Key Private Bank sponsors opening night performance with Jay Leno

Acclaimed stand-up comedian Jay Leno will kick off Chautauqua Institution’s 2017 season with a performance at 8:15 p.m. Saturday that marks the grand re-opening of the Amphitheater. This opening performance is made possible thanks largely to the sponsorship of Key Private Bank.

Buffalo & Western New York Market Manager Buford Sears said Key Private Bank was excited for the chance to sponsor the inaugural event in the new Amp, and saw the opportunity as an extension of their business motto.

“One of the hallmarks of our company is that we’re very focused on relationships with communities that we do business with,” Sears said. “The Institution is an iconic organization (and) there’s really good alignment in terms of mission in both our organizations.”

This sponsorship is an expansion of an existing partnership with the Chautauqua Foundation. Key Private Bank, the wealth management arm of KeyCorp, has managed the Pooled Key Life Income Fund for the Chautauqua Foundation since 2013. The company has also provided a revolving line of credit to the Foundation for the Amphitheater project, supplying cash flow to manage the timing differences between the pledge payment schedules and the construction costs.

Communications Manager Matt Pitts echoed Sears’ sentiments, saying that Key Private Bank has a long history of supporting arts, culture and education.

“This relationship we have with Chautauqua, given (this) new beginning … it was such a natural spot for us given our long-standing relationship with the Institution,” Pitts said.

Leno is an admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, voice-over artist, pioneering car builder, philanthropist, and Emmy Award winner. Leno, who spent more than two decades as host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” has been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

For more information on sponsorship opportunities at Chautauqua, contact Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund, at 716-357-6406 or

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Meaghan Wilby covers the Lincoln Series in Applied Ethics as well as special lectures and programs, and works with the Chautauqua Foundation to cover development activities. Originally from New Zealand, she recently graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in English. She played four years of varsity basketball at Allegheny and was an editor for The Campus newspaper for two years. She can be reached at