Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that it's been 16 years since Ten Chimneys opened to the public.  I hope you had a chance to visit in 2019!  As we enter into a new fundraising year, I am pleased to announce that 2019 was a successful year for our Foundation despite the flooding and damage which occurred as a result of the polar vortex we suffered this past winter.  Even though programming and tours were significantly impacted by the facility not being available, the quality and importance of our work continued in a "Lunt-like" fashion.  This year our flagship event, the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, brought in Tyne Daly as our Master Teacher.  Ms. Daly is an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee who has won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and six Emmy Awards for television.

It is a delicate process when sharing one's successes as a nonprofit yet balancing the need for money to cover operational and future expenses.  Although I'm excited to share what we have been able to accomplish, I'm cautious about allowing our successes to overshadow what it takes to survive and carry out our mission.  I believe you will also agree this doesn't occur by happenstance, but by a focused, unwavering commitment to our vision and strategy.

In 2020, there will be several collaborations putting Ten Chimneys into the spotlight nationally.  Locally, Ten Chimneys will have the largest private invasive species removal in Wisconsin as we work to preserve the natural landscape on our 60-acre estate.  As we move into this next phase of restoring the grounds and natural habitat at Ten Chimneys, I welcome you to relish in our success and to continue to help preserve and share this wonderful national treasure with generations to come.

We are hopeful you will provide a gift to Ten Chimneys with an online donation.  Next year will be an extraordinary year as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Theatre Guild, our focus on the environment and continuing to be a resource for American theater.  There's no question that both Alfred and Lynn would be proud of the meticulous care and stewardship of Ten Chimneys Foundation and its supporters.

I invite you to provide a financial gift to Ten Chimneys. This national treasure is in our backyard and has received high accolades from theater and preservation communities, as well as noted individuals throughout the country. For many, Ten Chimneys still stands as ground zero for American theater and is a testament for the quality, dedication and craft for theater professionals. I am excited about the successes of our Fellows and the programming slated for the upcoming year. Ten Chimneys is definitely the place you want to invest. Most importantly, we are dedicated to ensuring that your philanthropy yields positive results. 

I deeply thank you for your kind and timely consideration of a thoughtful financial gift toward Ten Chimneys' future.


Randy Bryant
President & CEO
PH: (262) 968-4161 ext. 206

P.S.  Please contact me if you would like to know more about the work we do.  I enjoy talking about this extraordinary resource for theater, the arts, and the art of living.

Annual Giving Opportunities

$50 - A “Grand Entrance in the Arrival Hall” Donor

$250 - A “Brunch with Helen Hayes on the Garden Terrace” Donor

$500 - A “Game of Hearts with Larry Olivier in the Library” Donor

$1,500 - A “Chat with Kate Hepburn in the Flirtation Room” Donor

$5,000 - A “Song with Noël Coward in the Drawing Room” Donor

$10,000+ - A “Dinner with Lynn and Alfred in the Dining Room” Donor

Ten Chimneys Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 225, Genesee Depot, WI 53127
(262) 968-4161 phone, (262) 968-4267 fax
501©3 Non-Profit Organization
Tax ID #: 39-1862290

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Ten Chimneys recognizes all donors in annual recognition materials and/or displays. Donors have the option to give anonymously. If they choose to do so, their name(s) are replaced by the word “anonymous” in all donor recognition.  Ten Chimneys does not sell or exchange lists of donors, their contact information, and/or giving details.  If you have any questions, or would like to add, update, or restrict your personal information, please contact us.

What is Ten Chimneys?

Ten Chimneys, the estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is open to the public as a world-class house museum with a progressive mission to serve the arts.

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PO Box 225, Genesee Depot 53127
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