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Rainbow Society Rebrands into ‘The Dream Factory’

The Rainbow Society has rebranded itself to become The Dream Factory.

The Winnipeg-based charity for children who are battling life-threatening illnesses unveiled the new name and logo at an event on Tuesday featuring family entertainer Fred Penner at the Fort Garry Hotel. Penner, who has a long history with the organization, was appointed The Dream Factory’s honourary spokesperson for 2012.

“We’re evolving our brand to better reflect how we interact with the children who come to us,” said Leilani Kagan, president of The Dream Factory Board of Directors in a release. “Their dreams help them escape from the real world of hospitals and medical treatments to a place where kids can just be kids. The Dream Factory is fuelled by hope and imagination.”

Since 1985, more than 530 dreams have been fulfilled for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Manitoba.

Police Charity Hockey Match to Benefit Rainbow Society

Police Charity Hockey Match to Benefit Rainbow Society

Winnipeg singer Maria Aragon (right) and her idol Lady Gaga. Aragon will perform the national anthem at MTS Centre tonight. (TWITTER)

The Winnipeg Police Service Patrolmen Hockey Club will face off against the NHL Legendary Hockey Heroes tonight at MTS Centre.

The 22nd Annual Old Timers’ Hockey Challenge will benefit the Rainbow Society, helping to grant the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses.

The game will open with YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon performing the national anthem.

A full roster of NHL hockey legends will be participating, including Johnny Bower (coach), Glenn Anderson, Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith, Councillor Thomas Steen, Ab McDonald (coach), Laurie Boschman, Dave Babych, Dave Ellett, Jimmy Mann, Theoren Fleury, Trevor Kidd, Valerie Bure, Bernie Nichols, Cliff Ronning, and Bob Bourne. Referee Ron Hogarth and TSN’s Rod Black will also be in attendance.

Free entry will be given to Winnipeg School Safety Patrols who bring their patrol ID or vest.

Police Chief Keith McCaskill will be coaching the Patrolmen. Game time is 7 p.m.

South Asia Culture Show to Benefit Rainbow Society

South Asia Culture Show to Benefit Rainbow Society

By Tyler Sutherland

Three student groups from the University of Manitoba are putting on a culture show to benefit the Rainbow Society on Saturday, March 12.

The RAUNAK culture show will showcase local talent from various cultures throughout South Asia. The goal of RAUNAK is to bring together all South Asian communities in an evening of cultural performance and display the wonderful local talent Winnipeg has to offer.

Proceeds from the evening will support dreams of Manitoba children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

The show will be held at the Garrick Centre beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 at Answers, located on the main floor of University Centre, and at the University of Winnipeg information booth. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The event is being put on by the University of Winnipeg’s Indo Canadian Students Association (ICSA), the University of Mantioba’s Indian Students Association (ISA) and the Sri Lankan Students Association (SLSA).

Children Awarded with Ice Cream Breakfast on Sunday

By David Klassen

It’s every child’s dream — having ice cream for breakfast. On Sunday morning, kids won’t be dreaming when that’s exactly what they’ll be eating.

The Rainbow Society is hosting an unconventional breakfast for their Dream Kids and their families tomorrow in the Victoria Inn’s Centennial Ballroom.

Children will start their day with an endless supply of ice cream and a rainbow of toppings to choose from courtesy of McDonald’s Restaurants. Along with the ice cream buffet, there will be a variety of fun activities to keep everyone entertained.

“The Rainbow Society is able to help these families in some way by granting the once-in-a-lifetime dream of their child, providing them with something positive to focus on as opposed to the hospital visits, treatments and other worries that they must face daily,” said executive director Grace Thomson.

The delicious dairy treats will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to Rainbow children.

Cruz-In-Downtown Charity Car Show August 7

Cruz-In-Downtown Charity Car Show August 7

The 11th Annual Cruz-In-Downtown car show is set for Saturday, August 7 at the Pony Corral downtown.

Organizers held a press conference on Wednesday, where they unveiled details of this year’s event. All the action will be located at St. Mary Avenue and Kennedy Street, with a parade kicking things off at 11:40 a.m.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is one of the key sponsors this year, offering up a free kids zone, petting zoo, carnival games, inflatable rides and other activities.

The featured car club this year is the Drag Racing Association of Manitoba. Other clubs from across the province will also line the streets.

The extremely popular burnout competition returns on York Avenue and Edmonton Street. Spectators can safely see and feel the power produced by some of the of the classic and late model cars in a safe, controlled environment. The entry fee is $20.

Cruz-In-Downtown participants may pre-register at a cost of $10 on Sunday nights at the Pony Corral Restaurant at 400 Wilton and Grant Avenue, and at all Piston Ring locations. For more information, call John or Beverly Dyck at 889-7822.

Proceeds from the car show go to support The Rainbow Society.

ChrisD.ca photo/Marc Evans

Child’s Dream of Visiting Legoland Near Reality at Stampede

The Rainbow Society is helping an eight-year-old boy from Morris, Manitoba during this year’s Manitoba Stampede, by raising enough money to eventually send him to Legoland in Denmark.

Bentley has had to live with a heart condition that has given him a completely different childhood experience from the average child. For the first couple of months of his life, Bentley called the local hospital home and over the years has had to receive repeated procedures to stabilize his condition, flying back and forth in and out of the province to get the procedures done, experiencing more than any eight-year-old should ever have to experience.

During the Stampede, which runs from July 22 to 25, the Rainbow Society will be selling Lego blocks for a minimum donation of $2.00 each to help Build Bentley’s Dream. Each purchased block will be used in a Lego mosaic that will spell out Bentley’s name; which, when completed will mean that his dream will become a reality.

“After hearing Bentley’s story and knowing he was part of my own community, I knew that the Manitoba Stampede had to get involved,” said Manitoba Stampede general manager Malissa Dreger Lewis. “Bentley has touched the entire Stampede family and we are very proud to do our part in helping the Rainbow Society make his dream into a reality.”

More information on the Stampede itself is available at ManitobaStampede.ca.