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Philanthropy In Action


“Chautauqua embodies the overall enrichment of life…. I feel it’s a responsibility that devoted Chautauquans not just receive what Chautauqua gives, but importantly, give back in a big way for future generations, so those generations can experience the educational, spiritual and recreational wonders of Chautauqua.”

 

~ Jim Brady, member of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society, which recognizes those who have included Chautauqua in their will or other estate plans.

Philanthropy In Action

The Facets of a CHQ Family

When friends first introduced John and Christine Dawson to Chautauqua Institution for a week, they were smitten. Deciding to return was an easy decision... but they couldn’t have imagined that 25 years later, they would be experiencing this place with a house full of family.

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MEET JUSTIN, 12 YEAR OLD PHILANTHROPIST

Justin Kuhn is a 12 yr old Chautauquan and philanthropist who loves "the rush" of performing. Since his first appearance in second grade, he has had parts in productions at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, including The King and I, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, Annie, Grease, and Teen Angel.

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LANGENBERG'S GENEROUS GIFT HONORS A LIFE WELL LIVED

In the age of specialists — when people are sequestered more frequently than ever into trades within trades, when seldom is an artist also a businessperson — Oliver Langenberg stands out as perhaps the last of the Renaissance men.

An investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, art enthusiast, philosopher, thinker, athlete and an authentic man of the world, Oliver embraced an eternity of learning in a century of living.

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VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIP

At 13 years old, Diana Peters left home to dance with Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Now, at age 19, Peters is part of Tulsa Ballet’s secondary company, Tulsa Ballet II.

Peters, who said she has been dancing since she was a baby, embodies the passion involved in pursuing a life in the ballet but also emphasized the challenges.

“Nobody goes into dance to make money,” Peters said. >> full story

 


BESTOR SOCIETY MEMBERS

When Linda Silverberg enters the Main Gate for the first time each season, she said she starts humming the theme song from “Brigadoon,” the 1954 film about an enchanted Scottish village.

“I think (Chautauqua) is magical,” Linda said. “It’s a Brigadoon or a Camelot; it’s truly unique.” >> full story

 


ELEANOR B. DAUGHERTY SOCIETY

Jim Brady can remember the moment he fell in love with Chautauqua: The first time he entered the Main Gate.

“It was 2002 at a reunion for (my wife) Barbara’s family in Ellicottville, and we came to the Institution on a Sunday,” Jim said. >> full story

 


SHARING THE GIFT OF ART

Elmore DeMott transforms Chautauqua’s picturesque landscapes and architecture into elegant photographs that serve not only to please the eye but to please Chautauqua as well.

DeMott takes fine art photographs of Chautauqua, the sale of which benefits the Chautauqua Fund. >> full story

 


HAVING ROOTS & GROWING WINGS

“I remember one day when I was playing hooky from Club and stopped by the Amphitheater,” Ted Arnn said. “The poet John Ciardi was the lecturer that day. I was not necessarily a poetry person, but I stopped, and I couldn’t go away because it was so enthralling. >> full story

 


CHAUTAUQUA FUND VOLUNTEERS

It’s easy to sit in a lecture and hear about how to fix the government or how to find the common good, but a challenge for Chautauquans is taking those lessons and calls to action outside the gates.

Susan McKee and Hal Simmons have done just that — actively taking what they learn here at Chautauqua and putting it into action. >> full story

 


UNITY

“I’m a Chautauquan, through and through,” Jo-An Webb said.

Sitting on the porch of Alumni Hall, Webb detailed how she spent her past 40 years at Chautauqua, as well as her plans for the future.

Webb has made an impact on Chautauqua through her active involvement in organizations across the grounds over several decades, and she’s increased her investment in the Institution by investing in Chautauqua’s pooled life income fund.

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