Peter Pan Foundation By Gina Campo
May 07, 2018 11:50AM
Ten princesses knocked on the door of a little girl with cancer to host a tea party and brighten her day. It’s all in a day's work for the Peter Pan Foundation, which has had a busy few months:
· Throwing a super hero Christmas party for foster kids.
· Being "knighted" by the St. Baldrick's Foundation for seven years of performances at the annual Children's Hospital shave event.
· Helping the San Francisco chapter of Make-A-Wish fulfill wishes.
· Giving special performances for kids with sensory issues and the deaf community.
· Casting a Cinderella in a wheelchair in our upcoming spring benefit musical.
· Donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthy causes over the past ten years.
These are just a few examples of the amazing work the Peter Pan Foundation (PPF) provides to the Bay Area community at a dizzying pace. The mission of this non-profit group in Lafayette is to spread light, love and joy every day. Founder Leslie Noel says, “We inspire children of all ages to reach their full potential by building confidence, character, and creativity through music and theatre while instilling the value of community outreach and philanthropy.”
While the goal is to bring music and magic to all audiences, the performers benefit as well. Teen Garrett Hannigan of Walnut Creek exclaimed, “Performing as Spiderman in the Easter Seals Bay Area event was my favorite event I've ever done. The kids were so amazing and kind and loving, as were the rest of our super squad. I'm always so humbled by these events, and I hope that we never stop because they are truly amazing.”
This year the Peter Pan Foundation has partnered with the local Make-A-Wish chapter to present and fulfill wishes. John Jatoft of Concord, a father of a PPF member, stepped up recently to help present Jacob with his wish: “As Batman, I was able to present our honorary hero with a special trip to Disney World Florida and Universal Studios. Jacob was surrounded by family and friends, and we enjoyed a magical moment where wishes come true. I felt like I was the one granted a wish by this special young man and his family.”
Come be a part of the magic and support this fabulous organization while seeing an amazing musical performance. The Peter Pan Foundation presents its annual original musical, Wish Upon a Star, over Memorial Day weekend at Diablo Valley College, 321 Golf Club Road, in Pleasant Hill. The magical musical adventure includes princesses, villains, heroes, and many other beloved characters sure to delight audiences of all ages. Proceeds benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The show features more than 200 performers in several alternating casts. Showtimes are May 26, 27, and 28 at 2pm and 7pm, and the younger cast performs at 10am on May 27 & 28. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, seniors, and military and can be purchased at www.peterpanfoundation.org.