Success Stories

We celebrate the successes of our member charities and champion their causes as our own.

Finding Catharsis in a Time of COVID

Catharsis in theatre, first introduced by Aristotle in Poetics, represents a process by which the intense and tragic emotions of the actors in a performance spread throughout the audience, as though they too have experienced such heightened emotion. Over the course of the show, the audience is given the opportunity to process these intense feelings, …

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That’s Not My Destiny Anymore

“That’s Not My Destiny Anymore” Do you remember a moment that changed the trajectory of your life? We all have had those life defining moments that set us on a new path. In just a few short weeks, children from four children’s homes located in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama will have the opportunity to experience …

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Meet Ricochet – Best Day Foundation official ambassador

Meet Ricochet – Best Day Foundation official ambassador! Best Day Foundation enables children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, & connect them with diverse populations in their community. Surf Dog Ricochet has been working with Best …

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Chuck Jones Bulls Big Draw

Chuck Jones Big Draw Night Featured Looney Tunes. Our second annual Chuck Jones Bulls Big Draw was held on January 8th, 2022 at the NOW Arena. This event is in partnership with the Windy City Bulls, The Chicago Bulls G League team, and won promotion of the year in 2020. Our Big Draw had numerous …

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Project Cuddle

Birthmom, Sylver, was a 15-year old that called Project Cuddle. She was VERY scared of telling her mom she was pregnant. We got all her information and together with her school counselor we were able to convince her to get prenatal care and found out Sylver was almost 7 months pregnant. Sylver told us she …

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Destiny’s Song

In 2004, 11-year-old Destiny Dyer, who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta or brittle bone disease, received her personalized “song of love”. A professionally produced music video of “Destiny’s Song” was also made for her. Destiny stared in the video along with country artists Tammy Cochran, Deborah Allen and Anita Cochran. When Destiny was born, the …

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Uzziel

6-year-old Uzziel was diagnosed with cancer only a few weeks after his family had recovered from COVID-19. Mom stayed with him at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles whenever Dad was able to get a few hours of work, but seeing Uzziel as an inpatient at the hospital was difficult for her. From weekly hospital visits …

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Pretend City Successfully Addressing Social-Emotional & Language Delays

Being a parent is exceptionally hard work. You’re tasked with the job of guiding a human being to success, nurturing their passions, loving them for their imperfections, and discouraging unkind behaviors. All while attending to milestone delays in age-appropriate ways.   This all got so much harder in our new post-quarantine world. Suddenly there are …

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The Miracle of Julian: From Fighting Cancer to College

17-year-old Julian relapsed from Ewing’s Sarcoma in early 2020. The cancer had come back stronger than before, and the family was devastated. Doctors found cancer in his hips, lungs, ribs, and in his bone marrow. Julian needed to undergo 9 months of intensive chemotherapy treatments.   Julian was determined to not allow his diagnosis to …

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Natalie’s Journey out of Darkness and into the Light

Natalie, a current California State University student, is graduating with a degree in Theater and American Studies under the Arts and Education umbrella. She has always had a passion for expressing her abilities through her vocal and musical talents. The arts program was the driving factor in her choice to attend the University.     …

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