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October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

Two years ago Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island established an annual art festival for artists with disabilities. Dawne and the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has been and continues to be an integral part of our success in providing community art opportunites for artists with disdabilities of all ages and the community in general! In our third year, we have grown and have initiated participating in other community events, providing space for artistic expression for children of all ages, as well as providing volunteer opportunities for artists with disabilities. We could not do this without The Dreaming Zebra Foundation and its generous donors! Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) Dawne and The Dreaming Zebra Foundation! Aloha, Mar Ortaleza Abled Hawai'i Artists- Big Island

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

such generosity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up an office locally and I could help run it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

As a child growing up with music, the arts have been a cornerstone of my existence as not only a creative outlet, but a means of development and rudimentary training skills. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation makes sure that children get the opportunity to explore their creativity and realize that learning can be more then textbooks and testing. Every child learns and explores their world differently, and we need to make sure our schools and institutions provide a diverse and well rounded education. I have known Dawne for over 10 years now and she has found a way to channel her passion for artistic growth into such an amazing and giving foundation. She is an unbelievable selfless person, and that has inspired volunteers and other organizations around her to stay true and honest about delivering the arts to people in need. There may be many different charities in this world, but few are as simple and efficient as the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

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The creator of the Dreaming Zebra is an amazing force in the creation of this unique arts recycling program. She has selflessly devoted thousands of hours to developing the program from nothing, a task few with even unlimited resources could accomplish.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support the recycling of music and art supplies to all learning institutions, so schools are not as dependent on local funding to keep their arts alive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

I work full-time. I am a single mother to two energetic kids and human-companion to 3 dogs and 2 cats! And my "spare time" I try like heck to get my pottery studio in working condition so I can actually create! But when I heard about Dreaming Zebra and what they are doing to nuture the arts in the lives of children, you bet I made the time to get involved. Living in Ohio meant I had to be creative about the ways I could help Dreaming Zebra help kids - I've picked up paints from people willing to donate; I appealed to my own friends and family and collected needed supplies; I've even served as a resource when DZF receieved requests from organizations here in Columbus. I am busy and in my personal quest for simplicity I don't take on many new projects, but Dreaming Zebra's mission spoke to my own creative soul. Kids and art - bringing the two together is a masterpiece in and of itself. How could I not contribute? Dreaming Zebra needn't thank me for anything I may have done; I thank Dreaming Zebra for giving me the oppotunity to give in such a magical way!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I live so far away from the home base that I can't be as physically involved as I would like and the market where I am living is just newly addressed by DZF, so my personal experience with hard "results" is limited,

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Where their heart is. . . always with the kids, right with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have had the priviledge of working directly with the founder, Dawne Camera. She has always been professional, fair, and so, so invested.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enhance the quality of life for 100 million children - who would, in turn, enhance the lives of us all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I am an artist, supporter and fan of Dreaming Zebra Foundation (DZF). I am amazed how much can do one person - the founder of DZF - Dawne Camera, who really put all her heart and life to help children to have happy childhood and grow up kind people themselves. Dawne was not just dreaming of helping kids to experience the positive influence of art, she appealed to other people to donate the art supply and musical instruments - so children will not feel deprive of opportunity to get art or music lessons. I also really honor Dawne's ability not to ask anything for herself, as many non profit organizations do, but put all her hard work and financial resources to help low income people.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make substantial change in the way our society cares about our kids now and next generation of professionals who will lead our society to hopefully bright days of country

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

As one of the original volunteers of this wonderful foundation I continue to offer what assistance I can provide from 3000 miles away here in Florida. I believe that helping children develop their talents is the best way to keep them out of trouble and give them a start in life. The positive experience I've had with the Dreaming Zebra Foundation has shown me what 1 extremely dedicated person can accomplish when they make up their mind to..."just do it"!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the pictures of the recipients of the donated supplies

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Potentially solve alot of the problems children face who have no access to the art supplies they need in order to develop the skills they will need throughout their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

This organization has helped many children realize their hidden talents. Seeing their smiles when they receive art and music supplies is priceless. Every child has a dream, Every child has a great imagination, so lets give them the tools to explore. The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a blessing to all children.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We would help millions of children Globally to uncover their imagination through Art and Music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

The foundation was born from an altruistic dream that is shared by all who volunteer and donate. From the time I picked up art and music supplies to the point of dropping them off to the different organizations in need, people would catch the synergistic and positive vibe that is at the base of this foundation. One of the most moving experiences I had was when a woman called and wanted to donate an incredible set of oil paints that she received from a dear friend of hers who died. She was relieved to tears to hear that her friends spirit would be living on at an art center for homeless teens. This is Dreaming Zebra and it is so much more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

speaking with the donors and the recipients of the art and music supplies. It was powerful and joyful for all.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that all the efforts of this foundation have the potential of touching lives of the youth in a profound way.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, thoughtful and fully committed to the foundation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

touch more lives across the nation. It could give more youth a positive outlet in dealing with a tumultuous world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 13, 2009

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September 13, 2009

More than the idea behind the organization are the hearts and souls of the people that lead it. This organization and Foundation has a story much like the kids it serves of being pure in heart and hopeful and spirit yet undying in determination to get lifted off the ground and fly into the sky. I cannot express to you enough the beauty behind the idea in helping kids with art supplies but the genuine and caring and selfless soul of the person who runs it... all for helping better humanity! Please give to the Foundation that cares.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. Knowing the person behind the idea. It is such a beautiful thing to see her dream for the children come true. She once was that child that also had a dream. "Every child has that dream".

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The idea that alot of organizations seem to be run with a business mentality and all about profits and percentages. This organization is simply about helping others, and if she could survive without money she probably would.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, caring, creative, enduring, genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give $10 million bucks away to the kids and their art supplies. The leader of Dreaming Zebra has a BIG heart.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 12, 2009

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September 12, 2009

This foundation is run by talented inspired people and it is doing great work for kids in need. They helped get a tutor for prestigious art school here in town for a high school student I work with who attends a lower-income school and has tremendous potential in the art field.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to get an art tutor for a talented high school student from a low-income school.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help make this work all across the country so that all students with potential for the arts have the tools and resources they need to develop to their fullest and start a career in the field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 11, 2009

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September 11, 2009

As a volunteer for Dreaming Zebra I have seen firsthand the positive impact this nonprofit has for schools, teachers, and youth everywhere in need of art and music supplies. The community recycling aspect is a badly needed and novel concept that works for everyone involved, and helps to bring creative programs to life for those in need. Keep up the great work Zebra and I am proud to be a part of your team.!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing art and music supplies delivered to kids in need and the smiles on their faces as a result!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very inspired and dedicated to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

no child goes without access to art and music supplies ever.

Ways to make it better...

i had more hours in the day to volunteer more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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