Posts Tagged ‘The Pick Me Up Foundation’

Aaron Reed TPMUF

There has been an update to the fundraising event on February 21st: Almost a 100 confirmed guest! Corner Stable has agreed to actually allow the fundraiser to be in the entire restaurant, so feel free to bring your families for dinner and 15% of your check will go to the Pick me up foundation !

Learn more about the event here:  https://thepickmeupfoundation.com/2015/01/21/fundraising-event-to-celebrate-aaron-reed-the-pick-me-up-foundation/

You can register for the event on Totally HoCo here: http://totallyhoco.com/event/fundraising-event-to-celebrate-aaron-reed-and-the-pick-me-up-foundation/?instance_id=4989

 

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Over 200 instruments were collected as part of The Pick Me Up Foundation instrument drive. For every instrument donated, a raffle chance was provided to the contributor that gave them a chance to win a $100 gift card from Music and Art. The official drawing was completed on January 15th. Check out the video of the random drawing:

Congratulations to Mel W.

We want to thank everyone that donated instruments.

Aaron Reed

Hosted by Shelby Dodson

In loving memory of Aaron Reed and the amazing friend he was to everybody he met, we would like to start a new tradition of an event to help raise money and awareness to his parents charity: The Pick Me Up Foundation

On Saturday, February 21st at 5:00pm Corner Stable in Columbia has graciously agreed to donate 15% of your checks directly to The Pick me up Foundation. We will also have a table where you can donate independently.

The Pick Me Up Foundation hopes to spread the dream that Aaron lived. To provide those with limited access and resources to get the tools they need to compose music. The mission is to help underprivileged individuals live their dreams of becoming a musician.
For more info: Thepickmeupfoundation.com

For those who don’t already know, February 19th is Aarons Birthday so this is a great opportunity to celebrate what a wonderful friend, son, brother, cousin, and person he was.

Please help spread the word to all of your friends, the more the merrier, and it would be truly appreciated.

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From Fox 5 News

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COLUMBIA, Md. – Here is a follow up to a story we brought you earlier this year. It is the story of a family’s heartache. But they are creating hope for others out of their own loss.

Aaron Reed had an ear for music and a generous heart.

“He was always willing to lend an instrument out,” said his father Brian. “If someone didn’t know how to play an instrument, he got really excited if they wanted to learn how to play.”

Aaron died suddenly last February. He had been living in Buffalo, N.Y. Days later, his dad went to retrieve Aaron’s belongings, including his music equipment.

Brian Reed returned home to Columbia, Md. But someone broke into the van while it was parked in the driveway and stole everything.

Police never solved the crime.

“If anyone has them, drop them off tomorrow,” Brian said. “We’ll take them. No questions asked.”

Aaron’s family has started a foundation.

“The foundation is named after the song Aaron and his friends in Buffalo were working on called ‘Pick Me Up,’” Aaron’s father explained.

They are collecting used instruments.

“We’re going to have them reconditioned and put them in the hands of under resourced kids who wouldn’t have the opportunity to play music,” said Brian.

They will be collecting at Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia on Saturday.

“To take a tragedy and try to make something good about it is tremendously therapeutic for our family,” he said.

The foundation’s big drive is this weekend, but they want to keep the instrument donations coming in. In fact, they have teamed up with a business called Music and Arts.

“They’ve opened up their stores in Howard County, Arundel Mills, Ellicott City and Laurel to accept instruments,” said Brian.

They are proud that Aaron’s spirit will live on.

“I have a saying: ‘Eyes forward,’” Brian told us. “Look forward. What happened in the past can change. If it’s negative, it’s just going to be a sea anchor on your leg. So we want to look ahead.”

If you want to donate an instrument or help The Pick Me Up Foundation, you can find all of the information at thepickmeupfoundation.com.

Watch the video here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/27454522/md-familys-heartbreak-foundation-music-instruments-those-in-need

From WBAL News Radio 1090 on November 20th

Anne Kramer

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A Howard County father is keeping his son’s memory alive through music.

Aaron Reed died suddenly back in January while in New York. He was 21.

He loved music. His father Brian says the best way to keep his son’s generous spirit alive was to start the foundation to try and help less fortunate kids have the chance to play musical instruments.

Aaron’s family suffered a double loss the day he died.

After coming back home with his prized instruments, the family’s van was broken into and the instruments stolen. Howard County Police never found the instruments. There have been no arrests.

Brian Reed says all the donated instruments will be reconditioned and given to children who can not afford to rent or buy an instrument.

The instrument drive takes place Saturday November 22nd at Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pick Me Up Foundation is working with Music & Arts which is offering drop-off locations in Ellicott City, Arundel Mills, and Laurel for instruments as well.

The Foundation will continue to collect used instruments throughout the year.

You can read the original article from WBAL here:  http://www.wbal.com/article/111024/3/dust-off-the-old-instrument-and-donate

From ABC2News on November 19th

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Aaron Reed passed away suddenly in January

From the Baltimore Sun this morning:

The Baltimore Sun

A Columbia family that endured the death of a son early this year is hoping to extend his musical legacy with a drive to collect instruments for those in need.

The Pick Me Up Foundation, an organization created in memory of Aaron Davis Reed, an aspiring musician who died unexpectedly in January at age 21, is hosting a musical instrument drive Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Kings Contrivance Village Center.

Donated instruments will be repaired and cleaned, and then given to children whose families otherwise could not afford them.

Reed was a 2010 Hammond High School graduate. After his death, his family — parents Brian and Esther Reed and his sister, Julia — worked with others to form the Pick Me Up Foundation, an organization named for an alternative rock song that Aaron Reed had been working on with a group in Boston.

The foundation’s website, thepickmeupfoundation.com, notes that the young artist, who was a founding member of Columbia bands The Runways and New World Commotion, “lived and breathed music.”

His father said Aaron played guitar, piano and drums, and spread his love for music to others.

You can read the full article on the Baltimore Sun website here:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-musical-collection-20141116-story.html

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Two new videos have been added to our “Videos” page. You can view them here: https://thepickmeupfoundation.com/videos/