Staff Blogger: Gretchen ColónVice President of Advancement & Communications


Mini-Golf - 2Cold winter days are when people dream the unexpected and begin to plan for the spectacular. Most likely, one stays inside near a warm fire; a perfect place to dream on those chilly, winter days. Lakeside’s history began on one of those very days more than 140 years ago.

Thanks to the generosity year in and year out of so many Lakesiders, thousands of families and individuals have visited, recharged and renewed their spirit along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Families have gathered for worship to hear thought-provoking messages. Individuals have listened to the breathtaking symphony play. Children share their creative spark during different classes in the arts. Adults have been challenged by new thoughts and ideas. Youth have gathered for recreational activities.

In addition to these experiences, generosity has impacted the grounds and facilities at Lakeside.

The Steinway piano purchased for Hoover Auditorium was made possible through generous gifts, and today, families experience the sights and sounds of this beautiful instrument at many concerts throughout the summer.

Fans have been installed in Hoover to cool the auditorium on hot, summer nights. Children experience the sprinkles of water at the Splash Park or laugh along with friends as they watch a movie in Orchestra Hall, with the help of a new digital projector.

Families gather for celebration of life services at the memorial garden or hike the trails in Lakeside’s newest park, Chautauqua Park.

Lakesiders celebrate generosity as a community on #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving in December. #GivingTuesday has helped to restore Bradley Temple for children’s programming, and this year, will collect donations to enhance the miniature golf course in Central Park.

Most recently, families are admiring the native plants in the gardens along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile as they stop to relax at the conversation terraces.

The founders of Lakeside would be inspired at the ways generosity has been woven into the community for the last 141 years. We give thanks for how these very gifts have made the Lakeside mission come alive in so many different ways. Thank you for each generous gift.