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Uncommon Friends Foundation annual meeting is tonight

By Staff | Apr 23, 2009

The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Uncommon Friends Foundation on Thursday, April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held under the Oak trees at the Burroughs Home, located at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers. John Sheppard, a third generation Lee County resident, will be the guest speaker.

Sheppard will discuss his latest book, “One Man’s Family in Early Fort Myers.” He will also provide his recollections of his relationship to Jim and Ellie Newton, long-time Fort Myers Beach residents.

Contact the Uncommon Friends Foundation at 239-337-9505 or info@uncommonfriends.org to inquire is there is space available for tonight’s meeting. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members; heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

In addition, The Burroughs Home will be open for tours. Limited free parking is available across the street at the Langford-Kingston House. VIP parking will be available at the First United Methodist Church for $5.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation, established in 1993, is a character education foundation whose mission is to instill ethics, moral values and a sense of purpose in tomorrow’s leaders. The foundation is dedicated to enriching society by promoting the positive values author James D. Newton discovered in five unique men and their wives – Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh – intellectual giants who helped shape the 20th Century. The non-profit foundation is a joint venture among Lee County, the City of Fort Myers and The School District of Lee County.

Additional information about the foundation may be obtained by calling 239-337-9505 or checking the Web site at www.uncommonfriends.org.