In today’s economy, non-profit budgets are being cut and an increasing rate and important charities are being dissolved. Recognizing the need to uplift and support these important causes, Platform One launched Dare 2 Dream, a benefit concert and silent auction series that harnesses the power of music and entertainment to create an unparalleled platform for artists and brands to make life-changing impact for meaningful non-profits.

Platform One initially developed Dare 2 Dream with a belief in the power of music to create positive social change in the community. In only two short years, we have worked with several international platinum-selling artists to raise awareness, support and funding for some of the most meaningful non-profit organizations through momentous events at the House of Blues.

Dare 2 Dream and Platform One have been proud to partner with and feature Kings of Leon, Common, Cypress Hill, Talib Kweli, Gavin Rossdale, Gov’t Mule and Blues Traveler.

We have already generated noteworthy visibility and funding for The National Foundation for Entrepreneurship, The Common Ground Foundation, The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Working in the Schools, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Partnership For Cures.


Dare 2 Dream
Counting Crows, Platform One Entertainment
Benefit The GreyBird Foundation

Chicago, IL - Platform One Entertainment presents Dare 2 Dream starring Counting Crows. Dare 2 Dream, a benefit concert series and silent auction supporting The GreyBird Foundation, will be held at the House of Blues Chicago on April 21st, 2011.

Counting Crows established the GreyBird Foundation because they believe America is a dream in which the thoughts and needs of each and every person matter. Unfortunately, people feel small as the world expands and they forget that they ARE America. The GreyBird Foundation finds the people down the street from you who are trying to do their part to help and tries to help THEM. The Counting Crows outreach project was initiated in 1996 in an effort to recognize organizations working on behalf on their communities.

The project is quite simple. The band invites community-based, non profit organizations to distribute information at their concerts. Counting Crows focuses on three issues: domestic violence/violence against women, HIV/AIDS and the environment. In each city where the band performs, Counting Crows asks the venues to set up tables in high traffic areas and we invite organizations to "work the tables." Most groups distribute information about their services and programs, educational information, materials on volunteer opportunities. The concert also provides the opportunity to talk to the community about the organization. The project is now over fourteen years old and we've had many wonderful successes during the tours. Organizations found the project a wonderful opportunity to access a large audience, and the volunteers really enjoyed the music.

Counting Crows is one of those bands you follow for the long haul. For those that first heard them opening for Bob Dylan long ago, or subbing for Van Morrison one memorable night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, much of the soundtrack of our times comes from the Crows—from their vivid musical landscapes and the feverish brilliance of singer/songwriter Adam Duritz.

Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), David Immergluck (guitar) and touring bassist Millard Powers. With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, Eight Top 5 singles, and four records having broken the Top 5 on the Billboard 200, Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut release August And Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones.” Subsequent albums include Recovering the Satellites (1996); Across A Wire: Live in NY (1998); This Desert Life (1999) and Hard Candy (2002) which featured the band’s Top 10 cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”. The Crows boast another # 1 hit with the song “Accidentally In Love,” which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, and honored with nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. Their most recent record, the double album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings was released to critical and popular acclaim in March 2008. Produced by Gil Norton & Brian Deck, the album presents a duality in form and content: Saturday Nights tracks a dissolution and disintegration into madness and Sunday Mornings shows the attempt at redemption that follows.

"Partnership for Cures is honored to be the charity recipient of the remarkable Dare 2 Dream Concert starring Blues Traveler at the House of Blues. Jeff Sodikoff and his team at Platform One Entertainment are passionate about using music to make the world better. Partnership for Cures is passionate about using Rediscovery Research to make patients better!” - Dr. Bruce E. Bloom, President and Chief Science Officer, Partnership for Cures

"On behalf of all of the physicians, researchers and cancer patients at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, we are so grateful to Platform One Entertainment, the Kings of Leon and the countless sponsors and volunteers who made this fantastic event possible. Your hard work and support will go a long way in helping us improve outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer" – John Cunningham, M.D., University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

"For a company such as Platform One and a renowned artist like Gavin Rossdale to take the opportunity to use their significant talents and resources to bring attention to blood cancers and to people living with the diseases is an incredible gift that will have impact on the people we serve. The promotion received in conjunction with the concert was just incredible; having the opportunity to tell our story to a significant audience was fantastic, and from my perspective, we gave some of the kids we serve the chance of a lifetime by being on stage, meeting Gavin, and experiencing first hand a bit of celebrity. Thank you for that very special gift to them. We are very honored to have been selected to be a partner in this event." - Pam Swenk, Executive Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

"We cannot thank you enough for involving WITS and giving us this wonderful opportunity!  We appreciate all the hard work that goes into a production like that and we can honestly say that as a “bystander” the night was flawless! – Kristen Berlacher, Working in the Schools (WITS)

"I want to thank Dare 2 Dream for supporting WITS and showcasing its outstanding work and dedicated volunteers. Working together, WITS has mobilized businesses, government and the community to help thousands of low income and minority Chicago Public School students prepare for the future by improving their reading skills." - Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

"This event is so important, because it delivers the message that homelessness CAN be ended, for homeless youth and for the thousands of people who are homeless in Chicago each year. What it takes is reaching the public and the opinion makers, so that they make ending homelessness a priority. Cypress Hill and Platform One Entertainment are making a major contribution to the movement to end homelessness by raising awareness of the problem and of the solutions. We thank them for their vision and for their generous hearts." - Nancy Radner, CEO, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness

"Seeing our students beam with excitement as they shook Common's hand or as they danced the night away was incredibly rewarding. And being able to host VIP's that we've been trying to get involved with the program was a huge help. And then there's marketing and branding...many new pockets of people are now aware of NFTE and our mission of teaching entrepreneurship. Again, your hard work and generosity created such a spectacular evening. We can't thank you enough." - Christine Poorman, Executive Director of NFTE Chicago

"The Dare to Dream event was a fantastic night! It was very special for us to kick-off and introduce the Common Ground Foundation in Chicago. Thanks again to everyone involved at Platform One, sponsors, donors and our Board of Directors." - Jodie Blum, Executive Director, Common Ground Foundation