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Healing Though Music Event – Tickets now on Sale!

It is finally here – THE fundraising event benefiting Children’s Music Fund.  Our 6th Annual Healing Through Music Gala will be held on the  evening of Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at a private home in the beautiful Pacific Palisades. This swanky cocktail party will be one of our biggest events of the year where we hope to raise 30% of our budget in order to continue to provide free Music Therapy and Instrument donations to children who are living with chronic  conditions. We are currently expanding our hospital program and with a successful event – our growth can continue…Some of our CMF kiddos will be performing with their Music Therapist and we will have some parent testimonials as well. There will be live music and a program that includes an opportunity drawing & live and silent auctions. Catering is provided by Karma Bistro in Encino where Raphael has brought in the flavors of the Pacific Northwest to blend with our SoCal crispness.  For more information Contact Lesley Holmes on (310) 428-0589 or  Details on the venue will be provided once ticket purchase is confirmed.

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Join us for a Whisky Flight and Wisdom – Friday, September 19th, 2014

Whisky or is it Whiskey

Join us for a evening of whisky and wisdom

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Join us for a special evening of music, mirth and the mystery of whisky as Children’s Music Fund welcomes whisky writer and expert Rob Gard for an exclusive whisky tasting event. Rob will take you on a journey through the world of whisk(e)y from the backroads of Kentucky to the hills of Ireland, the streams of Scotland to the islands of Japan.
You will learn how whisk(e)y is made, the differences between whiskies from each country sampled, how to drink whisk(e)y and why sometimes that pesky “e” is before the “y” and why it’s not at other times.
The Children’s Music Fund’s mission is to provide Music Therapy and Musical Instruments to children with life altering conditions. Proceeds from from this event will help expand our program to more local children and hospitals.
Robert L. Gard is a former Los Angeles newspaper editor and a respected whisky expert, Rob’s columns and reviews have appeared in Whisky Magazine, Patterson’s Beverage Journal, and The Tasting Panel. He also writes for his own website,  Rob’s pieces have been described as “writing beyond the liquid.”

Children’s Music Fund Announces New Executive Director


LOS ANGELES, CA (August 5, 2014) – Children’s Music Fund (CMF) excitedly announces the appointment of its new Executive Director Lesley Holmes.  Ms. Holmes will lead the organization in its efforts to provide musical instruments and music therapy to children, adolescents and young adults with chronic conditions and life altering illnesses. Holmes is an enthusiastic professional, with both health care and non-profit experience. Holmes has spent the last 5 years as a patient advocate in the health care field while maintaining philanthropic ties to the non-profit charity that she founded for the children at Gardner Street School where she created and opened the Michael Jackson Music Education Lab. Holmes also organized community wide events to celebrate the School’s 100 year anniversary and promote various arts, music, community and educational projects. Holmes specializes in community outreach and building relationships with community leaders, to better the lives of children.

Chairman of the Board, Ara Oghoorian, CFA, CFP said, “We are very excited to have Lesley as our new Executive Director. Lesley brings enthusiasm and experience which will be instrumental in helping the CMF reach more children who can benefit from music therapy.” Mr. Oghoorian is also CEO and President of ACap Asset Management, Inc. in Encino, CA.

Holmes said,”I am super excited to be joining the CMF team – it combines two of my life’s greatest passions: kids and music, I need music everyday; I cannot wait to help bring its magic to kids who need it the most!”  Holmes is a Graduate of University of Southern California (BS Gerontology) and is also a licensed RCFE administrator. She has used music to help customize activity programs for older adults in residential facilities suffering from various types and degrees of dementia. She is the founder of Friends of Gardnerville a 501(c)(3) organization in Hollywood and a mother of two very musical girls. She lives in Hollywood with her daughters Sienna and Nya.

CMF, which was established in 2002 by Dr. Raffi Tachdjian, an allergist and pediatric pain specialist, and current  president of CMF. Dr. Tachdjian was inspired by his teenage patient, Justin who had failed multiple experimental protocols for treatment of his bone cancer. Finding him expressionless, Dr. Tachdjian gave up on his notepad to focus on the one thing that seemed to excite his patient – MUSIC!  “An important part of the mission of Children’s Music Fund is to provide music therapy for children with life-altering illnesses,” says Dr. Tachdjian.  “Music therapy can have a big impact on children who are hospitalized or suffering from serious illnesses because it helps them build the confidence and positive attitude they need to get them through their difficult struggle.” “We are excited to welcome Lesley Holmes as an experienced Executive Director who will help guide CMF to access more children to the powerful healing effects of Music Therapy,“ says Dr. Tachdjian.

About the Children’s Music Fund

CMF is a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide musical instruments and music therapy to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic conditions and life-altering illnesses, and to support research on the effects of music therapy. Through its community outreach programs, CMF serves children with a wide range of chronic and life threatening medical conditions and developmental disabilities, including cancer, hemophilia, cerebral palsy, juvenile arthritis, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, cleft palate, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis and autism.

Contact: Lesley Holmes (310) 428-0589

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