About Wishes

The Wishes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to serve children in need by bringing the world's most beloved fairytale characters to life. Our volunteers interact with children in pediatric hospitals, special need schools, and social service institutions with a common goal of fostering one-on-one interactions and providing personalized attention absolutely free of charge for all visit recipients. 

 

Founded in 2016 by two Belmont University students, Kat O’Neill and Rachael Keneally, The Wishes Foundation has grown from two characters to twenty since its creation. Our character performers are carefully selected to ensure a passion for service, performance, and pediatric interaction, and must attend training sessions in not only character specific sessions, but also skills relevant to our population, such as sensitivity training, bedside mannerisms, and HIPAA training. To ensure the highest quality of character portrayal in the Nashville area, The Wishes Foundation is additionally committed to exact-replica costuming and custom-made costuming to represent the clearest image of our characters possible.

 

With operations in four branches — character performers, character assistants, a fundraising team, and an executive board — Wishes has gathered a total of over eighty volunteers in the Nashville area, all with a focus and passion for the joy of service.

 

The Wishes Foundation partners with local organizations such as The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, King’s Daughters Developmental Home, and High Hopes Development Center. Wishes continues to expand our client base and find joy in serving the Kingdom of Nashville.

What we do

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Character performers undergo an extensive application and audition process and are vigorously trained in the areas of character-specific portrayal, emotional sensitivity, special care interaction, and hospital policies.

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While our characters specialize in one-on-one interaction, The Wishes Foundation also provides activity programming for group visits. We are happy to plan our visit to your standards.

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If you would like a visit from the princesses, please contact usWhile we are based in Nashville, TN, we are more than happy to travel to you for a visit. All of our visits are provided free of charge to qualifying individuals and institutions.

Meet The Founders

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Kat O'Neill

Co-Founder & Former President

2016 - 2018

In addition to conceptualizing The Wishes Foundation, Kat served as President for the organization until her graduation from Belmont University in May 2019. She now resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Rachael Keneally

Co-Founder & Former President

2016 - 2020

Rachael's biggest honor was being chosen to partner with Kat to bring the idea of The Wishes Foundation to life. She led The Wishes Foundation for two incredible years, and has recently graduated from Belmont University in May 2020.

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