We all know that this is a challenging year for most people and businesses, and, as you know, Lakeside is no exception. Lakeside was concerned about incurring a substantial deficit in the first six months of the fiscal year as a result of COVID-19. In contrast, your generosity, valuable time, talent and resources, coupled with the Lakeside staff’s ingenuity and persistence, created a net surplus that is on target with Lakeside’s original pre-COVID-19 budget. Your generosity during the spring and summer ensured that Lakeside children, families and guests could continue to cherish the life changing Chautauqua program and traditions.

"The fact that Lakeside has been able to persevere through the hardships imposed by COVID-19 is a testament to the passion and dedication of our community members and staff," said Tom Jones, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board Chair. "Lakesiders stepped up and joined the Volunteer Corps, gave their gifts earlier in the year and made the most out of this back-to-basics Chautauqua season."

Gate and hospitality revenues are both down substantially from both this year’s budget and last year’s results. However, that revenue loss has been completely offset by significant reductions in areas such as payroll, programming, other costs and by an increase in contributions. Your support helped bridge the gap and reduce the projected annual deficit.
Let's prime our community for the future
Now that you helped Lakeside enter the fall with a significantly reduced deficit from the 2020 Chautauqua season, let’s honor our traditions together by raising an additional $1 million for the Annual Fund by the end of the fiscal year (March 31). These funds will continue to reduce debt and hopefully result in no additional loans, allowing our community to move into 2021 in a more secure financial position which will prime us for future success.

Now that the Chautauqua Season’s financial picture is complete, Lakeside can provide you with a more thorough fiscal year update. Lakeside's team will continue to provide you updates as funds are received over the next several months.
The Annual Fund Fuels Lakeside Memories, Traditions & the Chautauqua Experience
On #GivingTuesday 2020 your gift directly supports:

  • Inspiring dockside worship services for your family at sunset, the day your grandchild was introduced to God through Chip Richter’s God Squad program and a motivating preacher of the week service in Hoover Auditorium on Sunday Morning.

  • An enriching Chautauqua Lecture Series Seminar, being openly welcomed into a book club and experiencing the importance of preserving the lake through a science program with your family.
  • An uplifting Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concert, the first time your family danced together in the aisles of Hoover Auditorium and watching your child’s face light up as they listened to one of their favorite songs during a pops concert.

  • A recreational challenge, a family basketball game, teaching your children to swim and watching them play a game of pickleball while making new friends.
How can I help Lakeside?
You're invited to give a gift on (or before) Tuesday, Dec. 1, or commit to a monthly gift to the Lakeside Annual Fund to honor our traditions!
  • Donate Online: Making an online donation is quick, easy and secure. Give a gift on (or before) Tuesday, Dec. 1, and designate your gift to the 'Lakeside Fund.'
  • Mail a Check: Make a check payable to the ‘Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,’ Attn: #GivingTuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440.
  • Give by Phone: Call the staff at the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 to give your #GivingTuesday donation over the phone.
  • Set Up a Monthly Gift: Affordable monthly gifts allow you to divide your Lakeside gift into manageable increments through convenient automatic deductions from your credit or debit card. Call (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 to start the process.
  • Give in Honor or Memory of a Loved One: Make a donation in honor or memory of a family member, friend or co-worker. Include an address, and we'll send them a notification of your special gift.

For more ways to give, visit lakesideohio.com/giving/how. Your support will make an impact on the lives of Lakesiders for generations to come. Thank you for making a difference in honor of #GivingTuesday!
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