About The Wishes Foundation
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The Wishes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to serve needy children by bringing the world's most beloved fairytale characters to life. College students dress up as famous storybook figures and interact with children in pediatric hospitals, special need schools, and social service institutions.
The Wishes Foundation was founded in 2016 by Kat O'Neill and Rachael Keneally. The Belmont University students have grown the organization from two princesses to over twenty-three. Their goal is to bring love and magic by fostering one-on-one interactions and providing personalized attention to children who need it the most.
Our non-profit organization consists of members with a passion for service, performance, and pediatric interaction. The Wishes Foundation is unique in that we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of character portrayal so that kids can forget about their struggles and escape to a fairytale world.
The Wishes Foundation partners with local hospitals like The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial, as well as area shelters and special education schools, to bring beloved characters and smiles to sick or underprivileged children.
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.
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.
If you would like a visit from the princesses, please contact us.While 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 Presidents
Co-Founder & President Emeritus
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 Orlando, Florida participating in the Disney College Program.
Co-Founder, Vice President, President
2016 - Present
Rachael's biggest honor was being chosen to partner with Kat to bring the idea of The Wishes Foundation to life. She currently resides as President of the organization, and could not be more thrilled to serve Nashville with her team.