History of The Tacy Foundation
This year marks the 6th year of recording projects for young pianists in the Germantown area. In the spring of 2009 Mrs. Holliday’s students recorded their favorite pieces for patients of Hopkins Breast Center. The sets of 3 CDs, called Sounds of Hope & Healing, were donated to Johns Hopkins. The Avon Foundation received 500 CDs for the outgoing breast cancer patients and their families. In 2009, 300 copies of one of the discs were reissued upon the request of Avon Foundation for another half-year supply. A master CD was sent to United Arab Emirates for a hospital.
That relationship of donating children’s music CDs to Avon Foundation for Johns Hopkins Breast Center has continued to this day. From the overwhelming positive response from the Hopkins project, Mrs. Holliday founded the nonprofit organization, The Tacy Foundation.The Tacy Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization, which donates CDs recorded by children and teens. Excitement has grown as each recording project has progressed. In 2012, the foundation shipped 1400 CDs to New York City for the appreciation day and fundraiser for National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Fund for Thanksgiving Day, shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck the city. We had enough to spare for the Sandy Hook families, Newtown, Connecticut community, Fisher Houses and VA hospitals, and Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.
This past year, we have shipped over 4000 CDs to hospitals, including:
- Children’s National in Washington, DC
- St. Jude' s Childrens Research Hospital
- Shriners Children's Hospitals
- MD Anderson Cancer at the University of Texas
- Cincinnati Children’s
- Sloan-Kettering in New York
- Fischer Houses throughout the USA
- Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD
- Brooke Military Medical Center's Intrepid Project
- Washington Veteran Administration Medical Center
- Shady Grove Adventist Healthcare Hospital
- Asbury Methodist Village Assisted Living and Wilson Healthcare Center
It is an honor to bring the gift of music and its healing power from children and teens who live in the very diverse Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area to people throughout the United States. Interest in the CDs has generated interest for the creation of other programs. It offers several programs for youth in community service, such as live music at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, NIH Clinical Research Center, The Jewish Home of Greater Washington, Sunrise Senior Living, and Asbury Methodist Village. Live Background Music at Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, Maryland draws young musicians weekly to the lobby of the busy hospital center.