News & Events2019-09-09T16:45:18-04:00

Toby’s Dream Foundation in the News

500th Referral

What started over eleven years ago as one big dream, has turned into hundreds of big dreams come true. Toby’s Dream Foundation is honored and humbled to have recently received our 500th referral. From Disney World to shark diving, sports events to deep sea fishing, we are a small organization that makes BIG DREAMS come true for local children with life-threatening illnesses. 87% of every dollar spent goes directly to the children. Thank you to our partners at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) and Naval Medical Center [...]

2020 Toby’s Dream Foundation Wine Tasting — UPDATE!

Our Zoë’s Wine Tasting that was postponed on March 15th due to the COVID-19 virus is now being moved to October.  Working with Marc at Zoë’s, we are tentatively scheduling our Wine Tasting for a Sunday in mid-October. The exact date to be determined as we get results from the quarantine opening gradually. Please save the dates of October 11th or October 18th. We guarantee a great Sunday afternoon, when we finally get together. Thank you for your patience as we have all endured this unprecedented time.

2020 Bonfire Cancelled 🙁

 **Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Bonfire.**

Thank you to Walmart Supercenter, Edinburgh West Shopping Center!

Thank you to Walmart Supercenter, Edinburgh West Shopping Center, for their recent donation of $15,000! We appreciate management and associates voting for Toby's Dream Foundation to receive this generous donation. Walmart Assistant Manager, Pam Ezell and Store Manager, Shane Neilson present Toby's Dream Foundation Executive Director, Joan Steele with a $15,000 check . "We're proud to be able to support Toby's Dream in making as many dreams come true as possible," Shane said.  

8th Annual Wine Tasting

Out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision to postpone the 8th Annual Toby's Dream Foundation Wine Tasting.  Please check back soon for the new date.  We look forward to celebrating with you all soon!

Zoës Christmas Party

Zoës Christmas Party On the last day of the decade, Toby's Dream Foundation humbly reflects on the joy we have had of serving over 450 children with life-threatening illnesses throughout Hampton Roads and beyond for the past 10 years. The spirit of giving and bringing happiness during times of such unimaginable difficulty is deeply rooted in our community and the generosity and compassion of our friends and supporters is appreciated beyond belief.   Our friends at Zoës Steak & Seafood recently channeled their holiday spirit and generosity [...]

Thalia Elementary School

Students at Thalia Elementary School recently raised $954 for Toby’s Dream Foundation during their Slime the Principals fundraiser, which was held during their December Innovation Day activity.  Students from each class took turns sliming the principals with slime that they had made together as a class.  The top students in each class who donated to Toby’s Dream Foundation received the honor of dumping the slime for each group.  The funds raised will go directly towards making Dreams come true for local children with life-threatening illnesses. Photo [...]

Mia Fabrizio Princess Anne High School

Toby’s Dream Foundation would like to thank Mia Fabrizio (pictured bottom row, fifth from left), a student at Princess Anne High School, for raising over $1,200 from her recent Women’s Self Defense classes. Mia coordinated attendees for each session, led by Leta Krieger, a veteran Virginia Beach police officer. We greatly appreciate Mia choosing Toby’s Dream Foundation to benefit from her generous community service!


ABNB Federal Credit Union is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the Bonfires- On the Line event in November.   ABNB is a community-based credit union with deep roots serving members in the Hampton Roads area. As a not for profit financial institution, our purpose is to be our members most trusted lifetime financial partner. Our mission is to deliver affordable financial services to improve our members' lives every day and benefit the communities where we do business through philanthropy and service.  We are excited to [...]

“We Promise Foundation has contributed over $1,500,000 !!!!”

$200,000 Charitable Grant!!!  The We Promise Foundation, the charitable arm of Chartway Federal Credit Union, recently provided a charitable grant in the amount of $200,000 to local charity, Toby’s Dream Foundation. Pictured (left to right): Matt Willette, Toby’s Dream Foundation Director, Paul Annunziata, corporate development executive, Chartway FCU; Vickie Pulleu, Toby’s Dream Foundation Director; Brian Schools, president & CEO, Chartway FCU; Joan Steele, executive director, Toby’s Dream Foundation; Wayne Foshay, We Promise Foundation Board of Trustees chairman; Karen Lane, executive director, We Promise Foundation; Barry Ezell, [...]

Toby’s Dream Foundation’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting at Zoes

Our 7th Annual Wine Tasting at Zoës was a wonderful event raising $18,200 to make dreams come true for local children with life-threatening illnesses. We appreciate all who attended, which made this event a great success. A special thank you to Stephens Financial Partners for being our presenting sponsor, Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co. for bringing wines from Collina San Ponzio winery and inviting the winery's 3rd generation vineyard winemakers, Frederico and Marco Balocco, and last but certainly not least, Marc Sauter, the chefs and [...]

Toby’s Dream Foundation Named #1 Nonprofit at Coast Virginia Magazine’s 2018 Giving Back Awards! November/December Issue

Thank you, Coastal Virginia Magazine for honoring us as your #1 non-profit for your 2018 Giving Back Awards!!! Check out the full Coastal Virginia Magazine article on Toby's Dream Foundation here: Check out more information on the Top 5 non-profits chosen by Coastal Virginia Magazine for the 2018 Giving Back Awards here:

Toby’s Dream Foundation Tailgate Party at Tradition Brewing Company 12.1.18

We all had a great time at our inaugural Tailgate Party at Tradition Brewing Company! This family friendly event had A Bite of Maine lobster rolls, sinful sweets from Sinful Treats, free holiday gift wrapping, live music from local artist Nathan Lienard, an awesome silent action and so much more! This event was a success bringing in over $12,000 to make at least 2 dreams come true for local children living with life-threatening illnesses!

Giving Tuesday 11.27.18

During the world-wide giving day, known as Giving Tuesday, Toby’s Dream Foundation ran a Facebook fundraiser called Donate a Dream for Toby’s Dream Foundation! We raised $1,340 to help us make a dream come true for a local child struggling with a life-threatening illness!

Give local 757 5.8.18

We are so pleased to announce that our donors made this years Give Local 757 event a success by raising $1,247.83 for Toby’s Dream Foundation! For the children we serve… Tomorrow begins with a dream!

Dream Foundation’s 6th Annual Golf Classic 4.27.18

Our 6thAnnual Golf Classic was held at the Golden Horseshoe on April 27,2018. 52 golfers competed to get a hole in one at holes 9 and 11 to win a Jeep from Williamsburg Chrysler & Jeep or a 20-foot Chaparral Jet Boat as well as bought tickets to win one of our fabulous door prizes. While our golfers played the game our Toby’s Dream Foundation Dreamers cheered them on! Thank you to all of our golfers who participated!

Toby’s Dream Foundation’s 6th Annual Wine Tasting 3.11.18

On March 11, 2018 Toby’s Dream Foundation held their 6thAnnual Wine Tasting event at Zoe’s Steak and Seafood. Chef Jesse Wykle expertly paired delicious food perfectly with every wine served. This year the event was graciously sponsored by Pete Decker Children’s Charity! Toby’s Dream Foundation is so thankful to those who came out in support!

We Promise Foundation

Our partnership with We Promise Foundation is greatly appreciated as we work together to make dreams come true for our local children. Their recent contribution of $225,000 in 2017 brought their total donations to 1.440 million dollars!!!! Thank you We Promise Foundation for your continued dedication to our mission and the children we both serve.

The Bonefires 10.7.17

On October 7th, 2017 we raised ale horns in celebration of good deeds being done.  A culinary adventure born of flame and froth awaited those making the pilgrimage to the southern reaches of the Beach.  The day long outdoor feast of fire inspired delicacies and specialty brews, along with live bluegrass & country music featuring BUCKSHOT, was a great time! Toby’s Dream Foundation is so thankful to all who came out and supported us at this fun event.

Holiday Happenings at Cotton Southern Bistro Hilltop

Holiday Happenings Toby’s Dream Foundation was blessed to be able to provide some joy and fun for our Dream Kids and their families over the holidays! Cotton Southern Bistro Hilltop was a gracious host for our first Holiday Party. Dream Kids, their families and our volunteers enjoyed a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, along with goodies and good cheer. We plan on making this an annual event, so be sure to look for our 2016 date hosting our next holiday party!             [...]

Give our Dream Kids some love on Valentine’s Day…the “anti” way!

Valentine's Day may not be dreamy for everyone, but it is when you celebrate for our Dream Kids!  The Hampton Roads Chivers will host an Anti-Valentine's Day Party for Toby's Dream Foundation! "Cupid is Stupid" THIS Saturday night, February 13th at Tap-It in Norfolk. Mention Toby's Dream Foundation at the door and you'll receive a green wristband to present when ordering food and beverages, from 5 p.m. to closing, and 15% of all  food and drink proceeds will go to TDF! Want the perfect Valentines Day gift? The HR Chivers will [...]

Make Tax Time Matter for our Dream Kids!

Liberty Tax Service at Town Center in Va. Beach recently heard about Toby's Dream Foundation and wanted to partner with us to help our Dream Kids, and you. At participating Liberty Tax Services, when you show them this voucher or mention Toby's Dream Foundation, Liberty Tax Service will donate $50 to a Redemption Fund to help our Dream Kids, plus they will give you 10% off filing fees! Neighbors helping neighbors! See participating stores below for details Present this voucher and receive 10% of your filing fees and Liberty [...]

Joan Steele talks to Inside Leadership about The Power of A Dream

Toby's Dream Foundation was recently featured in Inside Leadership, a publication that focuses on influencing people and businesses in our community. Joan Steele, Executive Director of Toby’s Dream Foundation stated that over 300 children with life threatening illnesses have been referred to our organization since its creation in 2009, with numerous children having realized their most fantastic Dream, to date. January 14, 2016 edition of Inside Leadership Joan Steele "The Power Of A Dream"


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