Last Wednesday in the Athenaeum Hotel parlor, the Chautauqua Foundation hosted the ninth annual Eleanor B. Daugherty Society Luncheon for its members.
For Ruth Gerrard Cole, family roots at Chautauqua run almost as deep as the Institution’s history.
As a former member of the United States Foreign Service, the former owner of an antique business, the current owner of Hopper Historics, and president of the Manuscript Society, Bob Hopper may be a jack-of-all-trades, but he wouldn’t exchange anything for his summers at Chautauqua Institution.
Last Saturday, the Athenaeum Hotel parlor flooded with morning light and filled with people as about 150 volunteers and campaign leaders gathered for the Chautauqua Fund’s Kick-Off Celebration.
Since John and Linda Wadsworth were married in 1987, they have been coming to Chautauqua and immersing themselves in the community — particularly the performing arts.
Husband and wife Richard and Mary Lou Parlato believe that Chautauqua Institution honors the history and traditions upon which the United States was originally founded in a way completely unlike any other place.
Though Jay and Joyce Nesbit had known of Chautauqua for quite a while through some of Jay’s friends, the couple didn’t travel to the Institution from their home in Cleveland until 2004. But when they did, they fell in love with the place.
Karen and Jim Dakin are gardeners. Because the husband and wife self-tend their personal Eden of daylilies, hostas, roses, irises, peonies and daisies, they understand the huge commitment of time, love and resources that goes into maintaining a unique and beautiful ecosystem.
When Susan B. Scott leaves Clearwater, Fla., and heads to Chautauqua Institution for the summer, her grandchildren affectionately say, “Grandma’s going off to camp!” And to hear Scott speak with excitement about the activities she’s involved with on the grounds, the comparison makes sense.
Ben Sorensen is a man of service. Whether it’s service to Chautauqua Institution, to America, to God or to his family, he believes he has an obligation to put his time and talents to good use.
“I don’t sleep a whole lot,” Sorensen said. “I love that I have a chance to be in the world, to live in it and make a difference.”
And he tries to maximize the difference he makes by focusing on several areas of expertise.