The Uncommon Friends Foundation has opened reservations for individual tickets at a cost of $150 per person for its 2018 Uncommon Evening Gala to be held on November 8, 2018. Sponsorships and full table reservations are also still available. To make reservations, contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at (239) 826-0556 or email

For the second consecutive year, the Jim and Ellie Newton Presenting Sponsor is Storm Smart Industries of Fort Myers, Florida, represented by CEO Brian Rist. Other event sponsors are:  Alliance Financial Group with Michael and Lynne Kimmich, Conditioned Air, Edison National Bank, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Weekly, Henderson Franklin, Home Tech, Lee Country Electric Cooperative (LCEC), Lee Health, M. La Croix, McGriff Insurance Services, The News-Press Media Group, and Wiltshire, Whitley, Richardson & English. Sunset cocktail reception and gourmet dinner will be catered by Artichoke & Company.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street. Its waterfront Gale McBride Pavilion is available for public and private weddings and events. Public tours of the historic home are available by reservation. For more information, visit or call 239-337-9503.

Uncommon Friends Membership Meeting 2011
Business Ethics Luncheon 2012
2016 Scholarship Recipients
2019 Business Ethics Luncheon at FGCU
2019 Uncommon Evening: Pearls of Wisdom
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Champion Teachers
Historic Images
Honorary Lifetime Membership Winners
Royal Palm Yacht Club Ladies Visit Burroughs Home
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