Built Upon a Dream 2019!

BCC is thrilled to have been selected as WMAR ABC2
Baltimore’s 2019 Built Upon a Dream grant recipient!

Watch the Full Show!

TIP:  After you press play, click the bottom right “[ ]” icon within the media window to watch the video full screen. Press “Esc” on your keyboard to exit full screen mode. 

What is Built Upon a Dream?

Modeled after ABC’s very popular Extreme Home Makeover show, instead of selecting a family the Built Upon a Dream TV special chooses an area charity to help.  WMAR ABC 2 brings together some of the region’s best builders, contractors, architects, and dozens of volunteers to make the show possible. The small joke we had within BCC is, “This was not built upon a nap.  This was built upon a DREAM!”  The show’s producers and everyone involved views the show this way as well, and we cannot say thank you enough for everyone’s energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to the kids and families we serve.

2019 Show Summary

BCC’s show aired August 29, 2019 and focused on our Baltimore Campus. Bath Fitters donated six shower stall renovations across three of the cottages. Manakin Construction and a host of other vendors  completely renovated the weight room, canteen, and transformed an unused classroom to a recording studio.  Thank you to Fence and Deck connection for the new fence segments on campus, which greatly improve programming safety.

Canteen – BEFORE Canteen – AFTER
Cottage Bathroom – BEFORE Cottage Bathroom – AFTER


Media Coverage

Laurie Anne Spagnola, President and CEO; Nicole Smith, Executive Director of Maryland and D.C. Programs; and Kristian Sekse, Chief Operating Officer, give an overview of BCC and who the show is ultimately benefiting – the children and families served by BCC.

Introduction to BCC to WMAR audience.  First aired July 12, 2019. WMAR-2 website original story.


Construction update – T. Rowe Price.  First aired August 9, 2019. WMAR-2 website original story.


BCC President and CEO, Laurie Anne Spagnola, on Midday Maryland.
Aired August 20, 2019. WMAR-2 website original story.

One of BCC’s residents shares what the program has meant to him.
First aired August 22, 2019. WMAR-2 website original story.


Towson elk club group shot at Board of Child Care
Towson Elk Club volunteers wrapped up the weight room renovation at the end of July by installing the new floor and doing the second coat of paint.  Full slideshow of the Towson Elk Club volunteer efforts pictures here! 

Get Involved

BCC is still in need of donations!

We are looking for:

  • Gently used gym cardio equipment (Elliptical machines are our highest need.  Second would be stationary bikes.  We have enough treadmills)
  • Cash donations to purchase smaller items and furnishings
  • Musical instruments.
    • Drum kit
    • Electric guitar
    • Bass
    • Amplifiers and 1/4″ audio cables
    • Vocal Microphone
    • USB microphones to clip onto instruments > feed to laptops for recording
    • Audio geeks who can help us set up a recording studio!

At this time we are not looking for additional volunteer groups.  However, drop us a line if this is something you’d like to explore as there will be future projects at BCC you might want to get involved with.

Contact Us

To get involved with the show fill out the form below so our Development team can get back to you!

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Special Thanks

It truly takes a village to get this TV show together.  BCC would like to extend a very special thank you to Belinda Lee, the show’s creator and magician for not only selecting BCC as the grant recipient but also for securing all the donations and sponsors behind the scenes.  None of this would be possible without you! We’d also like to thank Christian Schaffer, one of the ABC 2 morning show anchors.  He hosted the TV show and jumped in with both feet learning about BCC.  We are very grateful for his passion and guidance!  Thank you also to Lauren Uhlig and the team at Hord Coplan and Macht for the incredible architectural drawings and interior design spreads.  You are all so talented and it has been incredibly fun working with you and seeing what you can dream up for us.  Finally thank you to Don Kaminski and the team at Manekin Construction for your leadership, guidance, and generous donation of time and materials.