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Ways To Support CWC
The Chautauqua Women’s Club has enjoyed a long, proud, vital history as an integral part of the Chautuaqua experience. At our beautiful house on the lake, we provide opportunities to enhance social connections, participate in life long learning and promote the arts. We strive to offer members unique opportunities for personal enrichment, education and fellowship.
Over the past seven years, the Chautauqua Women’s Club has focused its support for student scholarships in the Fine and Performing Arts by donating close to $600,000 to over 500 students. Annual scholarship support comes from private donors, designated funds from the CWC general fund, a percentage of sales from Artists at the Market, and voluntary donations at each of the summer recitals showcasing the incredible talent in voice, piano, brass, strings, woodwind, dance, theater, and visual arts.
In 1929, funds were raised to construct the present house on the lake. Guests to this historic home have included Eleanor Roosevelt, Mina Edison, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. The house underwent a major renovation from 2010-2013 with support raised over many years by the Property Committee and generous donations from private donors. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this house provides a venue for the fellowship of members and their guests as well as five lovely up to date bedrooms to provide a steady stream of income to the organization.
Each season, the CWC offers a variety of programming to meet the life long learning needs of members and the Chautauqua community. From the formal Contemporary Issues series each Saturday to the Wednesday Dialogues with an AMP speaker to the Professional Women’s Network, Young Women’s Series, or Chautauqua Speaks there are topics and opportunites for learning each week of the season. In addition, the CWC provides a beautiful venue to play bridge, mah jongg, or canasta for the neophyte or experienced player alike.
Everything of service that we do, programming, scholarships, providing a space for good things to happen—occurs only to the extent that we receive gifts from individuals and proceeds from fundraisers. We encourage you to explore ways in which you can support our work.