#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back, is right around the corner. On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Lakeside Chautauqua will partner with #GivingTuesday for the fifth time, and you have a chance to become a part of this movement and support the Lakeside Annual Fund.

Join Lakeside's 5th Year of #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Lakeside Chautauqua will partner with the #GivingTuesday effort for the fifth time. #GivingTuesday is truly a community effort, and we cherish this day of coming together as a Lakeside family for an annual cause.

In 2013, Lakeside’s first year participating in #GivingTuesday, we raised funds to repair Bradley Temple and support children’s religious life and educational programs.

The following year, our miniature golf course was in need of renovations and new features, and many families stepped forward to support the project.

As a result of the generous community spirit in 2015, we opened The Underground (teen center). Teens now have a defined space to connect with new friends, take an art class together and even sing karaoke.

With last year’s #GivingTuesday success, we were able to replace the speakers in Hoover Auditorium, improving the quality of our cultural art performances and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts.

This year, Lakeside has set a goal of revitalizing the Steele Memorial Bandstand/ Gazebo.

Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

Photo provided by the Lakeside Heritage Society Archives.

Photo provided by the family of Fritz & Karlyn Steele.

The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo was built in 1979 to honor the late Toledo couple Fred "Fritz" Steele III (28) and Karlyn Steele (25), who tragically lost their lives in a car accident on Aug. 20, 1978. Fritz, a third-generation Lakesider who spent every summer at the family cottage on Oak Avenue, played electric guitar and Karlyn sang in a choir, so the memorial gift of a bandstand was fitting for this musically inclined couple. The structure was designed by Toledo architect and Steele family friend, Orville Bauer.

For decades, the Steele family legacy has lived on through this space, which has hosted concerts, weddings, reunions, anniversaries and many other celebrations. It has been a special place for Lakesiders over the years, and we hope to ensure that the space can continue to serve future generations.

Your support on Nov. 28 will impact the lives of Lakesiders for years to come, and we thank you for making a difference. Stay tuned to learn how you can lend a hand this #GivingTuesday. For updates, sign up to receive our e-newsletter.

Plans for the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo

The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has been a gathering place for nearly four decades; a site for countless concerts, open-air author visits, planned marriage proposals, a variety of family celebrations and more. Because of its noteworthy location in Central Park and along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, it’s often the perfect spot to simply sit and soak in the summer.

Over the years of all the loving memories created there, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has yet to receive any renovations or repairs. But, because of its significance to Lakesiders thus far, it’s important that the Gazebo can remain a reliable place for events for years to come. That’s why on #GivingTuseday, Nov. 28, Lakeside is setting a goal to revitalize the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. We only need one thing to ensure it: your support.

Your financial support on #GivingTuesday will allow us to make some much-needed repairs and additions. These updates will not only help the Gazebo maintain its beauty, but will increase its functionality.

To improve the aesthetics of the space, we first plan to add a fresh coat of white paint. The 270° landscaping will be updated with new shrubs and perennial flowers, and containers of annuals will also be added at the entrance to brighten the view for concert-goers.

While the low-to-the-ground and open stage already provides an intimate venue for concerts, speakers and weddings, we’re investigating a step extension and paver system that would allow those on the stage to step down and be closer to the audience.

New benches will be purchased and placed on concrete strips, and the gravel underneath will be removed and replaced with grass.

Lastly, fresh grass will be planted all around the structure to provide an even ground for patrons to safely enter and exit the area.

Lend a hand this #GivingTuesday, and help us revitalize this special place along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

How to Participate

  • Make an online donation today or on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
  • Call (419) 798-5396 to give a gift over the phone.
  • Make a check payable to the ‘Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,’ Attn: #GivingTuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440 with ‘#GivingTuesday’ in the memo line.