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Our Mission

What does Edward Touhy do to help?

The Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation was established to provide necessary resources to economically disadvantaged high-school students attending private school in Chicago, Illinois. These resources help the students build character and self esteem, allowing them to make decisions that will lead to a brighter future.

Our Story

For 20 years, Edward Touhy worked 2-3 jobs to provide his family with essentials as well as a strong private school education. Today, the Touhy family helps Chicago students overcome hardship.

Edward is a humble, kind, gentle person and a role model to his children and grandchildren for how to be a good human being. Edward's daughter, Mary Kay, son, Ed, and grandson, Patrick created and established the Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation to provide a "Guardian Angel" for students who need a little extra help in life, so they may begin their next chapter with a promise of success.

Our Guardian Angels look after students to give them the support system they need to succeed, and ultimately make the right choices
in life.

The Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation was established with one primary goal: to assist students affected by adversity by giving them both emotional encouragement and an equal chance to continue on to higher education. We make sure they know that although things may be hard now, people are rooting for them to succeed.

Through family hardship and financial difficulties, our Angels are there to help by providing school related gifts to students in need.

Along with grants, the Foundation provides gifts in kind to families with children who attend private high school. These gifts may include school uniforms, books, school supplies, food donations, housing and gift cards for clothing and groceries. The driving force behind such grants and donations is the recognition of need demonstrated by students and their families who have experienced an unforeseen hardship, such the death of a parent, loss of employment or a family illness.

With the help of our scholarship grants and gifts, students earn their wings, allowing them to walk across that stage and enter into the next chapter of their education.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who help make our mission possible!

Impact

Reading notes of appreciation from the people we have helped always makes us smile. We hope you enjoy them too!

Edward,
I can't thank the Edward Touhy Foundation enough for the surprise this morning! After you left, I called the woman who organizes our Giving Tree down at the office and I think she had tears in her eyes. She is making arrangements to get the bags to the families over Christmas break. It is a simply incredible gift by the Foundation.
—Tom Ramsden, Director of Institutional Advancement

Dear Mr. Touhy,
Thank you and the Guardian Angel Foundation for the ten Christmas baskets you provided to St. Laurence High School. Ten of our neediest families had a Christmas that was just a little bit brighter because of your generosity. We deeply appreciate your assistance and wish you continued success in the vital ministry you provide. —Anne Tucker, Director of Development

Get Involved

Between work and family, life is busy! But for when you have some extra time, we have a variety of opportunities to get involved in. Be sure to check out our Events page!

 

Corporate and Organization Opportunities

Not only are these great ways for a company or organization to give back, but they are also a perfect way to bring a group together. We extend the opportunity for unique fundraising events to alumni groups, organizations, corporate sponsorships, and other clubs.

To learn how your organization can get involved please contact us at: info@edtouhyguardianangel.org.

 

Special Events

The Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation always has a fun and exciting way for you to get involved. No matter your taste, we have a way for you to meet other individuals who care about the students and schools we serve as much as you do.

To learn more about upcoming special events please contact us at: info@edtouhyguardianangel.org.

 

Annual Food Drive

Everyday, there are many children around the United States that wake up, go to school, and go to bed hungry. Acoordning to Feed America, as many as 17 million children nationwide are struggling with what is known as food insecurity, meaning that these kids are unsure of where they are going to find their next meal. Several studies have shown that food insecurity affects cognitive development as well as school performance. Additional research shows that with hunger comes more frequent sickness and therefore
higher healthcare costs.

How does our Foundation help fight hunger with students?

The Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation provides food to students and their families through various venues. The Foundation holds an annual food drive throughout the Chicagoland area. Jewel and Dominick's donate provisions for holiday meals as well as essential non-perishable food items. Panera Bread also generously provides meals to students and their families. Residential and commericial buildings encourage their residents and tenants to donate to the food drive containers in their buildings. 

Events

Get in the Edward Touhy know! There is always a way to give back while having fun with the organization and others who care.

Current Events

Senior PROMise March-April 2013

Do you remember how much fun you had at your prom? Many students find it impossible to attend their high school prom because of the huge expenses that come with it. Your contribution will allow many young men and women to participate in a special evening meant to reward them for their academic achievements.

Help Wanted: Guardian Angels! SENIOR PROMise provides formal wear to girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, we are able to turn dreams into lifetime memories. Your contribution will allow many young women to participate in their Senior Prom and reward them for their academic achievement.

Be an Angel + Donate!
For more information please contact info@edtouhyguardianangel.org

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Summer Bash June 2013

Enjoy a warm summer evening filled wtih festive cocktails and delights for a great cause. Proceeds will help raise money to help high school students realize their dreams.

Past Events*

Annual Food Drive 2012

Approximately 400 bags of non-perishable essential groceries including soup, cereal, vegetables, and more were distributed to students and their families. Each bag of groceries averaged $72.00 plus a gift card to a local grocery store. A big thank you goes to Walmart, Dominick's, Jewel and Panera Bread. Our volunteers worked tirelessly for days gathering the donations, bagging them, and distributing them. Thanks to each and every person who helped make sure our students do not go to school hungry.

2nd Annual Summer Bash June 12, 2012

Over $10,000 was raised at the 2012 Summer Bash after a night of cocktails and warm weather socializing. The Foundation drew in many new people that were interested in volunteering! People opened their hearts and their wallets and had a great night.

*Visit our Facebook and view our Flickr albums for details about the success of the events!

Wear Your Wings

Our Angel shirt helps a high school student realize their dreams. You can earn your wings and wear them with pride!

FREE
with a $100+ donation

The Edward Touhy Guardian Angel T-Shirt is 100% white cotton with the green Angel wing logo on the front.

Angel T-shirts come in S, M, L, XL & XXL

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FREE
with a $1,000+ donation

Your $1,000+ donation package includes an Edward Touhy t-shirt, hat and mug, and two packs of M&M’s®.

Angel T-shirts come in S, M, L, XL & XXL

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