Ryder Karppe cuts the ribbon with Cynthia Lake Farrell, as (L to R) Chris Steinocher, Mayor Rick Kriseman and David Allen look on.

A new home for the Children’s Dream Fund

After 12 years as guests of the owners of a high-rise office building in downtown St Petersburg, the wish-granters at the Children’s Dream Fund got to fulfill a wish of their own: a new home.

Ryder Karppe, equipped with the important ribbon-cutting scissors.

On April 27, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the organization’s move to a house at 1600 23rd Ave. N. near St. Pete’s Woodlawn neighborhood. A dream recipient and the day’s Dream Ambassador, Ryder Karppe, helped Mayor Rick Kriseman cut the ribbon, along with Dream Fund Executive Director Cynthia Lake Farrell, Board Chair David Allen, District 3 City Council Chair Ed Montanari, and President and CEO of the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris Steinocher.

Mayor Kriseman and St. Pete City Council Chair Ed Montari with Ryan and his brother, Caden.

Farrell praised new landlord Rhett Stevens of Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management for going to “great lengths to provide a special home for the Dream Fund. We now have dedicated space for our unique day-to-day activities, including a dream workshop to create the gift baskets and bags presented to children when they receive their dream-come-true, as well as a living room to host our clients and visitors in a comfortable atmosphere.”

The Children’s Dream Fund has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses living on the West Coast of Florida since 1981. 

The Karppe brothers.