2014 Lakeside Fund Co-Chairs Announced to Community

Posted on July 02, 2014

Doug and Kathy Bohl, Tom and Debbie Jones, and Sally DePerro will lead the Lakeside Fund Team and the annual giving campaign during the 2014 Chautauqua summer season.

These co-chairs will connect with the community by inviting Lakesiders to contribute their time and financial support to nurture the Lakeside Chautauqua experience.

“Lakeside Chautauqua is important for many reasons,” said Doug and Kathy. “At this point in our lives, Lakeside is important because it is a gathering place for our family, a place to reconnect with friends and a place full of memories with more to be made.”

Tom and Debbie said, “Faith, family and friendships are the things most important to our family, and Lakeside is a great place to live out those values.”

They added, “For 28 years, our family has counted the days until we are together again at Lakeside. It’s a place where hectic schedules stop, and we are able to spend time on what is really important in life. Lakeside is part of the Jones’ DNA. It’s just part of who we are.”

Sally shares similar sentiments. “I’ve been coming to Lakeside for my entire life,” she said. “When my grandmother died at 99, she left us a wonderful legacy of having family gatherings at Lakeside. Spending time with my relatives in this way was such a special gift.”

Sally and her husband, Jeff, now live in Island View year-round and are active community members.

“It’s always been a natural part of life for me to volunteer,” said DePerro. “It’s important to give back and support the community that you are a part of.”

Last year, more than 30 Lakeside Fund Team Ambassadors connected with friends and family, raising a record amount of support for the Lakeside Fund.

Personal conversations and notes from ambassadors encouraged traditional donors to step up to new giving levels and new families to begin supporting Lakeside Chautauqua.

The Lakeside Fund supports the signature Chautauqua program, including the preservation and maintenance of Lakeside’s beautiful grounds and historic structures. Due to the financial support of the community, changes and improvements are taking place.

This year, Chautauqua Park was enhanced with the addition of the Trinity Garden, which includes a red granite sculpture titled Inturning, and a water feature called Where Angels Come to Play.

In addition, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts has introduced online class registration this summer.

Bradley Temple, the home of youth and children’s programming, received a new foundation, landscaping, electrical upgrades and interior improvements.

The Fountain Inn received significant upgrades as well, including new mattresses and bedding, flat screen TVs and Keurig coffee makers.

Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile on the lakefront path was enhanced, including a new conversation terrace and flower baskets on the lampposts. Benches and lampposts were repainted and repaired, the path was sealed and undesirable vegetation was removed.

The Lakeside Fund Team would like to continue increasing the number of volunteer ambassadors and engage new families to support this special institution in the upcoming year.

For more information about volunteering as a Lakeside Fund Ambassador, contact advancement@lakesideohio.com or (419) 798-5396.