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Dreams Happen

Thank you to all of you who made DREAMS HAPPEN 2015 a tremendous success! Congratulations to all the lucky auction winners and raffle winners. Stay tuned for DREAMS HAPPEN 2017 with a new round of fabulous, fresh, life-size playhouses.


Our biennial fundraising event is hosted each year by Stanford Shopping Center and pairs local architects with builders to create unique, elaborately designed life-sized children’s playhouses. Playhouses are auctioned at the Dreams Happen Gala where guests enjoy a moonlight supper and dance the night away under the stars. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Peninsula—a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the homes and community facilities of neighbors in need from Sunnyvale to Daly City.

Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction 2017

Event reservations with be available here starting in April 2017.

Stanford Shopping Center

The Dreams Happen event takes place at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, one of the Bay Area’s premier shopping and dining experiences and one of the few open-air centers in the U.S. With more than 140 world-class stores, restaurants, and services, Stanford Shopping Center also features award-winning gardens and picturesque sculptures by California artists. Playhouses are displayed at the Center for the entire month of May. During this time, foot traffic at the Center increases by 20%, bringing nearly 1.2 million visitors to the shopping center.

Dream Box Drawing

Our 2015 lucky winner from 2015 is now enjoying a Dream Box Package complete with a stellar shopping spree, thanks to a drawing for the Dream Box—a gift box overflowing with luxurious Stanford Shopping Center merchandise and gift certificates. Merchandise and gift certificates were donated by Stanford Shopping Center retailers such as Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Edwards Luggage, Eileen Fisher, Frette, Gleim the Jeweler, ILORI, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Nike, Spazio, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, and many more.