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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation 2022 Board of Directors, front row: Laura Otander, Joe Bellitto, Becky Robbins, Lorraine Diggs, Rex McCray. Back row: Amit Taneja, Chloe Smith, Mary Schiller, Todd Hanson, Harold Brunacini and Peter Stark. Photo submitted

At its annual meeting on June 15, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation celebrated a record year of asset growth and community impact, while recognizing its volunteers who help make their work possible.

According to Tory Irgang, Executive Director, by the end of 2021, the foundation was administering more than 700 permanent endowment funds with assets totaling $142.2 million. The foundation has also awarded nearly $4 million to 203 nonprofit organizations and 680 students for higher education and vocational training.

“Throughout the year, we witness the generosity of individuals and families in many forms,” Irgang said. “Perhaps most recognizable is the financial contributions people give. However, just as important is the time donated by over 100 community volunteers who have collectively donated hundreds of hours to research and recommend ways our dollars can impact our community.

Community Foundation members are made up of people with a variety of skills, backgrounds, and experiences who help guide the Foundation’s grant-making and scholarship-making processes.

During the meeting, the following people were elected for a three-year term: Natasha Battle, Cameron Hurst, Betsy Kidder, Itza Morales, Mary Rappole and Rob White.

In addition to electing the members, the members also chose to nominate Todd Hanson and Amit Taneja for a five-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Hanson, a skilled electrician who spent 30 years working for Ahlstrom-Schaeffer Electric before joining Stark Tech as a business development manager, previously served on the Foundation’s grants committee and provided valuable insight into numerous applications. investment projects. Taneja is the Senior Senior Vice President and Head of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility at Chautauqua Institution.

The foundation also recognized and thanked several individuals whose membership terms have ended, Tracy Buck, Joe Calimeri and Megan Herman.

Dana Lundberg was also recognized for her 10 years of service on the foundation’s board of directors.

To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit

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