Barry Manilow and CKE Restaurants CEO to be Honored at Dream Foundation's 12th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala
Dream Foundation, the first and largest national wish-granting organization for adults and their families battling life-threatening illness, has announced its 2013 Celebration of Dreams Gala honorees, Barry Manilow as well as CKE Restaurants, Inc. and its CEO, Andy Puzder.
Over his 50-year career, Mr. Manilow has inspired and helped millions through his music and philanthropic gestures. For the Dream Foundation, Mr. Manilow has provided memorable experiences for those in need whether that dream was a personal meeting or a phone call, attending a concert or receiving autographed memorabilia.
"Mr. Manilow's continued support and his dedication to Dream Foundation and others made him an easy choice for this year's Humanitarian Award," said Dream Foundation Founder/President Thomas Rollerson. "Without the years of support of advocates like Barry, we simply would not have the resources needed to touch the lives of the families we serve. This honor is also special and personal to us because Barry's own foundation, Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, helps people at the end of life by empowering them with the gift of music and was launched very close to the time we created Dream Foundation."
Dream Foundation also will be honoring CKE Restaurants, Inc. and its CEO, Andy Puzder, with the 2013 Outstanding Corporate Partner Award. Mr. Puzder is a longtime friend of Dream Foundation and his personal and corporate commitment for more than 15 years has provided wishes for countless dreamers. In 2012, CKE, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's premium burger chains, selected Dream Foundation as a national beneficiary of its annual Stars for Heroes charity campaign.
"From our inception, CKE Restaurants, Inc. has demonstrated compassion for our families struggling with the financial strain that is often part of the end-of-life journey," Rollerson said. "Many people don't realize that more than 50 percent of the dreams we serve are for improved quality-of-life and basic-need items, such as a mobility scooter, hearing aid batteries, a utility bill payment or even a hearty meal.