Everyone is destined to do great things in their lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s small or big. What counts is how greatly it impacts their community or life. One local non-profit organization, Royal Family Kids, is doing just that. They are giving fairytale endings to children in foster care whose lives have been impacted by abuse, neglect and abandonment.

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These villains are ready to strike a plan! If your kids love the villains of the story, they can prepare the best evil laugh just for them. Photo credit: Chris Mayfield

Royal Family Kids, founded by Wayne Tesch in California, aims to help children who have been neglected, abused and abandoned discover and experience love, purpose, and hope. Starting in the 90s, Royal Family Kids’ mission is to show hurting children there are adults who can be trusted and instill a sense of self-worth into every life. Now, an international organization, Royal Family Kids, has served local foster children in the Tri-Cities for 18 years.

The Fairytale Beginning

Because it is an all-volunteer endeavor, the organization is charged with raising the money to support its events. This includes a resident summer camp, mentoring program, and monthly club meetings. All are attended by the foster kids they serve.

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This was a live speed painting made starring Elsa and Anna. The speed painter helped raise $1,000 for this painting! Photo credit: Chris Mayfield

The need for fundraising resulted in the Annual Royal Family Fairy Tale Ball. First held at the Faith Assembly Tri-Cities as a mother-daughter tea, 245 guests attended. And in its first year, they raised $3,000. Over the years, they have grown into an annual public event with over 600 guests, 40 character performers, and dozens of other volunteers. Choreographers, hair and makeup artists, DJs, vendors, and other crew members participate in this event.

These events are all about the children’s adorable reactions when seeing the princesses, princes, and villains. The giggling and excited squeals of the kids as soon as they see the characters walk in are everything to this team, who have spent months preparing a unique and magical event for their guests. The life story of the performers (many of whom were foster children or adoptees themselves) is why Royal Family Kids volunteers to do what they do.

The first sponsor Royal Family Kids received was in the year 2018. Since then, they have had sponsors from companies such as Yakima Federal, Bruce Heating and Air, and Kindness Revolution. Receiving help from others to raise money for the kids is always welcome. At one event, even a 7-year-old attended and presented the producer with a $600 check she raised herself to donate to Royal Family Kids.

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These are all the gorgeous princesses that you will get to meet during the event. Auditions are held each year to decide who will portray who for the next year. Photo credit: Chris Mayfield

Fun 2023 Events for Royal Family Kids

In the upcoming year of 2023, this wonderful non-profit organization has many plans for the kids they serve. Get ready, Tri-Cities, because the Royal Family Kids team is bringing an Under the Sea adventure. On April 15, Royal Family Kids will host another event starring two characters. Moana and Ariel will take you and your kids on an adventure. There are meet-and-greets with the characters, music, food, and a big performance at the end. Imagine your kids meeting 40 of their favorite princesses, princes, and villainous characters. Taking pictures of your kids’ big smiles is a memory you all will cherish forever.

And not only do they have this extraordinary event in April, but they are also bringing Tri-Cities a 5K Superhero Fun Run. On June 24, you and your kids, nieces and nephews can dress up as your favorite superheroes and run/walk/jog. A fun family event, summer will not be boring if you participate in this adored event.

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Don’t miss the 2023 Under the Sea Fairy Tale Ball. Starring Moana and Ariel, this is an ocean adventure. Photo courtesy: Royal Family Kids

If you have any questions, would like to serve as an event sponsor, or donate, please get in touch with Chris Mayfield. Everyone that comes to their events brings a purpose. Knowing that they are helping make kids feel happy and loved, Royal Family Kids is a prime example of believing in the power of helping others. This non-profit organization’s fairytale is just beginning, and they are destined for more.

Follow Royal Family Kids on Facebook at either Royal Family Fairy Tale Ball or Royal Family Super Hero Fun Run and 5K for updates and ticket information. And remember to never stop helping others in need, Tri-Cities.

Chris Mayfield

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