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Dreams Happen


Dreams Happen, our biennial fundraising event, is hosted each year by Stanford Shopping Center and pairs architects near and far with builders to create unique, elaborately designed, life-sized family playhouses. These playhouses are auctioned at the Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction where guests enjoy a moonlight supper and dance the night away under the stars. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Peninsula to improve the homes and lives of low-income neighbors in need by creating safe and healthy living environments.

Our next event will take place in June 1, 2019 at Stanford Shopping Center.


Thank you to everyone who made our 13th Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction a success. We had a wonderful time celebrating our Peninsula community with you on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. The evening would not have been possible without the support of our generous underwriters, inspiring architects and builders, dedicated committee chairs and members, passionate staff and volunteers, caring donors, and giving guests. The funding raised through this year's playhouse auction, Dream Box raffle, and ticket sales will enable our organization to reach hundreds of homeowners in need over the next two years and provide them with the critical home repair and rehabilitation services they need to thrive. Whether you purchased a playhouse or simply joined us for our Drinks Happen After-party, your participation in this year's Dreams Happen is truly appreciated and will have a real impact in the lives of the Peninsula neighbors we serve. 

Missed Dreams Happen 2017 but eager to join the festivities at our next fundraising event? We'd love to have you join us for Dreams Happen 2019! We welcome any and all guests to our 2019 gala and auction and are always eager to connect new volunteers with our RTP community. If you or someone you know is interested in designing or building a playhouse in 2019 or curious in taking one home, please don't hesitate to contact us at ​

Stanford Shopping Center

Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction takes place at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, one of the Bay Area’s premier shopping 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.