Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colon, Vice President of Advancement & Communications
Lakeside Chautauqua is a tradition families have shared through several generations and is a place that many Lakesiders want to ensure is around for years to come.
Meredith Meyer, a fourth generation Lakesider, and her husband, Salam Chaudhary, spend their summers in Lakeside with their children, Morgan and Reed, who are fifth generation Lakesiders.
Meyer and Chaudhary agree that some of the most cherished aspects of Lakeside for their family are that it offers a rich cultural and religious experience, exposes children to the arts at such a young age, and is a safe place for them.
“In today’s world, where people connect online and don’t know their neighbors, Lakeside is a place where people look out for each other, and kids can have more freedom because it’s safer,” Chaudhary said. “Lakeside offers rich cultural and religious experiences, opportunities to connect and reconnect with family, and build strong relationships with other Lakesiders.”
Meyer added, “Lakeside has played an important role in laying a religious foundation for our children through God Squad. They also love the Hoover programs — the magic shows, the musical arts, the symphony and ballet. It’s wonderful to expose them to the arts — even if they only last the first 15 minutes of the show.”
Meyer and Chaudhary are members of the Directors Club and the Founders Society. Both agree that Lakeside is a place they want to see preserved for generations to come, and they have done their part to make that happen by including Lakeside in their estate planning. They encourage others to do the same.
Meyer and Chaudhary realized two things they want to preserve and make sure are taken care of both now and for years to come are their children and Lakeside.
“I was very excited about joining the Founders Society,” Chaudhary said, “We have an opportunity to pass on a lot of things to our family.”
The Founders Society honors individuals who have established planned gifts (charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder unitrust, bequests, etc.) or have expressed planned giving intentions with Lakeside named as a beneficiary.
The commitment of Meyer and Chaudhary and members of the Founders Society ensures the Lakeside experience for future generations.