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Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing

Mina and Thomas Edison
Mina and Thomas Edison

Mrs. Edison at the piano
Mrs. Edison at the piano

Celebrate the Edison Festival of Light and help feed the hungry by attending Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing on Tuesday, Feb 7.

This is the 28th anniversary of the hymn sing, organized and sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. Admission is free, but because of the increased need for food for the hungry, organizers are requesting that those who attend bring cans of non-perishable food and a voluntary cash donation, if possible, to benefit The Soup Kitchen of Community Cooperative.

Community Cooperative provided food and other services to 10,250 people last year. “There are even more families who need our help,” said Rev. Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Galloway, who originated the hymn sing in 1989, said he wanted to do something to honor Mrs. Mina Edison during the Edison Festival celebration.

“We hear a great deal about the wonderful work of Thomas Alva Edison, but we don’t do a lot to honor his wife, who also volunteered a great deal of her time and talent to making Fort Myers what it is today. This hymn sing is a way to honor her good work, too,” he said.

This year’s event will feature the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and many other singers, including members of the Mastersingers, guest soloists and a piano-organ combination.

Mrs. Edison’s Hymn Sing will take place at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 2438 Second St. in Fort Myers. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. For more information, call 1-239-334-2261.

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