For some members of the community, the Chautauqua experience has given them so much that they feel compelled to give back, sharing their time and talents.
On Wednesday evening, these volunteers were honored at an event in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor to celebrate their commitment to Chautauqua Institution.
Among those in attendance were volunteers for the Promise Campaign, Planned Giving Committee, Chautauqua Fund, readers for The Chautauqua Prize, CHQ Advocates, NOW Generation leadership, greeters and Visitors Center volunteers.
“I think it’s a good opportunity to get together with other volunteers … and just a chance to socialize and talk about the programs and what’s going on,” said Chautauqua Fund volunteer Joe Patton.
The guests mingled, enjoying tapas and music provided by Barbara Dempsey and Company.
Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, briefly spoke and recognized volunteers as valued members of the Chautauqua community.
“We could not run this Institution without you,” Babcock said.
Cathy Bonner, chair-elect of the Chautauqua Foundation Board of Directors, then gave a toast to the guests. She noted that the commitment and efforts of these volunteers, “as they say in Texas, is where the rubber meets the road.”
“You do it for no glory. You do it for no pay. You have only the best intentions, and that’s to help Chautauqua Institution, and to help the Foundation raise the money [necessary] to support the Institution,” Bonner said.
In addition to the party, each volunteer was given a signed copy of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, which was also the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for Week Seven. Doerr spoke in the Amphitheater Friday.
“We’re very appreciative, and it’s really exciting,” said greeter and volunteer Carole Reeder.