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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerChautauqua Fund 2013 volunteers enjoy a reception held in their honor by the Chautauqua Foundation Aug. 15 at the Athenaeum Hotel parlor.

Annual Fund recognition reception honors volunteers’ commitment

“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.

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A crowded starting line outside the Sports Club at this year’s Old First Night Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 3.  (1)

SLIDESHOW — Birthday Dash: From start to finish, OFN Race an action-packed celebration of Chautauqua

You may have noticed an unusual amount of traffic on the streets of Chautauqua Saturday morning. You may also have noticed that the traffic was of the pedestrian variety, with some folks appearing to be in quite a hurry.

The Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim is an annual tradition marking the birthday of our fair Institution. Runners, walkers and swimmers traverse land and sea (pool) for a chance to be a part of this tradition and score the coveted OFN T-shirt. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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SLIDESHOW: Community bands together for Old First Night

The Chautauqua Community Band, under the baton of Jason Weintraub, performs its annual lunchtime Old First Night concert Tuesday afternoon on Bestor Plaza. [SLIDESHOW]

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Annual Fund Day to celebrate philanthropy at Chautauqua

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.

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Chautauqua Foundation CEO Geof Follansbee, a lifelong Chautauquan, celebrates the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Photo by Eric Shea.

Photos: Make a wish, Chautauqua

Chautauqua Foundation CEO Geof Follansbee, a lifelong Chautauquan, celebrates the Foundation’s 75th anniversary.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club’s SAC Girls, overall champions of the 2012 Air Band competition, perform their routine, “We Are Legends,” just before the evening’s conclusion.

A spotlight shines on Ramona Weissbard as the last Chautauquan standing during Roll Call — she has been coming to Chautauqua for 98 years.

Audience members hold up hankerchiefs and tissues to take part in the traditional “Drooping of the Lilies” exercise to honor Chautauquans “who have joined the great majority.”

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Chautauquans participate in the annual Old First Night Run on Saturday morning, August 4.

Old First Night 2012 run/walk/swim results

Marc Parnell and Kylee Witchey-Clements cross the finish line as the first female and male finishers, respectively, in the run portion of the annual Old First Night Run/Walk/Swim Saturday. All names and times are courtesy of the Chautauqua Sports Club. Photos by Adam Birkan.

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The book, titled “We Thank You,” presented to Chautauqua Reorganization Corporation leader Sam Hazlett in appreciation of his work to ensure Chautauqua’s future.

For 75 years, a Foundation of support for Chautauqua

The Chautauqua Foundation celebrates 75 years this season with a nod to the past. This year, the foundation honors those leaders who helped lift Chautauqua to prosperity by establishing a charitable organization to support the Institution.

In 1933, the nation was entrenched in the bitter effects of the Great Depression. The previous year saw the highest level of unemployment in United States history: 22 percent. Chautauqua Institution, 60 years old but already rich in history, faced foreclosure.

In what was perhaps Chautauqua’s first case statement, according to former Institution President Dan Bratton in a memo to senior staff in 1993, former President Dr. Arthur Bestor is quoted as saying, “An institution of this character cannot stand still; it must either go forward or it will go backward.”

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