Make Dreams Real Celebrates Its 10th Year!

Started in 2011 by Carl and Carole Boyett, Make Dreams Real has grown to become a $1 million endowment fund. Their generosity with the support of family, friends and community have made this fund possible.

Make Dreams Real Celebrates Its 10th Year!

Started in 2011 by Carl and Carole Boyett, Make Dreams Real has grown to become a $1 million endowment fund. Their generosity with the support of family, friends and community have made this fund possible.

Our Mission

Making dreams real for school-aged children of Stanislaus Country through participation in programs that enrich and stimulate their minds and bodies and teach values through service learning.

About Make Dreams Real

Thank you for visiting the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund website! Through generous donations from the Boyett Family, Boyett Petroleum staff, Boyett business associates and hundreds of supporters from around the community, we will fill the needs of children in the local community of Modesto and Stanislaus County and enable them to explore and extend their education. We are committed to these communities and are using this opportunity to change the school drop-out rate, elevate the education level, and over time, improve the quality of life.

We anticipate innovative program applications, resulting in grant bestowals that will raise the quality of life in our community as the “Make Dreams Real” fund grows. Our goal is to encourage and instill courage in children to be creative!

Each year 100% of funds raised through the invitational golf tournament will be added to the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund and 10% will be spent on local youth programs.  Boyett Petroleum generously pays all tournament expenses so that every cent raised goes towards the Fund.

In the first year of the Make Dreams Real Golf Tournament, $75,000 was raised. In 2012, the Make Dreams Real Endowment Fund achieved its goal of reaching $1,000,000. In 2018, the Fund was able to grant nearly $300,000 to local nonprofits.

Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club will continue to be one of the key beneficiaries of this fund as the original beneficiary and reason this tournament was initially begun over twenty years ago. Endowment funds will be maintained at the Stanislaus Community Foundation in Modesto.

“You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room,
just listen the best.”

-CARL BOYETT

About Carl Boyett, Founder

(1945-2015)

Carl boyett was the CEO of Boyett Petroleum and a steward of the Modesto community. He was known for his strong family values, honest business practices and active community involvement. Carl was an inspirational, generous leader in all aspects of life and cared deeply for his family, friends, employees, colleagues and community.

In 1989, Carl started a Modesto Sunrise Rotary golf tournament, with the help of his many fellow Rotarians.  In 2011, as the tournament grew and dynamics began to change, Carl, his wife Carole, and Boyett Petroleum assumed responsibility for the tournament and thus, Make Dreams Real was born.

Carl Boyett was a very accomplished businessman, philanthropist and family man. His earlier years started when he won an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and then volunteered for the Army and served in Vietnam. He received his Masters degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Boyett Petroleum until his passing in 2015.

Carl served on many boards and committees through the years.  He was past president or board chair of the following: Modesto Sunrise Rotary; Modesto Symphony Orchestra; Gallo Center for the Arts; Stanislaus Credit Bureau Foundation; Stanislaus Presidents’ Club; Modesto Jaycees; Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America in Washington, DC; and founding chair of the Boyett Petroleum Made Dreams Real Endowment Fund.  He was the recipient of numerous awards, some of which included Rotary Gift to the World, Modesto Chamber of Commerce-Robert J. Cardoza Citizen of the Year, Center for Human Services-Children First Distinguished Leadership Award, Assn. of Fund Raising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year, and CSU Stanislaus Business Leader of the Year. Carl was recognized posthumously for his accomplishments by Congressman Jeff Denham in a statement from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, noted in the Congressional Record of November 17, 2015.

Make Dreams Real Video (2018)

Even though our new 2019 video is up on the homepage, we don’t want to lose our 2018 video quite yet! Such a fun time and sunny skies was had by all!

Congratulations to All of Our 2020 Make Dreams Real Grant Recipients