Dreamnight at Zoo Atlanta
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Second annual event opened the Zoo for a magical evening for chronically ill children and children with disabilities
ATLANTA – June 18, 2012 – On Friday, June 15, more than 200 chronically ill children and children with disabilities and their families enjoyed a magical evening of fun and surprises at the second annual Dreamnight presented by Josh Powell and 21 Reasons to Give Foundation. The event’s guests of honor are served by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Powell, a former Power Forward and Center for the Atlanta Hawks, and his nonprofit organization, 21 Reasons to Give Foundation, served as Presenting Sponsor. Tents Unlimited and Event Rentals Unlimited were Host Sponsors. Food and refreshments were provided by Sodexo.
“As part of our mission to inspire value for wildlife, we are committed to making a trip to the Zoo accessible to everyone in our community, and illness and injury shouldn’t limit what should be one of the most cherished memories of childhood,” said Raymond King, President and CEO. “We are proud to partner with Josh Powell and 21 Reasons to Give Foundation on a special VIP evening that we hope will brighten the lives of these children and their families.”
Begun in 1996 at Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands, Dreamnight is now observed at zoos and aquariums in more than 30 countries worldwide. Highlights of Zoo Atlanta’s second year observing the tradition included Zoo tours; special keeper talks and animal feedings; themed Dreamnight rides and entertainment; an enchanted scavenger hunt; and visits by costume characters.
“Dreamnight is an incredibly meaningful event for me. There are so many people who take a trip to the Zoo for granted, without realizing that there are children whose personal challenges limit their chance to take advantage of that opportunity,” Powell said. “I’m proud to have been part of Dreamnight for a second year, and I commend the staff of Zoo Atlanta for their commitment and dedication to ensuring an unforgettable evening for our guests.”
In-kind sponsors were Allied Marketing; Amusement Masters; Atlanta History Center; Little Beat Music; Michael C. Carlos Museum; V-103; and Ryan Cameron Foundation.