Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:30 pm
By Bill Cooney

Chelsey’s dream continues to go strong almost three years after the first family was helped completing an adoption in October of 2014.

Since then, the Chelsey’s Dream Foundation has helped 41 families with the adoptions of 51 kids, including two pairs of twins; and the foundation continues to grow, Chelsey’s father Chuck Bildstein said.

“It’s grown through word of mouth and Facebook mostly,” Bildstein said. “The foundation was first set up to help with the cost of adoption, but now we’ve found that people have been contacting us to help get started with the adoption process. Obviously we’re not an adoption agency, but we can help steer people in the right direction.”

The foundation will be hosting its annual fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Wapsipinicon Country Club in Anamosa. There will a golf outing in the morning, followed by dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and a performance by the Blue60 band from Anamosa to round out the night.

Craig Salow is uncle to three of the kids that found a family with the help of the foundation.

“My brother’s family had always wanted kids, and they tried for about 10 to 15 years with no luck, so they started the adoption process,” he said. “There’s a tremendous cost to adopt a kid, and the foundation helped out with that.”

Salow said he and his family would be at the fundraiser to show their support.

“We have three nieces and nephews we wouldn’t have had otherwise,” he said.

Bildstein said the support Chelsey’s Dream gets from the community continues to astound him every day.

“The support Chelsey gets is amazing, we couldn’t do it without help from the public,” he said. “We’ve definitely been blessed and loved.”

As for Chelsey, Bildstein said he knows his daughter is looking down with approval.

“She’s definitely smiling right now,” he said. “She would be ecstatic knowing what she started.”