in Dream Big programs in the last 4 years. The support has been monumental!

As we take this next step, we want every youth to have a dream and help them realize they can live it as well. For more information on our events, visit our calendar of events. To learn more about our programs, give us a call at (360) 448-7439 or email info@dreambigcc.org.

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Make Every Dream Count on GlobalGiving Open Challenge

Thank you to all that supported Make Every Dream Count on GlobalGiving’s April Challenge. We did not meet the 50 donors or the $4,000 goal, MEDC Poster Headerbut we did earn $3,270 from 33 different donors. This is a huge accomplishment for us, and shows us that many care about our cause, purpose, and overall vision.

Make Every Dream Count will still be active. Our spot on GlobalGiving is not permanent, but we’re still able to receive donatio
ns. It is still the goal to reach $25,000 by September 30, 2012. This will help us subsidize costs to educate over 2,500 middle school and high school students next school year. To learn more, click on the project page of Make Every Dream Count.

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