Many people associate the word “aloha” with Hawaii and use the word as a greeting of hello or good-bye. But, if you were to ask a native Hawaiian what the word “aloha” meant to them, they would say it has various meanings and many of them are much deeper than a greeting. To Hawaiians, aloha involves the feelings of love, compassion, and peace, combined with a mutual understanding of respect. When you are greeted with “aloha” there is a mutual affection. It is more than just one word… it is a feeling.
This single word truly exemplifies what was felt and seen and heard at the Dream On 3’s Annual Dream Kid Alumni Event held on Saturday, August 17. The Hendrick Motorsports Team Center was transformed into a cheerful venue with beach-related décor, colorful Gerbera daisies, palm trees, and fun photo props. The wonderful Chelish Moore decorated and the venue came alive with color!
As the Dream Kids of years gone by entered the door, they were met with hugs, high fives, and smiles from the DO3 staff team and fellow Dream Kids.
There’s nothing better than a family reunion and when you have a Dream Kid family reunion, the overwhelming feeling of love, joy, and gratitude is something to behold!
Dream Kids and their families were treated to a fabulous Italian meal provided by Bohemian Chic Catering, with a custom Dream On 3 cake created by Melinda Murph, and delicious ice cream donated by Andy’s Custard.
At the conclusion of the dinner, the Dream Kids played games brought in by Jumpin’ Jacks Party Rentals. They also could get a temporary tattoo from Spray A Tat, OR they could head out on the dance floor to cut a rug and jam to the tunes provided by DJ Michael of Split Second Sound.
From the DO3 community coming together to the volunteers supporting our mission, our annual alumni events are rewarding for more than just the Dream Kids. Parents get to witness their children being celebrated and having fun, without any inhibitions, which is the favorite part of this event for Elizabeth Lindsay, DO3 Co-Founder and Executive Director.
“My favorite part is the ENTIRE evening – seeing the Dream Kids arrive, the laughing, the dancing for hours on end, the hugs from Dream Kids I have not seen in a while. Staying in touch with our Dream Kids and their families is so important to Dream On 3 and I look forward to many more alumni events in the future.”