LOS ANGELES — Tomorrow night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST, the Los Angeles Dream Center will be hosting a virtual gala for its annual Night of Dreams celebration. The theme for this year’s annual celebration is “Dream Again.” The goal is to raise awareness and build support for the Dream Center’s residential and outreach programs for veterans and the homeless, pandemic meal drive-thru relief, and on-campus Restart Learning Center.
Beyond hosts Melissa Peterman, Matthew Barnett and Tommy Barnett, there are going to be performances and special appearances by award-winning artist Natalie Grant, actor and comedian Michael Junior, and Pastor Jentezen Franklin. The Dream Center also has some of Hollywood’s finest auctioning off virtual meet and greets to benefit the Dream Center’s residential and outreach programs. In addition to once-in-a-lifetime Zoom meetings with stars like Olivia Newton-John, Sherri Shepherd, and Patricia Heaton, long-time entertainment host Jason Kennedy, and Emmy award-winning senior vice president of NBC Michael Swanson will offer personal insights into the industry. Professional athletes Justin Turner (L.A. Dodgers) has donated a virtual meeting and Chuck Liddell (UFC champion) is offering an in-person lunch meeting. There will also be opportunities for acting or filmmaking tips from seasoned actresses and producers like Shari Rigby and Dyan Cannon, as well as newcomer Madeline Carroll who’s already made her screenwriting debut at just 24. In addition, a number of unique vacation opportunities and a Picasso lithograph will be available at the online auction as well.
Check out the full list of full list of celebrity experiences and vacations that will be auctioned off throughout the night.
“This year has been a challenging one for the people of Los Angeles and for the residents and staff here at the Dream Center,” said co-founder Matthew Barnett. “But there is still hope. There’s always hope. And that’s exactly why we have a forward-looking vision and it’s why we’re calling our yearly celebration a night to “dream again.” Despite many setbacks this year, we believe in a God that is capable of carrying us through the deepest valleys, and over the highest mountains — and the pandemic has not taken him by surprise. No matter how tough life has gotten for the people of Los Angeles, we are not going quietly into the night. In fact, we’re doubling down on compassion, we’re doubling down on generosity, and we’re doubling down on love for the people in this city. My prayer is that everyone will leave our Night of Dreams more optimistic about the future than they ever have before.”
Guests at the virtual Night of Dreams can expect a night as full of excitement, give-aways, and inspirational stories as live events have featured in years past. It’s a time of reflection on the past year of lives changed and dreams fulfilled, and also a time of setting new goals for the year ahead.
“Funds raised at the Night of Dreams will support the life-changing programs that reach thousands of men, women and families in Los Angeles County every week,” Pastor Matthew added. “It will be a fun-filled, inspiring one-hour virtual event all in the comfort of your own home. Our goal is big, but when you RSVP and invite your friends and family to join, we know we will meet our goals.”
For more information about what to expect and how to register, visit dreamcenter.org/nightofdreams.