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Chautauqua Lake Pops
The Original Bemus Bay Pops brought twenty years of World-Class entertainment to a small lakeside community in Chautauqua County, New York. Twenty three years after it all started, a new page to the history of “Bringing the Arts to the People” has turned.
Officials of Allegheny Health Network, Westfield Memorial Hospital and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital gathered Saturday evening at the last concert of the 2019 Chautauqua Lake Pops Concert Series on August 31 to announce that Allegheny Health Network is the Naming Rights Sponsor for the Chautauqua Pops floating stage for a three-year period.
The stage, was developed by Bemus Point businessman, Dan Dalpra and his family who relocated the stage on the north end and gateway to Chautauqua Lake at 16 Water Street in Mayville, New York. During it’s time in Bemus Point, independent studies showed that the Pops performances were responsible for generating between twelve to fourteen million dollars annually to the Chautauqua County Region. The program is responsible for bringing visitors from around the globe to the shores of Chautauqua Lake.
Dalpra reintroduced the Chautauqua Lake Pops Concert Series this summer. The series features performances by the 44-member Chautauqua Lake Pops Symphony, along with the best headlining tribute acts and other musical performances throughout the Summer.
Beginning in 2020, the stage will be known as the Allegheny Health Network Floating Stage.
AHN also announced it will present an official ribbon cutting, celebration and inaugural concert to kick off the 2020 season at the AHN Floating Stage next summer at a date to be announced.
“Residents of this region treasure every day of summer and value every opportunity to enjoy life outdoors during the season, which is why we are so pleased to put the Allegheny Health Network name on this stage and help unite music and the beauty of nature for the people of this region,” said AHN Westfield Memorial Hospital President Karen Surkala. “This stage carries a great tradition that the Chautauqua Lake Pops Concert Series resurrected and we at AHN are really excited to help ensure that it continues.”
Dalpra explained how valuable having AHN as the Chautauqua Lake Pops new major community sponsor would be for the entire Region. “Their hands-on partnership brings an enormous support group and resources to assist our efforts to grow this program along with Westfield and Mayville, NY as an exciting destination for the entire region. We are excited to have AHN join the Pops Family and share this great opportunity with the community.”
President Surkala said, “At Allegheny Health Network, we know that having a healthy community goes beyond providing top-quality, advanced care to people when they are sick or injured … and we are committed to helping make the communities we serve a better place to live, work, and play….And we believe the Allegheny Health Network Floating Stage delivers on that commitment.”