Dream Center LA

The Dream Center is a faith-based charitable organization that finds and fills the needs of struggling people from all over the United States. Since 1995, thousands of individuals and families have found hope and healing through the programs that only the Dream Center offers. The Dream Center aims to not only meet the immediate needs of communities like providing food and clothing, but also focuses on the full successful transformation of people’s lives, all free of charge.

The Los Angeles Dream Center and Kershaw’s Challenge to host annual “Back-to-School Bash,” giving away thousands of backpacks and school supplies

Aug. 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dream Center is pleased to announce their annual Back-to-School Bash is happening in-person on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m PST. After over a year of challenges and restrictions due to the pandemic, the team at the Dream Center is excited to physically reunite with families and kids that they have long been serving through this important annual event that helps families in need get their children ready for another school year.

This is the 8th year that the Dream Center and Kershaw’s Challenge have partnered to put on this highly anticipated event back on the Dream Center campus, where generously donated backpacks and school supplies will be distributed. This year’s Back-to-School Bash has a few other festivities in store, including carnival games, a zip line, rock climbing, a ferris wheel, water slides and much more.

“It is our sincerest hope that this year’s Back-to-School Bash will not only provide students with the necessary materials and supplies they need to succeed, but will also bring them the excitement and motivation they need to start the school year fresh,” said Los Angeles Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett. “After having to endure a tumultuous year of bad news and constant adjustment, we know that this school year may prove to be challenging yet again as students and families try to readjust back to in-person learning. I hope we can plant new dreams and hopes in their hearts for the future! This event is one simple way to remind them that their neighbors and their community care deeply about them and are rooting hard for them.”

“After a year of a lot virtual, including this event, it feels really great to be back in person,” said Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. “The Back to School Bash with our friends at the Dream Center is one of our favorite parts of every year. It was awesome to see the team pull off a drive-thru event last year, but it feels awesome to get to do it face to face this year. Kershaw’s Challenge is really proud to partner with the Dream Center again. It’s an honor to serve the families and kids of LA by their side.”

Some helpful details:

  • The event will be held on the Dream Center campus blacktop in Echo Park
  • This a FREE community event
  • 2,500 backpacks will be given away
  • Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Event Address: 2301 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The press is invited to the Dream Center campus in Echo Park for this event. Matthew Barnett will be available for interviews to share his heart behind this annual tradition, along with other ways the Dream Center plans to help Los Angeles throughout the rest of 2021. Clayton Kershaw will be available for interviews for 15 minutes via Zoom prior to the event at 5:30 p.m. PST on Friday, August 6. Nichol Whiteman, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will be attending and available for interviews in-person. For any press looking to take advantage of these opportunities to speak with Matthew, Clayton or Nichol, please reach out to press@thekcompany.co to coordinate in advance.


The Los Angeles Dream Center is a faith-based non-profit organization located in Echo Park, dedicated to transforming lives and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles. By offering residential and outreach programs to individuals, families and communities in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, domestic violence, education, and human trafficking, the Dream Center is committed to enabling immediate and long-term transformation. The Dream Center welcomes those in need into our community completely free-of-charge with the resources, training, and support they need, regardless of faith, age, gender, orientation, nationality, or any other defining factor.