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A Thomas Edison Birthday Gala at Pleasantdale Château


On Monday, February 11, 2013, Pleasantdale Château in West Orange, NJ will host an “Edison Birthday Gala.” The event, organized by the Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park, will include a cocktail reception, dinner dance, and live big-band music from Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Proceeds generated from ticket purchases will help to support the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.

Pleasantdale Château Chef Robert Albers will present a specially designed menu for the evening, which will begin with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception, leading to a 7:30 p.m. dinner.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to call 973-736-2916 or email and make a reservation with John O’Reilly at The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park. The cost is $150 per person, inclusive of tax and service charge.

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About the Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park

The Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Thomas Edison NHP in the preservation, restoration and promotion of Thomas A. Edison’s laboratory and home through advocacy, volunteer service and fundraising. The Friends also strive to foster an appreciation of Thomas A. Edison and his achievements through assisting in the planning of special events and providing programs that satisfy the needs and interests of its members and the local community. For more information, visit

About Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Thomas Edison National Historical Park is a National Park Service site dedicated to promoting an international understanding and appreciation of the life and extraordinary achievements of Thomas Alva Edison by preserving, protecting, and interpreting the Park’s extensive historic artifact and archive collections at the Edison Laboratory Complex and Glenmont, the Edison family estate.  The Thomas Edison National Historical Park is located at 211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ. For more information, please visit the National Park Service website at

About Pleasantdale Château

Once the private home of an industrial magnate, Pleasantdale Château, a Knowles Restaurants venue, is now the most exclusive, private and sought-after venue for social events, fund raisers, weddings, and corporate meetings in the tri-state area. Situated on 40 acres of woodlands, meadows, manicured gardens, and ponds, the estate is a spectacular display of craftsmanship and luxurious comfort. For more information about Pleasantdale Château, visit or call 973-731-5600.

About Vince Girodano and the Nighthawks

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. More than simply a performer, Giordano is a big-band historian and collector with more than 60,000 scores in his collection.

Since its formation in 1976, this dynamic ensemble has been booked for black tie galas at the New York Public Library, the Waldorf Astoria, the Rainbow Room and many private events for the patrons of the NY Pops, NYC Opera, NYC Ballet and countless charitable organizations.

Most recently, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks won a 2012 GRAMMY for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for their work on the CD “Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 – Music from the HBO Original Series.” Vince and the band are heard and seen on “Boardwalk Empire” as well as the USA Network series “Royal Pains.” 

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