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'BIG Dream Gathering' returns to Drake University

September 25, 2017

The “BIG Dream Gathering” is returning to Drake University.

The free event provides a fun, safe and encouraging environment for people to think about their big dreams and ideas, write them down, then get help to make those dreams a reality. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Parents Hall of Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

“Some people come knowing exactly what their goals are, but most people come to figure that out,” explains co-founder Mitch Matthews.

The BIG Dream Gathering got its start in Matthews’ West Des Moines home in 2006, but now he travels around the country facilitating these inspiring events.  Recently Matthews has led BIG Dream Gatherings at the University of Wisconsin, Purdue, Truman State, the University of Iowa and The University of Northern Iowa.

All sorts of dreams and goals

Over the years, all sorts of dreams have been posted and a number of success stories have come from these events too.

One college student with dreams of becoming a photographer was able to score a Pulitzer-winning mentor.  An elementary teacher was able to get the help she needed to send truckloads of school supplies to Africa. Others have started businesses and non-profits while others have decided to go after “fun” goals like family vacations or skydiving.

“It’s been incredible to see what happens when people have a safe environment to think about their dreams and then get some encouragement to go after them,” says Matthews.  “That’s why were so excited to bring the BIG Dream Gathering back to Drake University.”

Matthews continued, “We all know the value of setting goals, but we rarely get the opportunity to think about our dreams and goals or write them down.  Plus, it’s amazing to see what happens when people start to help each other out.”

Thanks to the sponsorship from American Family Insurance and the support of Drake University, the BIG Dream Gathering is coming to Des Moines, Iowa.

The event will start at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 26; attendees are encouraged to arrive early because the first people to come will receive a free copy of Matthews’ best-selling book, IGNITE.

Matthews will give a keynote to kick off the BIG Dream Gathering at 6:30 p.m.  He will share the story of the BIG Dream Gathering as well as 4 key strategies for getting clear on your goals and building a plan to achieve them.

Then everyone will have the chance to post some dreams of their own and encourage other dreamers, too.

The event will conclude at 8 pm.

WEBSITE: http://www.bigdreamgathering.com/Drake/

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/279088729202828/

The event is free and open to the public. Pictures and interviews are available on request.