The morning included a family fun zone where kids and families took part in activities such as face painting, balloon art and corn hole. Vanderbilt University’s mascot, Mr. Commodore, the Nashville Predators’ mascot, Gnash, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s mascot, Champ, were all on hand for the fun. Kenny Smoov from 92Q had the crowd dancing all morning and Miss Tennessee Teen USA Megan Ski Hollingsworth stopped by for a visit.
Jessica Bliss, storytelling columnist for the Tennessean, served as emcee for the pre-walk program. The crowd heard from Wish Ambassadors McKenzie, Levi, Jalen and Lily, who spoke about their wishes and what made their Make-A-Wish experience so special.
Presenting sponsor Franklin Kia’s Dan O’Brien joined Bliss and the Wish Ambassadors on stage to share some exciting news. Anniston who has battled Chiari malformation, found out her wish to go to Hawaii is coming true.
Several awards were presented during the program. GameStop won the Top Corporate Team award, raising more than $17,000. They will receive a pizza party courtesy of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Team Jessica won the Top Wish Family award. Her team included the Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball team. The Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee Young Leaders Board won the Top Friends and Family Award. And, Wish Kid Liam won the Top Individual Fundraiser award. He raised money in celebration of completing his chemotherapy treatment.
Walk for Wishes 2017 presented by Franklin Kia was made possible with additional support from 92Q, The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Crowe Horwath, Culture Studio, GameStop, Hunt Brothers Pizza, and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.