Thomas Edison Supports Innovative Charitable Giving

So…riddle me this. What is the commonality between mitigating PTSD and improving heart health? These are two programs that exist today because of seed funding from the Charles Edison Fund, the mother foundation of the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Mitigating PTSD
Serenity Stables From Combat to Calm is a Middletown, NJ horse farm-turned –equine- therapy program aimed at helping veterans suffering with disabilities and
post-traumatic stress disorder. Here, therapy horses provide an extra measure of treatment for veterans. The horses act as a spiritual reflection for the 200 veterans who have visited Serenity Farms and experienced some measure of healing through interaction with the beautiful and gentle animals.

Seeking Calm and Peace with Therapy Horses at Serenity Farms. Check out Serenity Stables at www.serenitystablesfcc.org/.

Seeking Calm and Peace with Therapy Horses at Serenity Farms. Check out Serenity Stables at www.serenitystablesfcc.org/.

Charles Edison created his non-profit fund to support the legacy of his father Thomas Edison, and to promote education, specifically careers in science and technology. The programs which focus on the legacy of Thomas Edison, medical research and education at the grammar, high, college and graduate school levels, are the best in the country. Serenity Farms fit into this funding philosophy.

The Living Heart Foundation 
The Living Heart Foundation, public/private collaborative, initially began with a Charles Edison Fund grant, and now with generous support from others, delivers a unique brand of education and health features to diverse communities in need. This is achieved through the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships that include healthcare providers, educators, schools, hospitals, industry and active/retired professional athletes.

The Living Heart Foundation’s mission is fivefold:

  • Generate intense awareness of the importance of CV disease;
  • Perform early detection of CV abnormalities through screening;
  • Create a health stratification database;
  • Track the health data longitudinally;
  • Develop website education and lifestyle programs to empower people to counter adverse effects of persistent health problems;

The results of early detection and intervention through the Foundation’s integrated-preventative approach significantly decrease medical costs compared to persistent, uncorrected abnormalities and increase compliance related to achieving healthcare goals. State-of-the-art technology to deliver information and create interactive programs can be customized as needed.

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison Pitch Contest–Jan. 12, 2018

Since 2011, thousands of middle and high school students across the nation took the challenge and competed for honors and prizes … all in the spirit of the world’s greatest inventor … Thomas Edison. On January 12, 2018, the 8th annual pitch contest begins.

Check out the happy faces of student teams honored over the years in this sampling of photos shown below. Can you see your students standing to receive honors when the pitch contest concludes in the Spring of 2018!

Check out the video containing contest rules/timeline at www.thomasedisonpitch.org.

Our other social media sites will also announce the big contest at:

Give your students a chance to experience team based innovation, just like Edison pioneered in his invention factory and R&D lab. This is exactly what STEM is all about. Stay tuned and get those young minds primed and ready to show their stuff. Make Edison proud … join in the fun! Put January 12th on your calendar in big bold letters. Start the countdown. It will be here before you know it.

Thomas Edison said, “The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison Statue Arrives!

A beautiful seven-foot likeness of Thomas Edison in middle age is now installed at Thomas Edison National Historical Park [TENHP], the site of Edison’s legendary West Orange Labs. The five hundred pound likeness was sculpted by Alan Cottrill.

Mr. Edison is “in the house”!

Mr. Edison is “in the house”!

Resting on a concrete base, the Edison image in West Orange is likely to be the focal point of many visitor photos and folks pondering the many things the great inventor did for humanity. Just over his right shoulder in the photo, can be seen the top portion of the Black Maria, the world’s first motion picture studio.

Edison, the man who turned darkness to light

Edison, the man who turned darkness to light

Soon to be installed next to the statue will be this inscription …

“This Edison statue was created by Alan Cottrill, who sculpted a substantially similar one now displayed in Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol. In his right hand, Edison offers the light bulb (his major achievement); while in his left hand, a notebook recording progress on his experiments is evident. Throughout his life, Edison filled many laboratory notebooks, inspiring his 200 scientists and engineers to create more innovative ideas to improve humankind. This became the basis for his invention factory concept, later to be re-named R&D labs. Stand beside him, feel his presence and take your picture with the “Man of the Millennium”. There is a bit of Edison in all of us. Don’t be afraid to set it free!”

No doubt, this statue will bring many visitors to the site, especially young school students who study STEM related activities– whose underlying philosophy of teamwork, research, invention and creativity are synonymous with what went on here at West Orange, and ultimately improved the standards of living for the entire world.

Go to thomasedison.org for more info on the statue and an opportunity to win free tickets to the Edison Park in West Orange and an Apple gift card

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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