Realizing Futures

Carousel of Possible Dreams Event to Benefit PCRF


Carousel of Possible Dreams is a unique opportunity that gives Festival of Children Foundation charities an exciting way to fundraise for their “Dreams”. PCRF plans to support Lurie Children’s Hospital with the funds raised from this event. Funds will be directed to continue research in the area of targeted therapies for pediatric malignant glioma.

This one-of-a-kind fundraising night will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois. Chicago civic, business, entertainment and philanthropic leaders will climb aboard the Eden Palais, a spectacular 19th Century European Salon Carousel housed inside the private Sanfilippo Estate. Armed only with their cell phones, riders will go round and round the carousel, raising money for CureDuchenne, Marklund Wasmond Center at Little Angels, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana! The evening will include a tour of the Estate, cocktail reception and chance to test drive the new Karma Revero.

“The Sanfilippo family commits to helping children and families in need each year. It is our honor to host The Carousel of Possible Dreams. The Eden Palais Carousel is the perfect venue for the event. It brings us great joy to see our guests ride the carousel knowing it benefits so many families,” says James Sanfilippo.

As a matter of fact, the Carousel of Possible Dreams events have raised millions of dollars for more than 100 innovative children’s programs. And all the fundraising dollars are raised through a magical activity that all children enjoy – riding a carousel.

PCRF commits to raise $25,000 to fulfill our Possible Dream to continue research of targeted therapies for pediatric malignant glioma.

We partner with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for this research program. Central nervous system tumors are the most common pediatric solid tumor. Among these, pediatric malignant gliomas including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) have the highest mortality. Children with malignant glioma often undergo rapid disease progression. Even with treatment, less than 5% survive for one year after diagnosis. Through this project, we hope to continue research that will identify more effective treatment therapy and ultimately a cure.

Together we can make our dream a reality.

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