Uncommon Evening 2016- An Event Not to be Missed

On November 3, 2016, Uncommon Friends Foundation is hosting one of the grandest events of the social season, just as businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline once entertained the Edisons, Fords and Firestones of long ago. Step back in time to the 1920’s, just as the sun sets over the Caloosahatchee River.

Guests will enjoy a guided tour of the historic Burroughs Home and then settle in for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. Rounding out the evening, will be awards for the 2016 Business Ethics winner, the Character Education Champion Teacher, and student scholarship recipients. Stylish 1920’s fashions are welcomed.


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For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Angela Melvin, Executive Director at (239) 337-9503 or email at  angela@uncommonfriends.org. Reserve tickets early to experience this special evening.


Our Mission

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.

Jim Newton and Henry Ford circa 1910

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A spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose and a commitment to positive values and unending personal growth are the building blocks of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Inc. These noble personality traits were exhibited by some of the greatest men of the 20th century –  Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh – and were elaborated on by author Jim Newton, who dubbed this band of visionaries his “Uncommon Friends.”

The Foundation’s passion and goal is to see that the arresting qualities of these historic and bold men continue to be embraced today and for the generations to come. As Jim Newton proclaimed,”The best is yet to be!” This is the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

A MUST SEE: Check out Newton’s archives and artifacts in great detail, now available digitally online at Florida Gulf Coast University. FGCU’s Digital Exhibit

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