Revisiting Dreamscape 2014: Steve Williams and David Jesse

By: Nalee vang, Communications Intern

In our last “Revisiting” blog post, we had the opportunity to follow up with the 2013 Dreamscape winner, the Akron Rotary Camp. Don’t miss out on that blog post; read it now!

In 2014, lucky homeowners, Steve Williams and David Jesse, won the Dreamscape raffle, which allows the winner to have the landscape makeover of their dreams worth over $10,000! Craig Graf and Lisa Graf of Graf Growers Garden Center and Landscaping were the lead landscapers. Many renovations were done including planting trees and flowers, light fixtures and installation of a maintenance-free fence and a pergola. For details of the whole process, read “Dreamscape Makeover Provided Finishing Touches to West Akron Home“.


The results were amazing, and seeing the transformation through photos really showed how much work was put into this Dreamscape makeover. We wondered how Steve and David have been keeping up with their exciting change, so we did some catching up of our own with Steve:

Nalee Vang: What was your initial reaction after finding out that you won the Dreamscape Makeover?
Steve Williams: Well, first, [was] shocked.  We absolutely never thought we would be the winners! Then, our thoughts turned into what we would change in our yard now that we had the chance.

NV: The transformation in the ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture was beautiful. What was your favorite part of the makeover?  
SW: Working with Grafs to design the space and then watching the transformation unfold. It was amazing to watch the craftsmanship that the crew from each firm brought to the project.

KAB-Dreamscape-DrawingNV: How has the makeover changed your home?  
SW: We now have this amazing outdoor living space. We spend more time outside, when the weather permits, relaxing, enjoying the space and entertaining.

NV: Has there been any challenges keeping up with the renovations?  
SW: Well, once the renovation was underway, we realized we would need furniture for the space as well!  Thankfully, we found some wonderful pieces that give it the feel of an outdoor living room, which complimented our existing patio area perfectly.

NV: Looking back at the whole process, what are some reflections or thoughts you have that you want to share with us?
SW: The staff of Keep Akron Beautiful were wonderful and did a very good job of keeping us informed about what would happen along the way.

NV: Were you pleased with the results?
SW: Absolutely!  We could not be more pleased with the outcome.

NV: What is some advice for future winners?
SW: Be prepared for A LOT of change in a very short time!  It can seem overwhelming at times, but hang in there, because the end result is SO worth it!

NV: Would you recommend purchasing a ticket for the Dreamscape Makeover?
SW: Most certainly.  By purchasing a ticket, you help continue the excellent work being done to beautify our community at Keep Akron Beautiful.  Winning was just a bonus!


The Dreamscape Makeover Raffle is Keep Akron Beautiful’s annual fundraiser that was developed 12 years ago to help support our public land beautification program, Flowerscape. We are so happy that Steve and David enjoyed their Dreamscape experience with us! Now, you have a chance to win your very own Dreamscape Makeover too! Purchase a ticket now!

Dreamscape 2014

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

KAB-Dreamscape Drawing

Pictured above are KAB Board of Directors, volunteers, and KAB staff members before drawing.

Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) held their annual Dreamscape event at the Alexander Park on West Market Street in Akron on Thursday June 5, 2014. The event started at 10:30 a.m. where top ticket seller Kimberly Haws-Falasco of Robert W. Baird & Co. drew the winning ticket. The 2014 grand prized winners were Steve Williams and David Jesse of West Akron who won a professional designed front or backyard makeover valued at $10,000.

The Dreamscape ticket sales supports the 33 year-old public land beautification program, Flowerscape, which plants and maintain 34 Flowerscape sites in the city of Akron. Raffle tickets were sold for $25 a piece or 5 for $100 to Summit County residences and businesses. For the first time in eleven years, KAB sold all 1,500 tickets which raised approximately $36,000. Tickets were sold at our five vendors: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.

Steve Williams and David Jesse will work with our lead landscape makeover designers of eleven year, Lisa and Craig Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center, to create a design for the landscape transformation blitz that will take place August 4-8, 2014.


Runner-up winners received donated prizes by Dreamscapes’ generous Vendor Partners:

1st Runner-up: J. Nelson of Akron will have his choice of mulch blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape Ltd., owned by Mike Clar.

2nd Runner-up: Bradley Bowers of Akron will receive a bird bath donated by Suncrest Gardens.

3rd Runner-up: Chastity Duskey will receive will receive a $100 gift basket of gardening supplies donated by Graf Growers.


Eric Jones, KAB Board of Directors, and KAB Board Chairman Captain Dan Zampelli were also awarded two hanging baskets donated by Graf Growers for selling the most tickets.


The Dreamscape Raffle 2014 was sponsored by SummaCare, Inc. and the following Vendor Partners, not mentioned above, offering goods and services for the August 2014 landscape makeover:

Apex  ElectricBelgard ® SalesCascade LightingCircle KEarth’ n Wood

Gates Landscape Company

Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc.

Main Street Gourmet

Miller’s Party Rental


Naragon IrrigationNick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLCPam’s Perennial Plant FarmPepsi Beverages CompanyR.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc.

Star Printing Co., Inc.

Tim’s Custom Electric

Vision Graphics & Printing

Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

YES Press Printing Co.