It is hard to believe that 10 years have transpired since the new corporation (Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Inc. – DBA Edison Ford) began in October 2006 to take on restoration and oversight of the beautiful estates of the Edison and Ford Families, other properties and museum. Now, it is 10 years later, and we have a 99 year lease from the City on the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with our commitment to continued excellence in restoration, education and steady growth of this site.
But it is true, 2016 and 2017 mark this historic date for our 10th Anniversary. Thank you City of Fort Myers for your vote of confidence in transferring the site to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. We also thank the State of Florida, Lee County, the Charles Edison Fund, the Edison Ford Foundation and the Edison Ford Board of Trustees for your financial and ongoing involvement.
We will celebrate the10th Anniversary all year with gilded sticker images on all publications. So look for gilded sticker images on the gates, and throughout the property.
There will be a celebratory, 10th Incandescent Evening, on April 22, 2017. Yes, 10 years ago on this date, all of our partners and the National Trust for Historic Preservation came together for an evening of celebrating , great local foods, beverages, music, dancing, science shows and special tours.
We will be sending out a “Save the Date” postcard soon for April 22, 2017, so look for it and post it prominently. Tickets will go on sale this December 2016 (this would make the perfect holiday gift!). Get out your garden togs, white dinner jackets, frocks, shirt and shoes and plan to get an early start on all the fun on April 22, 2017.
I found some photos from our first Incandescent Evening in 2006. This next evening event will be chaired by Steve and Sharon Niehaus, our dynamic Edison Ford Chair of the Board of Trustees, and by Sass and Charles Edwards (Sass was our previous Chair and helped me through the entire transition from city-managed to private non-profit corporation, the tough restoration years and up to the present … she is a great, great lady.) Please plan to join us all for this great celebration.