Edward was a humble, kind, gentle person and a role model to his children and grandchildren for how to be a good human being.
In 2009, Edward’s grandson, Patrick Touhy, learned that more than 40 of his fellow classmates at Marist High School would not graduate with him because they could not afford to make their final tuition payments. He returned his scholarship to the school so that some of his classmates might graduate, but the need greatly exceeded his act of generosity. His extended family took up the cause and, with great effort and sacrifice, met the financial needs of each and every one of his 40 classmates.
Edward’s daughter, Mary Kay, and son, Ed, 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 as their peers 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 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.