The DreamBIG Event

SURF’S UP, Friends!

Join us for the Dreamland’s biggest event of the year, our annual fundraiser: The DreamBIG Event!

On Sunday July 28th hundreds of islanders will come together for an unforgettable night benefitting the Dreamland. This year promises to be an evening you’ll never forget including music and dancing poolside to DJ Lazy Boy while enjoying fabulous cocktails and dinner by the bite by Island Kitchen.

This year’s theme is Endless Summer which is loosely based on the 1966  American surf documentary, ENDLESS SUMMER, by Bruce Brown. Island Surfer attire encouraged. 

Funds raised at this event are critical to the operation of the Dreamland, year-round.

This year, we are celebrating our DreamBIG Honoree: Elin Hilderbrand and will present The Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award to Leah Bayer, owner and operator of Aunt Leah’s Fudge in honor of her selfless contributions to the Nantucket Community.


 I would like to extend a special THANK YOU to our 2024 Event Chairs:

Wendy Hudson, Honorary Chair
Ana & Chris Young
Jenny Johnson & Robert Cocuzzo
Timothy Ehrenberg & James Scheurell

Thank you for your ongoing support and I look forward to welcoming you to the EVENT OF THE SEASON!

Alicia L. Carney, Executive Director
Nantucket Dreamland

For more information about The DreamBIG Event, including Benefactor Packages, Corporate Sponsorship Packages or if you are interested in donating an item or experience, please contact Michelle Feldmann by email at and or call 508.658.3366

Thank you to our DreamBig Benefactors, leading the way towards our $700,000 fundraising goal! Where will we add your name? 


We are incredibly grateful to the generous 2024 DreamBIG Benefactors who made this event possible through their contributions and for their belief in our mission. (Confirmed as of 7/09/24)


Hang Ten-$50,000

The Ruth Stanton Foundation


Surf’s Up-$25,000

Charley & Martha Polachi


Point Break-$20,000

Robin Rednor & Robert Veghte


Catch a Wave-$15,000

Norman & Sondra Levenson


Surfin’ Safari-$10,000

Elin Hilderbrand
The Barry S Sternlicht Foundation


 Waikiki Run-$5,000

Garrett Thornburg

John & Wendy Schmidt
Joan McPhee & Michael Gilson
Wendy & Randy Hudson


Surfin’ Bird-$2,500

Sarah Schwartz & Will Hannum
Julia & Chris Lindner
Melanie Sabelhaus & Jim Guidera

Ruthie & Pendleton White

Mary Tinsley Raul & Alan Raul

Mary & Robert Haft

Kim & Lori Preston
Maureen McAllister & Charlie Platt
Carolina Save
Ray & Laura Brusca
Tony & Marianne Ehinger



Dr Susan DeCoste
Linda Holliday
Jeannie Esti
The Proprietors Bar & Table

Enjoy some photos from the 2023 DreamBIG event!
Enjoy MORE photos from the 2023 DreamBIG event!

Thank you to our 2023 DreamBIG Sponsors!

Dare to Dream Sponsor
Ruth M. Stanton Foundation

Eric & Wendy Schmidt

Dream Starter Sponsor
Charley & Martha Polachi

David Gregory & Beth Wilkinson
Robin Rednor & Robert Veghte Kennedy
Barry Sternlicht

Dream Achiever Sponsor
Norman & Sondra Levenson

Debbie Lewis & Bob Grinberg
Billy & Caroline Cooling

Dream Champion Sponsor
Lori & Kim Preston

Hill Family Charitable Foundation
Susan & John Whitney
John & Wendy Schmidt
Jacqueline Moss
Tracey & Bill Marshall
Mark & Gwenn Snider
John & Cariad Lippman
Chris Ruggeri & Melissa Bodner
John Angelos & Margaret Valentine
Laura & Bob Reynolds

Dream Believer Sponsor
Joe & Linda Hale

Lynne & Stuart Elfland
Dan & Connie Driscoll
Elin Hilderbrand
Melanie Sabelhaus & Jim Guidera
Ray & Laura Brusca
Eisenson Family Fund
Joan McPhee & Michael Gilson
Denice Kronau & Michael Reitermann
Tom & Kathi Loughlin
Maureen McAllister & Charlie Platt
Steven & Cecy Siegler
Greg & Leah Day Vanhorn
Carolina Säve
Girard B Ruddick
Kirby Lunger and Mike Dobbert, The Dobbert Companies
JDL Corporate Interiors, Inc.
Diane Archer
Jennifer & David Neighbours
Bart & Leslie King Grenier
Michael & Orla Murphy LaScola
Mark & Caroline Weld
Annie Bissinger & Mark Poor
Marcia & Alan Lazowski
Nantucket Estate Jewelry
Daniel & Angela Yergin
Sandra Urie & Frank Herron
William Overlock

Dreamer Sponsor
Courtney Thorne

Beth Finkelstein
Dr. Susan DeCoste – South Coast Dermatology
Kat & Tim Gregor
Thomas Kershaw
Erin & Joe Saluti

In-Kind Sponsors
Velo Vodka

Cisco Brewers
Zofia & Co.

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