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Cuneo Mansion and Gardens Unveils Revamped Membership Program

CHICAGO, August 11, 2011 —A newly revamped membership program is now available at Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois. The program, which was closed temporarily after the University acquired the estate from the Cuneo Foundation in December 2009, was officially reintroduced on July 1, 2011.

The Cuneo membership program, which features five levels of membership, will allow the estate to preserve its historic surroundings, fund its day-to-day operations, and protect and promote the cultural, architectural, and environmental heritage of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens.

“The goal of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens membership is to provide a sense of community and membership to those who appreciate the Cuneo estate, and to those who want to see it succeed,” said Ann Fruland of Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Advancement and co-creator of the Cuneo membership program. “This membership has tremendous value. The mansion and estate is a unique place and being a member allows you to have an insider view of an era’s past…and to contribute to the history.”

Listed below is the list of membership packages and their key features:

Household Friend – $50

Contributing Friend – $100

Sponsor Friend – $250

Jen Jensen Friend – $500

Cuneo Society – $1,000

“We’re really excited about the re-launch of this membership program,” said Kevin Ginty, general manager of Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. “We, the Loyola community and the Cuneo family, hope this membership benefits the local community and opens the doors to those who have never experienced the mansion and historic grounds before.”

For more information on the new membership program, please visit cuneomansion.org, call Cuneo Mansion and Gardens at 847.362.3042, or send an e-mail to info@cuneomansion.org. You can also contact membership program director Ann Fruland directly at 312.915.6719 or efruland@luc.edu.

About the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens
Construction on the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens began in 1908 and stopped during World War. It was completed in 1918 as the home of Samuel Insull, the creator of Commonwealth Edison and a leading businessman of the 1920s, and designed by Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall in the Italianate style. Its gardens and landscaping were designed by world-renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. In 1937, John Cuneo Sr. bought the home. He and his wife, Julia, had two children, John Jr. and Consuela, whom they raised on the estate. John Sr. owned and operated Hawthorn Mellody Farms Dairy, the National Tea Company, and the Cuneo Press. The mansion, which opened to the public as the Cuneo Museum and Gardens in 1991, now called Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, houses the Cuneo family collection of fine antiques, paintings by world-famous artists, tapestries, sculptures, silver, and porcelain. In December 2009, the Cuneo Foundation, the family foundation of John Cuneo Jr. and his wife, Herta, donated the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and its nearly 100 surrounding acres, an extensive collection of art and furnishings, and an in-kind distribution of funds to Loyola University Chicago, establishing the estate under Loyola’s ownership.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.




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