Dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep . . . and if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true."

Stein Eriksen had a dream - a dream nurtured by his father.Growing up in Norway, Eriksen lived in the shadow of his father's world-class gymnastics trophies. The mantel in the Eriksen home was well-stocked with evidence of athletic achievement, and Stein felt the pressure of his father's success.

"I had a dream, the hope to achieve athletically like my father did," Eriksen explained.

Paving a new road to the dream, Eriksen skied alpine when everyone else in Norway strapped on cross-country skis. "My father was the first alpine ski manufacturer in Norway, so it was natural for me to try the downhill skis."

The dream was realized when Eriksen won Olympic gold and silver medals in 1952 and world championship gold medals in l954.

Eriksen is now helping dreams come true for others. He will participate in the March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, "When Dreams Come True," April 1, at Little America Hotel.

The Gourmet Gala, a national fund-raiser, is a three-pronged community effort. Local affiliates of the American Society of Interior Designers prepare kitchen areas for celebrity cooks, businesses provide financial backing to sponsor the kitchens, and corporate executives and invited guest chefs test culinary skills in recipe competition. Gala guests enjoy the results - and their contributions benefit the March of Dimes.

For example, Becky Morgan, Beck's Office Furniture, and Allison Mitchell, Clark Leaming, are collaborating on a kitchen for IBM. With the theme "Alice in Wonderland," the designers will replicate the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Not only do the decorators donate lunch hours, Saturdays and after- work time to the design project, they scour the community for resources. Morgan and Mitchell engaged artist Jeff Cobabe, to produce life-size story characters. J.B. Tile will donate a black and white tile floor, while columns for the kitchen were rescued from Another Man's Treasures. Bringuard Mill will provide the mouldings and baseboards for the tea party setting; the chairs will be painted by Brent Godfrey. The tea party will be furnished by Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop.

Multiply the Morgan/Mitchell effort by 12!

Twelve designer kitchens will be presented, utilizing the talents of area decorators. Each designer will accumulate donations from throughout the business community to complete his or her kitchen. Kitchens will be visually appealling as well as fully functional, complete with gas appliances provided by Mountain Fuel.

Sponsors, chefs and designers for the kitchens are:

- Mountain Fuel Supply Co.: Don Cash and Nick Rose, chefs; and Nola Chase, designer.

- Jim and Kitty Fassel and Stein Eriksen, chefs; and Bruce Edwards, designer.

- Continental Bank: Jim Stewart and Nancy Stafford, (from TV's "Matlock") chefs; and Marty Cannon, designer.

- Salt Lake Times: Rich and Jackie Bjornn, chefs; and Karen De Smet, designer.

- American Express: Jim and Lyne Welch, chefs; and Ardys Dance, designer.

- Delta Airlines: Fred Rollins and "Minnie Mouse," chefs; and Robyn Seldin, designer.

- IBM: Lark Allen and Scott Nelson, chefs; and Becky Morgan and Allison Mitchell, designers.

- Northwest Pipeline: Vernon Jones, Bob Keener and Lloyd Hightower, chefs; and Lee Last, designer.

- Weber State College: Mike and Joyce Price and Denny Huston, chefs; and Weber State Student ASID, designers.

- KUTV: Tami Sanders and John O'Connor (from PM Magazine), chefs; and Elayne Taylor and Paul Archibald, designers.

- Little Caesars Pizza: David Kubena and Blair Underwood (from "L.A. Law"), chefs; and Robert Brain, designer.

- Price/Stern/Sloan, Publishers: Chuck and Barbara Gates and Ron Boone, chefs; and Ron Peterson and Sharon Olpin, designers.

Celebrity chefs will prepare appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts. The staff at Little America will adapt recipes to serve guests participating in the Gala. Recipes will be compiled by Mountain Fuel, and recipes from this and previous Gourmet Galas will be included in a book available through the March of Dimes office, 205 W. Seventh South, 363-5500.

Tickets for the fund-raiser are also available through the March of Dimes office.

After the gala, the display will be open to the public at no charge on Sunday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided.

Like Stein Eriksen, the March of Dimes has a dream - preventing birth defects and providing a healthy start for every baby. Continued community support, like the Gourmet Gala, contributes to the dream and ensures a place where dreams do come true.