Janet Haney (left), poses with SSC Senior Development Director Amy Schomp and former Blues chair Rennan Bayturk
By Amy Schomp
Some people go over and above what’s expected when they agree to undertake a project. When this happens, I feel it’s really important to thank them in a meaningful way. That’s why this year at South Shore Conservatory’s Annual Meeting of the Overseers, we were honored to recognize and thank Janet Haney of Hingham as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Janet and her husband Bill have been involved with SSC since 2010.
I nominated Janet this year because she is not only an active SSC overseer, but most notably she has been the Chase Away the Winter Blues chair for the past five years. This is a huge undertaking! Under the strong leadership of this dedicated, hardworking woman, the Blues event has become one of the best and most successful fundraisers on the South Shore.
Years before she took over as Blues chair, Janet served as Blues Décor chair, transforming SSC’s Hingham campus into the Blues theme of the year. Through those years she made us into Paris, New Orleans, and a special Black and White themed venue. No task was too large for Janet, so when asked to chair the entire Blues event, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. I’m amazed at all she’s accomplished in her time as Blues chair. For the past five years she has overseen the Blues event sub-committees, and managing the silent auction, raffle, and scholarship board, that displays our financial progress throughout the event.
When complimented on the success of the fundraising event in the past, this warm, gentle woman, in her self-deprecating and modest way, says, “It’s a team effort.” She is the quiet, effective and elegant leader behind the Blues success. We could not do it without her. Right up until the last minute Janet is working hard to ensure the evening’s success. Each year, shortly before the event begins, I would find her in her beautiful dress, wearing her Uggs slippers, running around finalizing the smallest details making sure everything is perfect!
Over and above the Blues event, she has kindly hosted events and performances at her home and is always eager to volunteer and participate whenever asked and needed. SSC is a family affair for the Haneys. Janet’s husband Bill serves on the SSC Board of Trustees. And Janet’s children, Claire and Emma have taken violin lessons at SSC. Along with their older brother Luke, they also have volunteered for Chase Away the Winter Blues, as part of the SSC teen crew, helping with everything from greeting guests, to serving dinner and selling raffle tickets.
This year, our unflappable Volunteer of the Year is once again taking the lead for the Chase Away the Winter Blues gala chair. We thank her for all she has done and continues to do for us!