Chairing Chase Away the Winter Blues


By Rennan Bayturk
My journey with South Shore Conservatory (SSC) started almost 20 years ago.  Both of my kids went to this fantastic music school for many years.  Even after their graduations, my journey still continues.  SSC is like my second home, and I have served as an SSC overseer for years.  I love volunteering for Duxbury Music Festival, which takes place in the summer, and Chase Away the Winter Blues gala, which takes place in late January. I feel privileged to be part of this amazing community.

The individuals I volunteer with are very dedicated and strong, and care about our surrounding communities.  We always increase our event goals so we can help even more people. Funds raised through these efforts help talented students, young and old, access music education through tuition assistance and scholarships; help individuals with disabilities access creative arts therapies programs; help those dealing with memory loss, and their care partners, access therapeutic activities designed to promote cognitive awareness and connection; and assist our community partnership programs, which include ImagineARTS, SSC’s kindergarten arts and literacy program, offered for free to the Brockton school system.  Proceeds from our fundraisers support these programs and more.  We work hard for this great nonprofit organization.  I become a better volunteer each year as I work with amazing, loving, caring and giving people.  I volunteer with great enthusiasm and look forward to many more years of volunteering.

This year I am co-chair of the Blues gala with Linda Jones.  It’s my second time as co-chair. The last time was many years ago when Blues took place at SSC’s Hingham campus. The gala has grown so big we had to move it to a bigger location, Boston Marriot Quincy, to accommodate more guests.  Last year we had 330 guests.  We hope to have 350 guests this year, to help kick off SSC’s 50th anniversary year.  It’s SSC’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

We have amazing live auction items, including a luxurious curated seven-day trip to Portugal, compliments of Travel Sommelier; a week skiing or hiking in Winter Park, Colorado; a getaway weekend via private jet to Martha’s Vineyard Island; a fantastic week on Key West, in the Old Town-Truman Annex; a Nantucket getaway weekend with dinner at Island Kitchen; and Sunday Jazz Brunch or dinner with chef Paul Wahlberg, hosted by Motoko and Gordon Deane.

Our Raffle Committee is preparing exciting raffle baskets, including jewelry from King’s Jewelers, Nichole VonDette children’s portrait session, entertainment basket with tickets to Boston Lyric Opera’s Norma, a fabulous wine basket, a beauty basket which includes a Spa Day at Mirabeau, a golf basket which includes a Granite Links Foursome, a fun sports basket with Bruins and Boston College Football tickets, a tennis basket which includes courtside ticket to the Tennis Hall of Fame, a private photobooth/Red Carpet in your home by AnOriginal Photography, and an exciting Hingham Police cruisier ride to take the winner’s kids to school! Who wouldn’t love that?

South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues gala is Saturday, January 25, from 6 pm to midnight at Boston Marriot Quincy, 1000 Marriot Drive in Quincy.  For those who cannot make the whole night, there’s a fantastic After Party that starts at 9 pm, with dance band East Coast Soul, a piano bar, and dessert bar.  I hope to see you there!  Learn more at or find South Shore Conservatory on Facebook.

South Shore Conservatory named Rennan Bayturk 2018 Volunteer of the Year for always cheerfully giving over and above.

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