Jean Hudson Gano Awards

The Jean Hudson Gano Community Service Award was established in May of 1997 in celebration of Jean’s life. Jean was an outstanding Junior League and community volunteer.  In the ten years that Jean Gano was a member of the Junior League of Summit, she  chaired Ways and Means, served on the Board as Council Coordinator, chaired the Focusing Task Force, trouped with Kids on the Block, served on the Provisional Committee and the Membership Activities Committee, and gave countless hours to our Shops in any role that was needed. 

Jean was always involved with her children’s schools: Summit Child Care Centers, Central Presbyterian Church Weekday Nursery School and Kindergarten, Brayton Elementary School and The Peck School. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham benefited greatly from Jean’s time and talent.  She taught Sunday School and was a member of the Vestry. Jean also helped in fundraising efforts for St. Paul’s.

In the community, Jean served on the boards of Senior Connections and the Resource Center for Women.  For several years, she was involved with The Golden Bell Ball as co-chair of the Hostess Committee and later as an advisor.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Jean became active with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure in both New York City and Baltimore.  She also became a member of the executive committee of Pathways, a breast cancer resource center sponsored by the Resource Center for Women, Overlook Hospital, and the Summit YWCA.  It was Jean who inspired and wrote the first Pathways general community contribution pledge letter.

Jean’s impact on the community was far-reaching and long lasting.  The award given in her memory will ensure that her extraordinary commitment to voluntarism will never be forgotten.

Criteria for Jean Hudson Gano Award

Individual nominees should be women of high school age or above whose dedication and excellence in leadership has served her community through her volunteer efforts, either within the preceding year or as a long-term, on-going commitment.  Organizations nominated should be those that benefit women and/or children in our community with particular attention being given to the accomplishments within the past year.  (Organizations nominated need to supply verification of 501(c)3 status).  Nominees from the communities of Berkeley Heights, Chatham, New Providence, and Summit are eligible for the award.  The award recipient will be honored at the Junior League of Summit Annual Dinner, and the recipient’s name will be displayed on a plaque at the JLS Thrift Shop.  Recipients will receive a monetary award of $500 to use as they see fit, as per the wishes of Jean’s father, Mr. William Hudson, who gave the generous gift.