The estimate is that since he arrived on the Connecticut scene in 1998, WFSB meteorologist and show host Scot Haney has either emceed and/or served as auctioneer at over 1,500 non-profit fundraisers, golf tournaments and galas.
His celebrity presence is a sure draw and the dozens of non-profits that have him on the program know it and are grateful. On Tuesday, the organizations joined together to surprise Haney on his 50th birthday and to say thank-you for his volunteer efforts.
“I am in shock, I don’t even know what to say,” said Haney as his eyes filled tears when he realized the luncheon was not the business meeting he had expected, but rather a room full of agency and organization heads who wanted to fete the guy who has helped them raise money for the past 15 years.
Nearly every major non-profit from the area from Nutmeg Big Brother Big Sisters, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and the Bridge, to Foodshare, The Intensive Education Academy and the Petit Family Foundation was represented at the luncheon held at Max Downtown.
“He never asks for anything,” said St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church pastor Father Tom Gallagher, who explained Haney serves each year as the auctioneer for the annual church golf tournament. “He comes in quietly, he gets loud and gets the job done and then leaves quietly.”
“He knows the need out there,” said Sister Helen Dowd of the Intensive Education Academy. “And he steps up to help.”
Besides an interesting assortment ofmugs and tee shirts form the agencies and organizations, Haney was also presented proclamations from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Dick Blumenthal.