Article Contributed by
Daniel J. Heitzenrater
President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce
Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award Announced
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that its Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for 2021 will be presented to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, and the United Ways of Northern and Southern Chautauqua County. The four organizations are being recognized for their foundational roles in development of the Chautauqua County Response Fund.
In March of 2020, a coalition of organizations joined together to create a centralized funding pool that was able to quickly deploy resources to community-based organizations to address the dramatic economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since its inception, the Chautauqua County Response Fund has raised more than $1 million from individuals, community organizations, and local foundations.
Grants from the first phase were focused on crisis response to provide for basic human needs, health and safety, and providing general operational support grants to nonprofit organizations that lost revenue or experienced dramatic increases for services.
The Chamber of Commerce witnessed the dramatic and immediate impact on the local population as businesses were closed at the onset of the pandemic. We recognize the crucial role of nonprofit organizations as they worked to fill those immediate needs, but also as they continue to serve and to help bolster our local economy. The way our local community foundations and United Ways came together in a time of need speaks directly to the type of coalition building that Pam Lydic stood for.
The Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award recognizes individuals or organizations in the region that have worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective. This award is presented to those that have helped to move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships. The award is particularly focused on those who have done their work consistently and often times in the background. It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in bringing together smaller Chambers of Commerce to create a countywide entity 20 years ago. The award includes a $500 donation from the Chamber of Commerce to a non-profit charity of the recipients’ choice.
The award will be presented during the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, to be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, December 3 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. The Chamber’s Annual Meeting is sponsored by the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, DFT Communications, Jamestown Community College, Media One Radio Group. OBSERVER, and The Post-Journal. Reserve your lunch spot now for this event at www.chamberrsvp.org. The Chamber Annual Meeting will be held as a hybrid event, so participants may either attend in person or view online.
Chamber Assists with Downtown Jamestown Holiday Parade
The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is a partner this year in the Downtown Jamestown Holiday Parade, to be held at 6pm, Saturday, December 4. The Chamber is helping by coordinating online registration for the event, which is being planned by the City of Jamestown and Collaborative Children’s Solutions under the direction of Patrick Smeraldo. To learn more about the day’s events or to sign up to participate in the parade visit www.jtny.events.