SSC’s Chase Away the Winter Blues gala launches 50th anniversary year

(L to R) Lauren Pimpare, Kristin and Doug Campbell, Jay Pimpare, Tyler and Jenna Thibeault, Lindsay Deane-Mayer and Zachary Mayer, all from Cohasset, enjoying South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 26, 2019. Photo by Lisa Abitbol.

PATRIOT LEDGER – South Shore Conservatory will celebrate the 15th year of its Chase Away the Winter Blues gala from 6 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 25 at the Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Drive.

The evening of community kicks off SSC’s year-long 50th anniversary. In 2019, the gala raised over $330,000. Proceeds from the gala benefit SSC Community Partnerships, which includes ImagineARTS, SSC’s arts and literacy program in the Brockton public schools; Creative Arts Therapies programs; and SSC’s tuition assistance program, affording students the opportunity to receive a music education. SSC believes that everyone, regardless of age, ability or circumstance, can benefit from music and arts education

Blues co-chairs Linda Jones and Rennan Bayturk, along with a Blues committee, comprised of SSC trustees, overseers, parents, and friends have worked to create the evening. The event begins with a cocktail reception with an SSC faculty jazz quartet, followed by a seated dinner program with musical performances and a live auction, followed by a paddle raise. Throughout the evening, guests can take chances on raffle baskets.

Guests enjoyed mingling at South Shore Conservatory’s Chase Away the Winter Blues, January 26, 2019. Photo by Lisa Abitbol.

Live auctions items include a Curated Trip to Portugal donated by Travel Sommelier; a Getaway Week in Winter Park, Colorado; a JETaway weekend to Martha’s Vineyard courtesy of Penmor Aviation; a private Sunday Jazz Brunch catered by Paul Wahlberg; and a Key West Week in Old Town to name a few.

This year, the Raffle Committee has coordinated an offering of raffle baskets including Boston Lyric Opera opening night of “Norma,” jewelry donated by King’s Jewelers, tickets to the Tennis Hall of Fame, spa treatments, tickets to Bruins and a Granite Links Foursome. Raffle baskets are valued from $500 to $1,500. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event for $50 for one ticket or $100 for three tickets.

For the late-night crowd, there is an After Party with sweets and drinks sponsored by Massa Products Corporation. Festivities include East Coast Soul and the sing-along Piano Bar, featuring SSC’s faculty members including Emily Browder Melville on vocals, Peter Mundt on guitar and vocals and Jeff Williams on the piano. After Party chair Dawn Stancavish, along with committee members, have a celebratory party planned.

Tables and tickets are on sale now. Tables begin at $5,000, individual tickets are $275 which include the After Party, starting at 9 p.m. For those who cannot attend the full gala, After Party tickets may be purchased for $100. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit http://sscmusic.org or contact Donna Ryan at d.ryan@sscmusic.org or 781-421-6162, ext. 207. The Boston Marriott Quincy has a discounted room rate for Blues guests.

For a full line up of classes and programs at South Shore Conservatory, visit http://sscmusic.org or follow South Shore Conservatory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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