‘Caring And Giving’

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation will be celebrating 35 years of service at its annual meeting Wednesday.

The 35th anniversary, which was dubbed the “Caring and Giving Campaign,” will highlight many organizations that make Chautauqua County unique as a part of the celebration.

The event, which will be held at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a sampling from organizations around the region that are supported by the Community Foundation’s Fund for the Region. This sampling will include displays from the Jamestown Audubon Society, 96th Highlanders, Lucy-Desi Center, Drama Enrichment Program, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, WCA Hospital, 4-H, Yorker Museum, Fenton History Center, Chautauqua County Humane Society, Veterans Memorial Commission and others.

With regard to the Veterans Memorial Commission memorial, the display set up in the rotunda of the train station prominently features two soldiers, one in modern-day uniform and a second in a period uniform from the Revolutionary War, as well as a depiction of the new Veterans Memorial Park, which the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is helping to fund.

“What they’re emphasizing here is that the new park is for all veterans from both times of war and times of peace,” said June Diethrick, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation operations officer. “This memorial is a great addition to the park.”

At 5:30 p.m., the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation will have registration for the event in the rotunda of the train station. From 5:30-6:30 p.m. there will be a social hour held in the west wing of the building with refreshments, offering members of the public and other organizations the chance to mingle with other guests from around the region. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the east wing, followed by the annual meeting at 7:30 and a hometown version of “Family Feud,” which begins at 7:45 and will feature local celebrities.

“Every question that we ask in ‘Family Feud’ is going to relate to the exhibits, and they’re going to relate to things that (the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation) funds,” said Diethrick.

According to Diethrick, Razz and Friends will also be providing entertainment at the event, playing outside of the train station, weather permitting.

The public is welcome to attend the event, but must RSVP to 661-3390. Dinner is free for all children. Donations will be accepted for adults.