DSCN0086Glen and Vicki Becker, Debbie Stephens and Sally DePerro will serve as the 2015 Lakeside Fund Team Co-Chairs, leading the annual giving campaign this fiscal year.

As co-chairs, these dedicated Lakesiders will be working with the Advancement staff and the Lakeside community to educate and communicate future plans of the Lakeside Fund, as well as develop ways for Lakesiders to get more involved in the Chautauqua experience.

“In a world that is so fast-paced, Lakeside is a wonderful place to slow things down a bit, to connect with family friends (and make new ones), and to be a part of a community that is passionate about this place,” said Glen and Vicki. “Chautauqua is a unique and wonderful American tradition, and we are lucky to be able to continue it in Lakeside.”

DePerro also shared her Lakeside story.

“I’ve been coming to Lakeside 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.”

Now living in an Island View home year-round, DePerro and her husband, Jeff, are active community members in Lakeside.

“It has always been a natural part of life for me to volunteer,” said De- Perro. “It is important to give back and support the community that you are a part of.”

The Lakeside Fund enables continuous improvements to the signature Chautauqua program, as well as the maintenance of the grounds and historic buildings.

In addition, the Lakeside Fund provides a way for Lakesiders to support the Chautauqua experience and help keep it alive. Glen and Vicki understand the importance of the Lakeside Fund.

“Every organization that’s thriving has a core of dedicated supporters who give their time, their talents, and yes, their dollars, to ensure its preservation and improvement,” said the Beckers. “To keep those organizations vital, there must be benefactors, and we want to be part of that group in Lakeside, and to inspire others to join us.”

Last year, more than 30 Lakeside Fund Team Ambassadors connected with friends and family to raise money for the Lakeside Fund.

Personal conversations and notes from ambassadors and co-chairs encourage generosity, as well as influence new families to support Lakeside Chautauqua.

This past year, many enhancements to the community were made possible due to the Lakeside Fund. Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile received new conversation terraces, hanging baskets and beautiful flowers.

In addition, the Miniature Golf Course underwent a renovation, which included new landscaping, a replica of Perry’s Monument, new obstacles throughout the course and improvements to the golf hut.

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 coming year.

“It is easy to be a part of this team. It is great fun to get to know so many Lakesiders,” explained Glen and Vicki. “Our stories are all so different, yet we share a love for Lakeside. It is not hard to talk with others about this wonderful place.”

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