Sydney Maltese | Staff Writer
Members of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society had the treat of interviewing one of modern science’s best, Ralph J. Cicerone, during dessert at the 7th Annual Eleanor B. Daugherty Society Recognition Luncheon last Thursday at the Athenaeum Hotel.
Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Science and chair of the National Research Council, answered the queries of the 140 society members present and touched on topics as varied as autism, global warming, science education and genetically modified foods.
Cicerone commended the members present for their philanthropic endeavors and acknowledged the importance of their gifts.
“Something I’ve learned is what an American tradition philanthropy is. Philanthropy has been alive and well in the U.S. for some time,” Cicerone said. “I have enormous respect for what you have done and are doing here.”
Geof Follansbee, CEO of the Chautauqua Foundation and Institution vice president, similarly expressed his appreciation.
“Great endowment is built through deferred gifts,” Follansbee said.
As members of the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society, those who attended the luncheon know a great deal about the value of gift planning. The society was established to honor those who have remembered Chautauqua in their estate plans through a bequest intention, IRA or retirement plan, a life income arrangement, gift of real estate or a charitable lead trust.
The society is named in honor of Chautauquan Eleanor B. Daugherty, of Buffalo, N.Y. Daugherty was a retired music teacher whose major bequest to Chautauqua created an enduring legacy and continues to inspire other planned gifts.
Karen Blozie, director of campaign and gift planning, acknowledged all new members of the society and awarded each a lapel pin in the shape of the Daugherty Society logo.
Members of the Chautauqua Foundation Planned Giving Committee also stood for recognition. Chair John Corry, Laura Currie, Andrew Camden, Carol Chimento, Jack Connolly, Sylvia Faust, Joan Keogh, Susan Laubach, Sarah Rosen and C. Angus Schaal comprise the committee.
“What you’ve done is wonderful and very meaningful for the Institution,” Blozie said to all the society members.
Steve Percy, chair of the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors, also acknowledged those present for their impact on the Institution.
“We honor you who have used your foresight and generosity to secure the future of Chautauqua. You all know that philanthropy is the lifeblood of Chautauqua, and you are the backbone of that philanthropy,” Percy said.
Percy left the meeting to return to his 22-month-old grandson, Charlie.
“In a number of years, Charlie will want to bring his kids back here. It’s your generosity that secures that experience for him and for others,” Percy said.