Tressie and her staff at The Austin Harmony Project bring students with special needs to the stage, propelling their self-confidence sky-high as they give heartfelt performances alongside professional Austin musicians.
RecognizeGood: The Foundation will present the RecognizeGood® Legend award to Tressie Seegers, founder of The Austin Harmony Project, in a ceremony to take place at the facilities of The Austin Harmony Project, 1806 W Stassney Lane, Austin TX 78745, beginning at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2014. As part of the award presentation, The Austin Harmony Project will receive a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation from RecognizeGood in Tressie’s name.
When Tressie Seegers first incorporated art and music into a life skills class serving high school-age students with developmental disabilities, she noticed something – the students’ behavior improved, self-esteem increased, and perhaps most significantly, their talents were recognized and encouraged. From that point forward, she worked to build an organization, now known as the Austin Harmony Project, enriching lives through art, music and a sense of community. Behind Tressie’s entrepreneurial spirit, young men and women with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and autism now perform regularly as members of the Sweet Harmony Band, delighting parents, supporters and each other as they sing and dance along with some of Austin’s most popular musicians. In 2013, the Austin Harmony Project provided over 1500 art and music enrichment hours to more than 80 students.
As a 2014 Legend, Tressie is now eligible to participate in RecognizeGood’s annual Say Thanks Austin campaign, an annual event which presents the Austin area with a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to a group of remarkable individuals who contribute their time and talents to our community. The participant with the most Thank You votes receives a pay-it-forward donation of $10,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.