“Successful nonprofits are dominated by committed volunteers,” said Geof Follansbee, CEO of the Chautauqua Foundation, on Aug. 15 at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception honoring both Chautauqua Fund and planned giving volunteers.
It’s incredibly fitting to celebrate the birthday of Chautauqua Institution by honoring the deeply rooted traditions of community and philanthropy that have allowed the Institution to flourish for the past 139 years. That’s why Annual Fund Day — the day of Aug. 6, leading up to Old First Night — will be a huge celebration of the mutual support at the heart of the Chautauqua community.
The name “Old First Night” may generate some ambiguity. Certainly, Chautauquans know what happens that night — they celebrate the Institution’s birthday. But what happens during the day, in the hours that lead up to the traditional evening festivities?
This year, those anticipatory hours before Old First Night are dubbed Annual Fund Day — a day set aside to celebrate the significant role philanthropy plays in maintaining Chautauqua’s legacy.
Annual Fund Day kicks off with breakfast and brunch at the Tally Ho from 8 to 11 a.m. A take-out buffet is $3, and dine-in by reservation is $4. All donations are welcome, and proceeds go to the Chautauqua Fund.