Sweet Dreams for Kids is a local charity whose mission is to provide pajamas for children who spend long amounts of time in the hospital. IPR is a College of Creative Arts whose students have a long history of community involvement. “Sweet Dreams are Made of These” was an IPR charity event hosted by Aneesa Adam’s Global Citizenship class at The Red Sea in Minneapolis.
Sweet Dreams for Kids was started by a family who went through the experience themselves and understand how financially challenging it is to have a child in the hospital and how nice it is for children to not have to wear hospital pajamas. From the Sweet Dreams for Kids website: “We are a family who understands how difficult it is seeing your child go through a tough medical situation. Our youngest child, who is our little walking miracle, was born with a cancerous tumor. We want to give back and help others.”
IPR Students worked to line up performers from the IPR students body as well as the greater Minneapolis music scene, including Tylar Berry, Teddy Wheels, Peace & Lawrence Mulrooney, On the Air, Jacob Wiley & The Birno Brothers, and DJ Tommy Gunzz. All of the musicians donated their performances to the event. Students also created posters and digital media for advertising and promoted the lineup on campus and off.
The performance was well attended and the cover charge, as well as a raffle during the event, netted the class a total of $335 to hand over to Sweet Dreams for Kids.
Students reported that, “it felt great to give back to the community.” and to, “do something to brighten the day of little kids.”