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CIGNA MAKES $80,000 CONTRIBUTION TO INDEPENDENCE HALL PRESERVATION FUND

CIGNA MAKES $80,000 CONTRIBUTION TO INDEPENDENCE HALL PRESERVATION FUND
 300 CIGNA Volunteers Spend Day Beautifying
 Independence National Historical Park
 PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) owes a lot to Independence Hall, the site where its first predecessor company was founded 200 years ago.
 Today, the CIGNA Companies and their employees gave something back to the nation's birthplace and Independence National Historical Park as part of CIGNA's first Community Commitment Day.
 After a colonial fife and drum corps escort to the park from CIGNA's Domestic Property and Casualty Division headquarters at Two Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut streets, more than 300 CIGNA company employee volunteers raked, weeded and beautified the park. In a midday ceremony on Independence Square, Caleb Fowler, president of the Domestic Property and Casualty Division, presented Arthur Klein, president of the Independence Hall Preservation Fund, with an $80,000 contribution from CIGNA and those of its vendors who participated in CIGNA's Independence Hall Festival this past July. In addition, based on CIGNA's contribution, the National Constitution Center, a non-partisan organization devoted to preserving the legacy of the Constitutional Bicentennial, today announced it will make a $10,000 grant to the Preservation Fund, bringing the total contribution associated with the July festival to $90,000.
 The Preservation Fund was created to build a special endowment for the restoration of the historic buildings in Independence National Historical Park, which are in need of significant repair.
 Said Fowler, "We are proud to be associated with a program that is helping to restore the most visible symbol of our nation's founding. It's pleasing to know that the funds we raised at CIGNA's Independence Hall Festival will go directly to restoring Independence Hall and the park."
 Also participating in the ceremony were Park Superintendent Martha Aikens and City Councilman Brian J. O'Neill, who has called for additional congressional funding for the park.
 Klein, commenting on the contribution, noted, "It's exciting to receive the initial individual support from corporate Philadelphia. It's fitting that CIGNA, with two centuries of business history here, has taken the lead in preserving Independence Hall. Both institutions are important to Philadelphia now and in the future."
 O'Neill added, "We cannot allow one of this country's most historic parks to be lost to neglect. Independence National Historical Park is not only a national park unequalled in historic and cultural significance, but it is the cornerstone of Philadelphia's tourism industry."
 Praising CIGNA's employee volunteerism, Fowler noted, "It's especially meaningful that more than 300 CIGNA company volunteers have joined me here today. While our Community Commitment Day provides a perfect closure to CIGNA's 200th anniversary celebration, it also marks a renewed commitment by our employees to improving the quality of life in the communities in which they live and work." (See accompanying story, PH011, on Community Commitment Day and CIGNA's new Power of Personal Commitment Program.)
 Aikens added, "More than 200 years ago the words 'We the People' rang out in Independence Hall, giving birth to a document dedicated to preserving the hopes and dreams of America's founding generation. Today, CIGNA employees are helping to 'preserve Independence.' On behalf of the National Park Service, I thank CIGNA for its generous contribution to the Independence Hall Preservation Fund, and the more than 300 CIGNA employees who volunteered their time and gave of their talents to beautify the park on CIGNA's first Community Commitment Day."
 As part of the ceremony, Fowler also planted a tree donated by CIGNA company employees on the park grounds.
 CIGNA's first Community Commitment Day is part of the company's new Power of Personal Commitment Program, which includes ways for employees to give time, money or both to community-based organizations of their choice. The program was developed in response to employees' feedback about the need for personal involvement in their communities.
 The CIGNA Companies are leading providers of insurance, health care, employee benefits, pension and investment management, and related financial services to businesses and individuals worldwide.
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 /Editors: Photo Opportunity -- CIGNA company volunteers are working at the park from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. A formal ceremony for the check presentation and tree planting was held from noon to 12:35 p.m. A colonial fife and drum corps escorted 150 CIGNA company employees from Two Liberty Place at 11:30 a.m. and arrived at the park for the noon ceremony./
 /CONTACT: Tina Marie Angelo, 215-761-4757, or home, 215-284-0424, or Lauren Stern, 215-761-4745, or home, 215-483-0229, both of CIGNA/
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