A promise for the future

On Chautauqua Institution’s 141st birthday Tuesday, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted the Promise Celebration on Bestor Plaza. In a day of festivities culminating with Old First Night in the Amphitheater, the kid-friendly celebration incorporated music from the Chautauqua Community Band, food, sidewalk chalk contests and the crowd-pleasing massive Styrofoam letters spelling out “Promise.” The event served to raise awareness of the importance of philanthropy, particularly annual giving, to the Institution’s ability to carry out its mission. Contributions to the annual Chautauqua Fund represent more than 22 percent of the overall goal of the Promise Campaign — a major capital campaign built around the Chautauqua values of civility, inclusivity, sustainability, innovation and engagement.