Inspiring Hope December 2022

Tacy Foundation Inspiring Hope December 2022
Inspiring Hope!
December 2022

♩ Director’s Corner

Happy holidays to everyone!

Volunteers are preparing 4,500 cards. These will be homemade as well as pre-printed cards designed by Ana Eastep and printed by MCPADNET. They will go to 2,000 seniors, 1,000 hospital staff, many patients, 100 children in Title 1 schools, 700 military families in 68 U.S. Fisher Houses, and 500 First Responders Children.

Our volunteers send their brightest holiday wishes with each card. Included in the envelope will be a small, precious gift—a business card with the QR code for instant access to the huge video library of volunteers’ music and stories. These cards are designed by Michael Tacy to connect everyone with the Foundation’s private YouTube playlist. The links are included in holiday cards for all seniors, hospital staff, patients, Fisher House families, Walter Reed visitors in the America Building, and First Responders Children Foundation.

Volunteers are preparing holiday music to play for seniors. There will be caroling again, live music celebrations, and lots of joy from going in person to hear the stories of holidays past from seniors. Remarkably, seven events fill our lives with purposeful sharing each weekend. On school days, volunteers race to elementary schools for afterschool Piano Pals and Guitar Pals.  At home, they are reading stories for the Reading Express video playlist, recording for the music playlist, and creating new music for a better world through Composer’s Circle.  

We extend our gratitude and happy holiday wishes to you all and to:
•    the young volunteers for creating messages of hope and love on each card 
•    Chief Interns for managing live music, piano and guitar pals, and the YouTube playlist 
•    all parents who provide resources, transportation, and encouragement for every live music event
•    music teachers who train our student volunteers to play beautiful music on their instruments
•    all adult volunteer staff who arrange and facilitate opportunities to serve and encourage everyone to be generous and gracious
•    Michael Tacy, who manages Composer’s Circle and our web presence
•    the Board of Directors for continued guidance and tremendous support 
•    Michael Favin, our brilliant newsletter editor
•    Alison Boynton, our vivacious, conscientious Programs Manager
•    Jenny Utz, the ever-faithful, judicious, and caring Data Manager for Student Service Learning since the Foundation’s beginnings
•    Michael Engel, prolific recording engineer since the Foundation’s beginnings
•    Karen and Homer Edwards, President and Vice-President of MCPADNET, the foundation’s design and shipping company
•    Nakkai Long-Martin, MCPADNET’s enthusiastic Customer Service Manager
•    Henry and Amera Bharmal, owners of Fast Signs
•    Jacqueline Zappala, print designer and data manager par excellence, and
•    the founding board members and many families who in 2008 carried the hope for the Foundation to grow the programs that we are so proud to bring to this community in the nation’s capital area.

Please note the brief article below on a performance for seniors at Brightview Great Falls. It stirs my heart that the music reminded them of their service and love of country. This was also another powerful moment for young volunteers who saw the seniors move to the music and sing the familiar patriotic songs. What a great affirmation that you all are making such a difference as you serve others. Hats off to the Great Falls team of musicians!  

Charlotte Holliday

A Note from Mrs. Berry, a volunteer adult supervisor for Piano Pals at 
Brown Station Elementary School:
Piano Pals was cancelled last Wednesday due to the terrible gas explosion that occurred in the apartments across the street. My church, Greenridge Baptist Church, posted this in our weekly newsletter. 

Many of you have heard about the explosions in the Potomac Oaks community in Gaithersburg. Nearly 75 people have been displaced because of the explosion. The biggest need right now is for clothing and monetary donations. If you want to help, there are two ways to do so. First, you can donate directly at  Second, you can donate clothing in the donation bin located in the Cove area of the main lobby.
‘Tis the Season for Cards
Karina Willis-Lara, Adult Volunteer with the Tacy Foundation Cards Team
Thank you to all the volunteers who created handmade cards for the First Responders Thank You Cards Project. The First Responders receiving these cards will know that we are so thankful for their selfless service to the greater community and all of them are true heroes!

We collected several hundred (900+) designed cards with thoughtful messages from volunteers in Maryland and Virginia. Our volunteers showed these First Responders that we are thankful and appreciative of all their efforts to help so many people by creating these beautiful handmade cards. 

The Ft. Meyer Emergency Operations Center, which is a very vibrant and actively responsive station in Florida, received cards specifically for their efforts related to Hurricane Ian. Many cards were also mailed to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, which supports first responders, their children, and their families.

A special thank you to Ms. Holliday for connecting with the United Way, which helped the Tacy Foundation find the Emergency Operation Center in the center of the deeply impacted Florida communities of Lee County at Ft. Myer and Collier County. Additionally, thank you to our Cards Team: Mario Lara, Matthew Kim and Eric Zou! We look forward to our next holiday cards project in December. 
Note from Mrs. Holliday to the Cards Team, November 22, 2022

Your efforts are truly stellar! All cards’ messages and graphics will make a difference in those lives who dropped everything to run into harm’s way and rescue those who could not rescue themselves. As you say in your messages, they are true heroes.

Today, I am sending out all several hundred (300+) cards that have come in from volunteers in Maryland and Virginia. The Ft. Meyer EOC is a very vibrant, actively responsive station that will receive your and everyone’s beautiful thank you cards….

Thank you for your leadership and artistry!
Luke D'Souza
Samuel and Shaun Wang
Patriotic Medley
By Jenny Kim

Max Kim played at Brightview Great Falls for Tacy on November 19. One of his pieces was a patriotic medley. The audience responded enthusiastically, swaying to the music and singing along softly. A few veterans and veterans’ wives were in the audience. We were touched to not only represent the Tacy Foundation but also to have the opportunity to serve our veterans in honor of Veterans Day. 

Watch a clip of the performance here!
Rewarding Experiences
By Caroline Su

I’m Caroline Su, an 8th grader at Longfellow MS in McLean. Since joining the Tacy Foundation in the spring of 2022, I have performed at several senior facilities. I also have had the honor of performing at the NIH Youth Concert. All events have been well organized by the very dedicated and capable Chief Interns. I plan to keep exploring the Foundation’s various activities and look forward to being a Chief Intern myself one day. 

My experiences in sharing music with the public has deepened both my motivation and skills and has had a positive impact on my music career. Recently I won the very competitive Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) state competition and will represent the Commonwealth of Virginia as a finalist in the Southern Division Junior Piano Competition. Over the summer, I won the 2022 Knabe International Competition in the junior division. I thank my wonderful teacher, Ms. Lisa Emenheiser Sarratt, for my achievements as well as her support for my participation with the Tacy Foundation.

Chess at Asbury Methodist Village
By Joseph Mathew
When I first thought of volunteering at Asbury, I was thinking what any other teen my age was thinking: it would be boring. But as soon as I stepped through the doors of the building, I was blown away. 

Let me explain. Last year during one of my piano classes, I was chatting with Ms. Holliday about what was happening at the time, and I mentioned that I had participated in a chess tournament. When Ms. Holliday heard this, she suggested that my friend and I should volunteer at Asbury to teach chess skills to the kind seniors there. This was when I got the idea of volunteering. Fast forward to a year later, and I am now looking forward to going to Asbury on Saturdays to meet with the seniors there and talk with them about our shared passion: chess.

Last week I had the first meeting with the seniors at Asbury. As soon as I walked in, the coordinator of volunteering greeted me and encouraged me to have some snacks. I was blown away by their hospitality! After a few minutes of conversing, she led me to the game room where my first “student” was waiting. While walking to the room, I couldn’t help but notice the numerous flyers on the wall that were advertising my visit to Asbury. I felt deeply honored to be there because the seniors were expecting my visit. When we got there, I met a very friendly man who was eager to play chess with me. We talked about many things as we played and overall had a very fun time. After our session, we parted ways until the next meeting. I enjoyed serving our senior community and am looking forward to meeting more seniors in the future.
Testimony of an Active Volunteer
By Max Belyanstev

My name is Max Belyantsev, and I’m a junior at Richard Montgomery HS in Rockville, Maryland. I’m thrilled to serve my community as a Chief Intern for Live Music events at the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and as a volunteer pianist at several other locations.

As Thanksgiving approaches, one of the things I’m thankful for is the opportunity to be constantly involved with the Tacy Foundation, an organization that lifts spirits all over the globe through music. The Foundation has built a community like no other—one where kind and sincere young adults band together to provide music instruction to underprivileged kids and seniors and hold breathtaking performances at hospitals and senior care centers all over. We are lucky to bring joy to thousands of patients, family members, doctors, and administrative staff through our musical performances, recordings, and DVDs.

From firsthand experience, I can confidently say that volunteering makes a difference. At one of the performances I recently led in Silver Spring, a man overheard our playing and stopped to listen. He found our music to be pleasant during a particularly troubling time in his life, and even wished to address and thank us for our efforts. Sometimes while waiting for someone to bring the car around, mothers with their newborn children listen to the music we play in the lobby. Siblings, parents, and even grandparents often join our audience. In Rockville, some friends and I visit a nursing home once a month to play piano for seniors. Some of these seniors were once musicians themselves, and our music helps them fondly remember their youth. At our NIH performances, we help hearten the doctors, scientists, and other wonderful people who dedicate long hours to scientific discovery and patient treatment. 

These are real lives that the Tacy Foundation touches with music, and it’s been an honor to be part of this worthwhile effort. As our community continues to expand, I look forward to the memories we’ll make and the positive impact we’ll have. Let’s fill this holiday season with music like never before!

The Tacy Foundation
Educational Mission: Foster youth development through music, story and mentoring
Philanthropic Mission Empower youth to discover and use their gifts in service to others
Social Mission: Build community partnerships and create intergenerational connections
      Whom We Serve
          Service members
          Economically disadvantaged
          Individuals who want to serve
     How We Serve (Programs)
          Live music concerts
          Reading Express®
          Piano Pals®
          Guitar Pals®
          Composers’ Circle
          Music USBs
          Musical equipment
          COVID projects: video, email, cards, puzzles for outreach to the community
Charlotte Holliday, Founder and Executive Director
Matthew D. Scott and Michael Tacy, Graphic Editors
Michael Favin, Chief Editor
Siddharth Kondam, Teen Editor
Ethan Schenker, Teen Editor
Donations are appreciated.  All adult and teen staff are volunteers.  No salaries or benefits. Every dollar you donate goes to supplies for all projects offered to the community. 
Thank you!  
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