Dream Factory History
started with a dream. Not the dream of a
critically-ill child, but the dream of a young
businessman who wanted to share himself. The
year was 1980, and the place was Hopkinsville,
Kentucky. Charles Henault wanted to do something
to help children in his town who were critically
ill and needed a rainbow in their young lives.
Thus started the Dream Factory, a nonprofit
organization granting dreams to these children.
April of 1981, a few volunteers started a
chapter in Clarksville, Tennessee. Allen Hall
was elected Area Coordinator for the chapter, and
the first dream was funded with borrowed money.
The Clarksville Chapter is comprised totally of
volunteers who are dedicated to filling the
dreams and wishes of seriously ill children.
Children whose names appear on medical charts
next to ominous-sounding words like leukemia and
neuroblastoma. Those words represent the
illnesses that twist childhood innocence into
hardness, kids into adults.
Dream Factory will grant the wish of any child
who is selected through the screening process,
regardless of race, religion, national origin,
or financial status. Not only are the children
given a chance to dream, but the families, in
many cases, take part in this once-in-a-lifetime
event. Before granting any dream, the
Dream Factory consults the child's physician to
ensure the appropriateness of the dream and that
no medical problems should arise as a result of
Dream Factory activities.
Dream Factory has grown into one of the nation's
largest wish-granting organizations, with local
chapters throughout the nation and its national
headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. The Dream
Factory has granted the wishes of over 25,000