I'm thrilled to share with you that major strides have been taken to secure Ten Chimneys as not only THE resource for American Theatre, but as an active museum that is engaging guests while keeping the preservation of this national treasure at the forefront of our planning.
Ten Chimneys Foundation would not be the organization it is today if not for our volunteers, staff, donors, and well-wishers' unwavering dedication. I'm delighted to share that we have been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a successful house museum that is thriving with a dual mission. We continue to operate on a level that keeps our donors' support at the forefront of our minds. In 2015, operating costs were at the lowest they have ever been since we opened to the public. Our goal will continue to be to manage our expenses efficiently, making the most of your contributions.
As we look toward the future, we will continue to focus on delivering exceptional tours and theatre resource programs, but we must continue to expand and offer our guests more. Therefore, in 2016, I'm excited to introduce a new series, "Design for Living", that will actively engage guests with the Lunts' fabulous life of entertainment, rejuvenation, and creativity on the estate. This new series to Ten Chimneys will allow guests more time on the estate to enrich their lives, just as the Lunts' once did.
Ten Chimneys represents escapism at its best. Touring reminds our guests of the values that are truly important in life and were the core values of the Lunts' lives - nurturing lasting relationships, integrity, passion, graciousness, and reflection. The Lunts' legacy truly is living on and is thriving in our theatre programs. We are proud to host the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. Now in its seventh season, our 2015 class was led by Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad. She joined the illustrious group of Master Teachers we've been fortunate to welcome to Ten Chimneys: Lynn Redgrave, Barry Edelstein, Olympia Dukakis, Joel Grey, Alan Alda, and David Hyde Pierce. In addition, Olympia Dukakis and I have collaborated to form an "in residence" program to house private master classes at Ten Chimneys. Olympia led her first class in 2014 and her second in March 2015.
While we make every effort to support the programming and preservation of Ten Chimneys internally, a significant portion of our fundraising comes from the community. I ask that you join me, and others, in supporting the annual programs and preservation of Ten Chimneys. Please consider a gift to Ten Chimneys today. Thank you for your early consideration in giving and for your ongoing patronage to Ten Chimneys. I thank you. The Lunts thank you. And, the Ten Chimneys family thanks you for your support.
With sincere gratitude and appreciation,
President and CEO, Ten Chimneys Foundation
(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 theatre, 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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