The Michelle's Angels Foundation Inc. (MAF) today announced the appointment of Tony DeBlois of Randolph, Massachusetts to the nonprofit organization’s roster of singer-songwriter Angel Artists.
Online PR News – 18-March-2013 – Clarence, NY – The Michelle’s Angels Foundation Inc. (MAF) today announced the appointment of Tony DeBlois of Randolph, Massachusetts to the nonprofit organization’s roster of Angel Artists. Tony joins a group of talented performers and singer-songwriters who gift their music to comfort those who are hurting or are facing any one of life’s many challenges. Visitors to the foundation’s website are able to learn more about Tony’s amazing life and career, as well as listen to his gift of music free of any charges or fees.
Born weighing 1 lb. 3/4 oz. was just the first obstacle Tony DeBlois had to overcome. Tony is blind, autistic and has Savant Syndrome. Over his 39 years, his mother Janice DeBlois never stopped believing that her son was a gift from God. He has played piano since age two. He plays more than 20 instruments and sings in 11 languages. Tony was the subject of the 1997 CBS made for TV, movie of the week “Journey of the Heart” which was inspired by actual events in Tony’s life. Besides piano, Tony enjoys playing the organ, harmonica, guitar, harpsichord, English handbells, violin, banjo, drums, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, mandolin, flute and trumpet. Additionally, he has appeared on The Learning Channel’s “Uncommon Genius,” Strange Science “Unusual People,” and “Understanding the Mysteries of Memory.” He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them are Boston Celtics “Hero Among Us”(2003), the coveted Reynolds Society Achievement Award (1996), the Foundation for Exceptional Children’s prestigious “Yes, I can” Award (1993) and the Panasonic Sponsored, VSAarts Itzhak Perlman Award (1992).
Michelles Angels Foundation’s mission is to use networking via the organization’s website to provide love, hope, compassion and comforting music to those who quietly suffer or are facing any one of life’s many challenges. The Angels Artists (a team of volunteer performers and singer-songwriters) provide beauty and compassion by donating their comforting music free of charge on the MAF website’s music café and during live performances at the bedside of those who suffer in hospitals, surgical wards, cancer treatment centers, Hospices and more. In addition, emotional support is given through volunteer Angel Outreach (emails, letters, texts or phone calls), and the website’s prayer and remembrance lists.
“Janice DeBlois’ perseverance and concentration on Tony’s abilities, rather than disabilities, opened up the world for him. His music reflects the Michelle’s Angels Foundation’s spirit and compassion,” said MAF President, Herb Knoll. “Tony has amazed and delighted audiences across America, as well as in Ireland, Nigeria, Singapore, China, Canada and Taiwan. His concerts begin with music he has chosen, and then he turns to the audience for requests, working from a repertoire of more than 8,000 songs he can play from memory! Tony truly deserves the honor of becoming an Angel Artist.”
For more information on Tony DeBlois visit his website tonydeblois.com. And to learn more about MAF, visit the foundation's website michellesangels.com.
About Michelle’s Angels Foundation, Inc.
Michelle’s Angels Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to provide love, hope, compassion and comforting music to those who quietly suffer from a wide range of illnesses or life’s challenges. The foundation’s website serves as the principle vehicle employed by the foundation to aid others and their loved ones. MAF is a New York State not-for-profit corporation, and is recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. MAF, Inc. is registered with the Office of the New York State Attorney General (NYS Reg. No. 41-55-45), the Tennessee Department of State (CO 13756) in the State of Florida (CH32995) and is currently exempt from registration in the state of West Virginia. All donations to MAF, Inc. are tax deductible. For more information visit the foundation's website michellesangels.com.