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Lucy Desi Museum Executive Director to Give Keynote at Oct. 6 Nonprofit Networking Day

NND keynote speaker, Journey L. Gunderson.

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY -- Journey L. Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Museum and National Comedy Center in Jamestown, will deliver the keynote address during the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s seventh annual Nonprofit Networking Day Oct. 6 in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. 

“Journey Gunderson has been doing incredible things at the National Comedy Center, and we are lucky and proud to welcome her as this year’s keynote speaker,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Buchheit. “Journey is an engaging speaker with a lot of knowledge to offer along with, naturally, a wonderful sense of humor.”

Nonprofit Networking Day, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., brings together nonprofit organizations’ staff, board and volunteers for an opportunity to collaborate, learn and network.

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Gunderson, who has led the effort to make Jamestown a national jewel in the comedy world, will draw on her background in marketing and media, nonprofit leadership and fundraising for her keynote talk.

Under her leadership, the National Comedy Center recently completed a $50 million capital fundraising campaign to construct a new, state-of-the-art center that will host some of the biggest comedians year-round for performances and talks— positioning Jamestown at the center of the art form.

Already the National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi comedy festival have attracted the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Nick Offerman, Lewis Black, Martin Short and more.

“Journey has quite literally helped build the comedy center in Jamestown from the ground up,” said Buchheit. “That type of experience is sure to make her keynote fun, enlightening and energizing for the nonprofit professionals and volunteers in attendance.”

Prior to her tenure at the National Comedy Center, Gunderson, a native of Bemus Point and a Maple Grove High School graduate, served as the editorial director of the Women’s Sports Foundation, directing editorial and online media for the organization.

Following the keynote, Nonprofit Networking Day will feature breakout sessions on topics such as brand development, running a successful endowment campaign, fundraising with technology and a giving day in Cattaraugus County/Greater Olean Area 

Registration is now open. To register, visit Contact the foundation at 716-301-2723 with any further questions.

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).


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