Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens to Re-Open June 22nd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       

Contact: Jennifer Nelson, Executive Director Uncommon Friends Foundation 

Phone: 239.337.9503

Email: Jennifer@uncommonfriends.org

Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens to Re-Open June 22nd

Event Venue and Tours will resume while following precautions

FORT MYERS, FL( June 8,2020) . The Uncommon Friends Foundation leadership team has been following the State’s phased plan to reopen Florida’s economy and has been working closely with the State Administration, Florida Attractions Association and industry partners to identify the appropriate timing and protocols for the Burroughs Home and Garden’s to safely welcome the public back for educational tours as well as to resume hosting weddings and other celebratory gatherings.  The historic property and grounds will open starting Monday June 22nd.

Historical tours will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10am-2pm.  The Facility will be cleaned and disinfected daily using approved and effective antimicrobial solutions after each tour and high touch areas will be regularly cleaned throughout the day.  Admissions will be touchless, with tickets being sold through the online portal for a specific arrival time and will be limited to no more than 50 people, which is well below the 50% building occupancy threshold.  Sanitation stations have been added throughout the home and grounds along with over 50 instructional signs that direct traffic flow to insure social distancing guidelines are followed.  Staff will also wear masks at all times when engaging with the public. 

The Event Venue will be available Monday through Sunday from 10am to 11pm with a limited capacity of no more than 150 people, in accordance with the phase II guidelines set by the Governor’s Order.  Much like the tours, the facility will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each event and all staff will be required to wear masks when engaging with the public.  7 Sanitation Stations have been placed throughout public areas and instructional signs have been placed throughout the home’s interior, exterior, porches, gazebos, riverside pavilion and grounds to insure proper social distancing.  

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as well as historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and Gardens and the James Newton Archives. It is located in the historic Burroughs Home and Gardens at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, Florida 33901. To schedule home tours, garden and waterfront weddings, or hold glamorous events in our new outdoor pavilion, please visit https://uncommonfriends.org  or contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or at jennifer@uncommonfriends.org 

 

Millennial Brewing to host Murder Mystery Event

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Uncommon Friends Foundation

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has partnered with Millennial Brewing to raise much needed funds by hosting a 1920’s themed Murder Mystery Event at Millennial Brewery, located in Downtown Fort Myers on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6pm-9pm. 

Guests  will be able to purchase and reserve tables in advance for as few as 5 people and up to 8 people.  Social Distancing guidelines will be followed.  Each table will receive their own Murder Mystery Story packet and attendees will also be able to add a themed Growler or bottle of wine for a reduced price to be delivered to their table and served.  This is the first event of it’s kind for Millennial Brewing.  “ I am so grateful for the partnership with Millennial Brewing and for the support of Kyle and Amber Cebul, especially during these unprecedented times.  They have always been wonderful supporters of our community and I look forward to a creative evening of fun, all for a great cause!” said Jennifer Nelson, Executive Director of the Uncommon Friends Foundation. 

Millennial Brewing’s 1920’s Murder Mystery event will be on Thursday June 25th from 6pm to 9pm at the Brewery, located at 1811 Royal Palm Avenue in Fort Myers, Fl.  Table Reservations are $20, Table Reservations with a specially themed Growler or bottle of wine are $40.  Reservations can be made by visiting www.millennialbrewing.com and clicking on the “Online Ordering” tab.  

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as well as historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and Gardens and the James Newton Archives. It is located in the historic Burroughs Home and Gardens at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, Florida 33901. To schedule home tours, garden and waterfront weddings, or hold glamorous events in our new outdoor pavilion, please contact Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or at jennifer@uncommonfriends.org

Deadline Extended for Uncommon Friends Foundation Scholarship Applications

UPDATE: Nomination deadline is has been extended to May 15, 2020

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 student scholarship awards, which will be awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults, disabled students, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology, health sciences and other studies.

Qualifications require that nominees reside in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry Counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and/or their personal lives, and possess high quality character traits. Scholarships vary in application requirements, duration, and financial amounts, while some are to specific schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University, technology institutes, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County.  

Visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for all the specific scholarships, qualifications and requirements, as well as links to official forms. Nomination requirements include an application form from the nominating organization, a written essay on character, and one or more letters from a sponsor such as a service agency, school counselor, teacher, or principal.

Completed scholarship nominations must be submitted to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org by May 1, 2020. Winners will be announced in by early May and will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s annual fundraising and recognition gala to be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has awarded over 550 educational scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.  All questions regarding scholarships should be directed to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org.

 The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace, and preservation of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and James Newton Archives. 

Applications Open for Uncommon Friends Foundation Scholarships

Nomination deadline is April 1, 2020

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 student scholarship awards, which will be awarded to deserving students, veterans, struggling adults, disabled students, and single parents who are pursuing degrees in education, law, technology, health sciences and other studies.

Qualifications require that nominees reside in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, or Hendry Counties, need financial assistance, excel in school and/or their personal lives, and possess high quality character traits. Scholarships vary in application requirements, duration, and financial amounts, while some are to specific schools such as Florida Gulf Coast University, technology institutes, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County.  

Visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for all the specific scholarships, qualifications and requirements, as well as links to official forms. Nomination requirements include an application form from the nominating organization, a written essay on character, and one or more letters from a sponsor such as a service agency, school counselor, teacher, or principal.

Completed scholarship nominations must be submitted to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org by April 1, 2020. Winners will be announced in by early May and will be honored at the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s annual fundraising and recognitions gala to be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Over the past 24 years, the Foundation has awarded over 550 educational scholarships totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.  All questions regarding scholarships should be directed to scholarships@uncommonfriends.org.

 The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace, and preservation of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and James Newton Archives. 

Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club Presents Holiday House 2019: “Colors of Christmas”

Popular Holiday Tradition Returns for 63rd Year in Downtown Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, FL – Drawing from nature’s most vibrant and rich colors, the “Colors of Christmas” come together in a brilliant and festive kaleidoscope that will surely delight visitors to the 63rd Annual Holiday House, presented by the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club.

Inspired by the artistry of Christmas designers Christopher Radko and Jim Marvin, the historic Langford Kingston Home and Burroughs Home and Gardens will showcase vivid hues of emerald green, peacock blue, plum, orange, fuchsia, and red, layered with sparkly gold and silver accents, and adorned with iconic Shiny Brite ornaments of the 1940s and 1950s.

Every year since 1956, hundreds of members and volunteers of the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club spend hours planning creative designs to transform the interior and exterior of the Langford-Kingston and Burroughs homes, including the lawns, gardens, and grounds, into magical displays of holiday design and décor.

“Holiday House is a wonderful tradition our members take great delight in sharing with our community every year,” said Paige Anne LeBoutillier, 2019 Holiday House Chair. “Every detail of the elaborate and beautiful decorations are carefully planned to ensure our guests are filled to brimming with the holiday spirit. ‘The Colors of Christmas’ promises to be every bit as sparkly, cheery, and joyful as the holiday season itself.”

Self-guided tours of Holiday House 2019 will run Friday, December 13, through Sunday, December 22. The hours are 5:00pm – 9:00pm, with the last tour guests admitted at 8:30pm. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under age 10 are free. Veterans and active military service members are admitted free with identification. Advance tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club website: www.fmwcc.net.

In addition to touring both festive historic homes, children may visit with Santa at the Langford-Kingston home during each night of Holiday House, and a variety of local musical performers will provide entertainment each evening.

The Historic Langford-Kingston Home and Burroughs Home are located in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of First Street and Fowler Street.

Don’t miss Holiday House…a Fort Myers tradition since 1956, presented by the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club!

Contact:
Paige Anne LeBoutillier, Holiday House Chair, 239-823-4588
Liane McHugh, President, Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club, 239-770-7242

2nd Annual Taco Cook-Off

Competition to be held at the Burroughs Home & Gardens October 15, 2019

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is pleased to support the 2nd Annual Taco Cook-Off between Lee County’s high school culinary programs.  The event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. The Foundation is hosting the event for the second year in the row. It will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida.

Enjoy a fun filled evening while supporting our students with great food, music, raffle and silent auction items.  ProStart/Culinary high school instructors and students from four or five Lee County high schools will prepare a signature taco and a side dish. Guests will help select the “fan favorite” and celebrity judges will select the overall winner.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on Eventbrite.  Proceeds from this event will go towards scholarships, classroom supplies, classroom equipment and state competitions to prepare students for the workforce.  Non-alcoholic beverages will be included in the ticket price.  Cash bar available for attendees 21 and over.

Get involved… (CLICK HERE to download event flyer/order/donor form) Sponsorships for each school team are available at $500 each.  Donations are also welcome for the raffle and auction.  Food and beverage sponsorships are also available by contacting Lois at LCroft@FRLA.org.

Call for nominations for Uncommon Friends Foundation 2019 Business Ethics Award

Winner to be announced Nov. 14 at the Uncommon Evening Gala

PBS Contractors - Business Ethics Award

PBS Contractors, Inc. (last year’s Business Ethics Award winner) – L to R: Russell Budd, Bart Zino, Kimberly Ortegon and Mark Simmons

The Uncommon Friends Foundation has opened nominations for its 2019 Business Ethics Award that are due by September 1. Businesses in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades Counties who consistently demonstrate a system-wide commitment to high ethical business practices are eligible. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. The online nomination form and detailed submission guidelines are available here.

Finalists will be announced after the close of nominations and will be honored guests at the annual FGCU Business Ethics Roundtable to be held on Wednesday, October 30 jointly hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert School of Business and the Uncommon Friends Foundation. The recipient of the Business Ethics Award will be announced at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held on Thursday, November 14 at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens in downtown Fort Myers.

Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders, as it inspires future leaders toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens on the waterfront in downtown Fort Myers that offers a sheltered pavilion and dazzling water views for public and private events and tours year round. To schedule events or tours, call Executive Director Jennifer Nelson at 239-337-9503 or email events@burroughshome.com or tours@burroughshome.com.

Board Member Dr. Aysegul Timur Joins Florida Gulf Coast University Leadership Team

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) President Mike Martin has added Aysegul Timur to his leadership team as the assistant vice president of strategic initiatives, strategy and program innovation. Dr, Timur worked at Hodges University for the last 20 years, most recently serving as dean of the Johnson School of Business and senior vice president of academic affairs.

She started at FGCU in April. In her new position, Timur will develop innovative services and experiences that drive improved academic performance for students. She will increase interaction with private and public entities to expand the impact of FGCU in Southwest Florida and across the state.

Timur, who will also work with FGCU’s Regional Economic Research Institute, was recently honored by the Florida College Access Network as one of its first Workforce Education Innovators.

Dr. Michael Martin to be the keynote speaker at the Uncommon Evening Gala – November 14, 2019

Dr. Michael Martin, President of Florida Gulf Coast University

Michael V. Martin, Ph.D., President of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will be the featured keynote speaker at the annual Uncommon Evening Gala to be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The event chair is Alexandra Bremner, who will be assisted by co-chair Donna Lovejoy. Save the date and plan to arrive before sunset to enjoy mingling with dignitaries and guests as the sun sets below the horizon and the dinner and awards program begin at 7:00 p.m. and run to 9:00 p.m. Read more

3rd Annual FGCU High School Ethics Case Competition Was a Huge Success

1st Place Team, L to R: Megan Piller, Graham Kupsaw, Kaili Yap,
Zach Taylor, Hannah VanDress, Samuel Bejarano, and Dr. Eric B. Dent

We recently co-sponsored our 3rd Annual High School Ethics Case Competition in conjunction with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Lutgert College of Business and Lee County Schools. Read more