Chasing away the winter blues in January

South Shore Conservency Gala, January 28, 2017.By Liz Graham
About 18 months ago, I decided to return to work after taking almost five years off to be home with my two little girls. My family was living in Boston at the time, and in the middle of building a home in Hingham. I often think that I must have been a little insane to take on a new job, look for a rental home, and enter the final stages of the building process! However, when I began my work with South Shore Conservatory (SSC), I knew it was the exact right time for me, and for them.

My main focus at SSC, is to organize our annual gala, Chase Away the Winter Blues. The Blues is our largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds benefitting Community Partnerships, Creative Arts Therapy and our tuition assistance program. Before I started working at SSC, this beloved event had always been a huge success.  But by 2017, it was due for a change.

My challenge was to move the venue from our Hingham campus, where the event was bursting at the seams, to a larger space, giving us the opportunity to tell our story, and ultimately raise more funds than ever before. Luckily, I had an incredibly engaged committee that worked enthusiastically and energetically to make the evening special, as well as helpful SSC colleagues, both providing guidance and support throughout the entire planning process. The event, held at the River Club in Scituate last year, was a magical evening of show-stopping performances, an exciting live auction and touching stories about the impact SSC has on our students’ lives.  It was a fun, thrilling evening, and I, for one, can’t wait to do it again this year!

This year’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, co-chaired by Linda Jones and Christine Puzo, takes place Saturday, January 27 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. The venue is beautiful and large enough to accommodate the large crowd the event draws.  The evening starts with a conversational cocktail hour, followed by dinner and a short presentation.  SSC’s talented faculty will be performing in various performances throughout the evening, and we are thrilled to introduce an After Party this year, for those who may wish to come for an evening of dancing after their children are tucked into bed.  With this new event, we are hoping to engage even more people within our community. We look forward to dancing the night away to the sounds of East Coast Soul and celebrating the fabulous work of SSC.

Through fundraising efforts, SSC strives to reach more and more communities and people who may not, otherwise, have access to music education. The Blues gala not only helps us to do just that, but also helps us get the word out about the diverse populations we serve. It’s truly a memorable event.  I hope to see you there!

South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues gala is Saturday, January 27, 6 pm at Boston Marriot Quincy, 1000 Marriot Drive, Quincy.  To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or for more information, visit or contact Liz Graham at or 781-749-7565 ext. 14.

Liz Graham of Hingham is South Shore Conservatory’s Special Events and Corporate Relations Liaison.


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