Dreams Happen

Our biennial fundraising event is hosted 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.

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The Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction

Saturday June 6th

6:30 pm - Twilight Registration & Cocktails
7:30 pm - Moonlight Supper
8:30 pm - Playhouse Auction & Dream Box Drawing
10:00pm - Divine Desserts & Dreamy Dancing

Tickets are $95 before May 15th and $115 after May 15th

Behind-the-Scenes Playhouse Tour

Join us for a Behind-the-Scenes Playhouse Tour on May 30th at 10am. Email:  to reserve a space.

Dream Box Drawing

One lucky person will win 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 are 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. A limited number of tickets are available at $100 each.

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.