For the past eight years, Dream On 3 has coordinated, planned, and hosted one of Charlotte’s most anticipated events – The Dream Gala. Not only has this elegant evening become a tradition every January, but it has also evolved into being the organization’s largest fundraiser.

Each year, leading up to the Dream Gala, select companies from the greater Charlotte area are invited to compete in a fundraising competition – to enrich their corporate culture and provide a common goal to their staff team – all to benefit Dream On 3. The participating companies have varied in size from 10 employees to 300 and they hail from various locales including Stanley, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and York County. This competition culminates with the lead fundraising team being named the Queen City Business of the Year”.

The most recent Queen City Business of the Year competition, which concluded with the Dream Gala on January 30, 2021, raised approximately $670,000 (despite a pandemic) surpassing all previous fundraising totals.

#DreamGala21 Winners

Winner of QC Business of the Year

Winner of QC Small Biz of the Year

If you would like to nominate your business or a business you know, please reach out to: marybeth@dreamon3.org.

– Jason Williamson, Carolina Cat (Previous QCBOY Winner)

“The feeling is simply these strong and faithful families are all the inspiration we need. It’s easy for us to say we look forward to continuing to partner with Dream on 3 and we can say that on behalf of all of our great customers and employees and vendor partners, because this has been such an inspirational experience for us.”

Past Queen City Business of the Year Competitors


Blythe Construction

Blue Max Trucking

Cabarrus Brewing Company

Carolina CAT | We Build NC (Winner 2019)

Clean Juice

Concrete Supply Company (Winner 2020)

Costner Law Offices

Davco Roofing & Sheet Metal (Winner 2018)

Greg Ott Center for Physical Therapy

Hoopaugh Grading Company

Imagine Travel


J.T. Russell & Sons, Inc.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lithko Contracting

Lineberger Orthodontics

McMahon Trucking Center

Percent Tap House

Promo Logic

The Vining Group (Small Biz Winner 2020)


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