Branson is a 9-year-old from Munford, TN who is diagnosed with Fabry’s Disease. It is a rare inherited disorder. When he is not at school and studying, Branson likes to ride his bike, listen to Jelly Roll, watch football and cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies.
When we asked Branson about his dream, he gave it some serious thought. Finally, he decided he wanted a backyard cabin of his very own. A place to hang out with his family and friends. A place to just be a kid.
The proceeds from Ski Freeze 2024 will be used to grant his Dream. Please come down and join us New Year’s Day to help us make Branson’s Dream Come True!
Paris, a 13-year-old from Cordova, TN, is diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy.
When we visited Paris, it was easy to tell by her smile that her dream was to experience the magic of Walt Disney World.
Paris’ Dream was sponsored by the Collierville Ski Club from a portion of the proceeds raised through Ski Freeze 2023.
On March 11, 2023, Paris and her family boarded a flight to Orlando. Joining her Dream Trip was Tiffany (mom), Anthony (dad), and brothers Marquavion & Anthony. She and her family were our guests at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee and were able to visit many of the theme parks during their 6 night/7 day Dream Trip.
We want to say a special thank you to the Collierville Ski Club for their continued support and generosity. Also, thanks to Dream Factory volunteers Cathy Robertson, and Margo & Brian Juengling for managing Paris’ Dream Trip.
Thank you for your donation to the Dream Factory. The Dream Factory of Memphis is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Since no goods or services were received in exchange for your declared contribution, 100% of your donation should be deductible for tax purposes per the Internal Revenue Service. For any questions regarding deductibility for this contribution, please consult your tax advisor.
The Ski Freeze was dreamed up 43 years ago on a dare (and winter boredom) from some of the founding members of the River City Ski Club. It was initially held on Kilowatt Lake in North Memphis. Later, it moved to the Wolf River channel between Mud Island and the Cobblestones. Only once did the Ski Freeze not take place exactly on New Year’s Day, when the water had iced over in Wolf River. It was subsequently moved to a private lake in February.
Over the years, Ski Freeze has raised over $400,000 for the Dream Factory.After a few years, the River Ski Club decided to have their crazy antics become a community oriented event and started each year to raise funds for non-profits. In 1988, they chose the Dream Factory of Memphis as their charity of choice and it has remained that way ever since. The Dream Factory of Memphis is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children ages three through eighteen. In 2007, the River City Ski Club was closed. Fortunately, the Collierville Ski Club was formed that same year and has been the sponsor and key organizer of this event. Some of the original skiers from 35 years ago are in this club and participate annually in the Ski Freeze.