Who we are

Sweet Dream Makers promotes and improves the health and well-being of children and families by providing beds, bedding, and essential furniture.

OUR STORY

Making a difference, one family and one bed at a time

Sweet Dream Makers is a growing nonprofit organization, founded in 2012 in response to an overwhelming community need to get children into a bed of their own. Sweet Dream Makers delivers new beds, at no cost, to children and families sleeping on the floor, sharing beds, or sleeping in unsafe, unsanitary conditions.

From humble beginnings as a grassroots, social action program at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Sweet Dream Makers has expanded to become a highly sought-after and trusted organization serving families in Palm Beach County. Founder Suzanne Broad has built an innovative and efficient program, working alongside 40+ local social service agencies, and has proudly provided thousands of beds to hundreds of families.

As we continue to grow to meet the need in Palm Beach County, our sights are set to scale up to serve the greater South Florida region. Sweet Dream Makers is dedicated to ensuring the basic comfort and security necessary for each child to reach their full potential. Together with our partners and supporters, we are working toward the simple, yet ambitious, goal to improve the lives of our community’s children, one bed at a time.

FUNDING PARTNERS

The Sweet Dream Makers thatmake our mission possible every day.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries
AmTrust Bank
BallenIsles Charities Foundation
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
The Billi Marcus Foundation Inc
The Boca Rio Foundation, Inc.
Boca West Community Charitable Foundation
CenterState Bank
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea
City Mattress
Closet Envy FL
Coulombe Family Foundation
Faith Lane Confections
Florida Panthers Foundation
Gillman Family Foundation Inc.
GoodYear Tire Company
The Hagen Family Foundation
Hands on Tzedaka
Ibis Charities Foundation
Irvin Stern Foundation
The Jim Moran Foundation
Just Play LLC
Kaufman Rossin
Lara Greenwood Photography
Lattner Family Foundation
Leave A Legacy Foundation
Lou Bachrodt Auto Group
Maureen Marino and Tim Lewis
M2D2 Partners
The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Inc
McNally Family Foundation
Myron & Elaine Adler Private Foundation Inc
Pat Moran Family Foundation
Phyto Partners
Quantum Foundation
Roots and Wings
Rose Brand
The Ruth Silverman-Rosenbloom and Victor H. Rosenbloom CF
Saks Fifth Avenue
The Sandler Foundation
Silver Sac Catering
The Sokol Foundation, Inc.
Southwest Airlines
Soroptimist Int’l of Boca Raton
Stampar Jewelers
Steve E. Bernstein Family Foundation
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
Thais Piotrowski & Associates
Total Rental Solutions
Valley Forge Fabrics
Villa Rosano Restaurant
The Walter & Adi Blum Foundation
Wanda and James M Moran, Jr. Foundation
OUR BOARD

The Sweet Dream Makers thatmake our mission a reality every day

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Brian Broad

President of the Board 2016

Attorney/Owner of the law firm: Brian W. Broad, P.A., Boca Raton, Florida

Brian Broad is a respected Boca Raton based real estate attorney for over 30 years. Originally from Long Island, New York, Brian practiced labor relations and family law. He has served on the board of The Haven (a group home for foster youth) and has been active in community service for over 40 years. Brian is an avid sailor and bread baker when he is not helping families in need with furniture deliveries or brainstorming with his wife and SDM founder, Suzy, on how to grow the program to meet the staggering need. Brian and Suzy have two children following in their footsteps and have been happily married since 1991.

Leslie Steinberg

Treasurer & Board Member 2016

Present: Co-founder and Operating Officer, Skort Obsession, LLC.

Former: Chief Operating Officer, Mindful Management, LLC.


Leslie moved to Florida in 2005 from Brookline, Massachusetts. She worked closely with Suzy transitioning Sweet Dream Makers from a social action project into a successful and financially transparent non-profit. Leslie has served on numerous foundation boards empowering women and children in both Florida and Massachusetts. She works closely with the Board on all aspects of budgeting and financial reporting.

Debbie Block

Secretary & Board Member 2016 Founder/Administrator, Gotta Guy℠ in SoFla on Facebook

Former: Attorney, Jones Foster/Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley


Debbie is the technological backbone of Sweet Dream Makers. After retiring from a 25-year legal career and founding the very successful social media platform Gotta Guy, she used her knowledge to build SDM into an efficient non-profit organization by programing databases, streamlining processes, and managing the website, email, and social media communications.

Larry Geller

Executive Board 2016

Executive VP - General Counsel, Just Play, LLC

Larry’s extensive background as general counsel of a multinational toy company ensures that SDM’s brand as a non-profit stays on mission while ensuring proper trademarks and corporate oversight. In addition, Larry is always willing to lend a hand delivering essential items to the families we serve. Larry is an avid sailor and has volunteered his time working to improve the lives of children and families for over 30 years.

Doris Gillman

Executive Board 2018

President of Gillman Family Foundation

Former President/CEO of Accessories by Doris DBA Fine Things


Doris was immediately inspired to support SDM by the simplicity of the mission and the staggering amount of local children without a bed of their own. As a former business owner of a successful retail operation, Doris understands the business of running SDM. As a philanthropist, Doris clearly understands the business of giving. Doris and her husband Neil sponsor the annual “Be a Sweet Dream Maker” Celebration and Auction.

Jim Gordon

Executive Board 2016

Former Owner of Marill Security Services

Jim has watched his wife Judy volunteer volunteer with Suzy to help families in need through the Giving Tree of Temple Beth El since 2012. He saw something unique in the program and inspired Suzy to take a leap of faith and build SDM from a small social action project into a sustainable and thriving charity organization. Having built his own successful business from the ground up, Jim knew that SDM was a program he was ready to get behind and help build.

Marc Malaga

Executive Board 2016

Entrepreneur / Investor

Marc brings his experience as a visionary to SDM. As an innovative entrepreneur he took a brick and mortar store and built a multi-million dollar enterprise long before e-commerce was mainstream business. Marc has a true understanding of the families we serve, having been on the board of The Haven and served as a Big Brother and foster parent.

Maureen Marino

Executive Board 2016

Property Management – Boca Design Center, Boca Raton, FL

Maureen has volunteered with Suzy since 2012. As a property manager of a storage facility and truck rental franchise, Maureen immediately saw the benefit she could provide to the operations of SDM. Maureen has been active in engaging the next generation of philanthropists while serving on our events committee.

Marc Schiller

Executive Board 2019

CEO, City Mattress.

Marc first became involved with Sweet Dream Makers when his neighbor mentioned the program while out to dinner. Marc initially donated a few beds but quickly transitioned into a devoted partner, believing whole-heartedly in our mission and strategically supporting our growth and operations. Marc and his long time partner Gloria are tri-athletes and clearly understand the value of a good night’s sleep.
ADVISORY BOARD

Stephen Block

Advisory Board 2016

Former Principal of Mindful Management, LLC (real estate investment and management)

Neil Gillman

Advisory Board 2018

Director, Gillman Family Foundation

Judy Gordon

Advisory Board 2016

Retired Broward County School Teacher

Wendy Greenhut

Advisory Board 2017

Owner, The Book Company & Bulk Bookstore

Board of Trustees, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Tim Lewis

Advisory Board 2016

Owner, Lewis Rental Properties, Boca Raton, Florida

Melissa Malaga

Advisory Board 2016

Masters of Social Work / Owner Maxwell’s Chophouse, NYC

Guardian ad Litem

Rick Steinberg

Advisory Board 2016

Director of Finance, Quantachrome, Boynton Beach, Florida
STAFF

Suzanne Broad

Executive Director

Suzy began her career in New York City as an art director at an advertising agency. In 1992, she moved to South Florida with her husband and continued to work in advertising while raising her family in Boca Raton. She volunteered at a local group home for foster children, a soup kitchen, the PTA, and became deeply involved with social action at her place of worship. As the Co-Chair of The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El, Suzy saw first-hand the overwhelming need for beds in our community. She spearheaded a new program called Sweet Dreams with the mission to get kids off the floor and into a bed. Suzy founded Sweet Dream Makers in December 2016 with encouragement from the Board of Directors and the community, and today, together with her friends and supporters, she has changed thousands of lives throughout Palm Beach County.

Lisa Schultz

Assistant Program Director

For over 10 years, Lisa owned Mobleform Furniture and worked in sales. After a small hiatus to raise her three children, Lisa went back to work as a full-time volunteer managing a very successful student spirit store at Spanish River High School. Today, Lisa, works part time processing the Requests for Assistance we receive for beds and bedding. Lisa's efforts are essential to the integrity of our service; she verifies information with case workers and social service agencies, coordinates beds with vendors, and follows up with clients. Her favorite part of her work is seeing photos of happy, smiling kids and families enjoying their brand new beds!

Rhonda Diffinbach

Bookkeeper

Rhonda comes to SDM with an extensive background working for the Internal Revenue Service. She served as Treasurer for the Leave a Legacy Foundation, where SDM was a grantee. Rhonda has served as Secretary on the First Choice Credit Union Board of Directors since 2015, and today, she works hand-in-hand with the SDM Treasurer to balancing the books. Rhonda’s attention to detail and tenacity to account for every dollar falls directly in line with our pledge of complete transparency

James Bulger

Warehouse Program Manager

After a career in the Armed Forces James became an investigator for the Department of Children and Family services. During that time, James spearheaded a local program called "Brothers Helping Brothers", an all-volunteer group of men and woman in his local community who decided to give back to their neighbors in need. James volunteered his time for The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El for over five years and now works part-time at Sweet Dream Makers driving our truck and picking up gently-used furniture. He also manages our warehouse and teaches local youth the joy of giving back

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