Above: Rachel Brave accompanies volunteer Modela Kurzet, who has been volunteering with Dream Halloween for the past 8 years.
For the 20th year, Keep a Child Alive, an organization that raises awareness and funds for pediatric AIDS care, presented its annual Dream Halloween on Oct. 26 in Santa Monica at the Barker Hangar. This charity believes that “every person has the right to health care and deserves a future,” and funds go to supplying nutritious food, clinical care, HIV treatment, and psychosocial support in sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide.
Families, volunteers, talent, and children came together, many in costume, to celebrate the Halloween season by enjoying performances by Disney’s Shake It Up star, Zendaya, Handmade Song EP singer Tori Kelly, and X-Factor’s Rachel Crow. Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman and Children Affected by AIDS Foundation founder Joe Cristina, and honoree Cristina Jade Pena, HIV/AIDS activist, were in attendance to this family-oriented event, which also featured a VIP section for sponsors to enjoy the Halloween season together. Pena was honored with the charity’s inaugural Joe Cristina Humanitarian Award. Guests also enjoyed face painting, playing games, doing Halloween-oriented arts and crafts, eating different cuisines at the event, and seeing the original Batmobile. Also, child performers from Le Petit Cirque has been performing at this event for the past four years.
Above photo: Courtesy of Dylan R. Syder, costumed for the event on Oct. 26.
Disney XD’s Kickin’ It star, Dylan Riley Syder, has been promoting the organization for the past three years, saying “I love coming here, and enjoying the event seeing the kids all dressed up for Halloween. I love to help promoting this “good cause” through photos and social media,” who has a Twitter account (@dylanrsyder).
Additionally, volunteers help to run the event such as by being greeters, doing arts and crafts with the children, help with cleaning up, or being walk-around characters. For instance, Modela Kurzet of Long Beach, Calif., has been volunteering for the past eight years—who was introduced to the event by Marlee Matlin and Jamie Lee Curtis. “I come here because I care about children affected with AIDS who need health and medications, and for this year I want to thank my sign language interpreter, Rachel Braver, for interpreting which helps me communicate with people here.”