Tanya Harroff | In my own words

I do what I do because I care. My community is most important to me, and the arts are the heart of a growing successful community. I hope all the hard work by volunteers will stimulate interest in companies that are looking for a place to call home and will help provide employment opportunities.

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because I care. My community is most important to me, and the arts are the heart of a growing successful community. I hope all the hard work by volunteers will stimulate interest in companies that are looking for a place to call home and will help provide employment opportunities. Our community is most fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers. The Canton Museum of Art has become a hallmark because of the dedication of many.

That is why Volunteer Angels was created, to recognize the volunteers who give unselfishly of their time to the CMA. The group is celebrating 20 years of success in 2012. This year, we should surpass $600,000 in unrestricted funds for the museum. The Angels hold no meetings, just luncheons in homes that are architecturally interesting. We have had the privilege of visiting several homes of area artists and those with extensive art collections.

We have helped the museum in needed areas and co-sponsored several major exhibits. In 2002, the Angels purchased a bronze sculpture from the exhibit “The Soul of Africa,” by Bart Walters, for the children of the community. We felt the exhibit was something that the children of our community would easily relate to and would promote interest in the arts among the younger generation.

What is on your bucket list?

Because I have been very fortunate, my bucket list — which included wanting to travel extensively, work with wonderful people in the volunteer community and meet people from many different countries and cultures — has been accomplished. My greatest desire now is to see my six beautiful grandchildren graduate from college and be successful in their endeavors, and hopefully to hold a great-grandchild.

What is on your mind?

The state of the country and the world is what should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. What we see in this world now is heartbreaking. Our children and grandchildren deserve to grow up and have opportunities, not struggle to survive.

ABOUT TANYA

WHAT: Community volunteer

COMMUNITY BOARDS: Served on the boards of Simpson United Methodist Church, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Fine Arts, Symphony League of Canton, and Family Services; has been general chairwoman for Christkindl Markt; created Volunteer Angels; co-chaired Kimono kickoff event; worked with Jane and Bill Curci to create the Wilderness Center’s Earthly Delights; is an American Red Cross Rape Crisis advocate; chaired second Inaugural Ball for the McKinley Museum; co-chaired the Rainbow Club for United Way of Central Stark County; helped create the Canton Garden Center Children’s Garden.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass