Re-Vitalize Bonnet House 2020-2021
A Night at the Museum
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens continues its 100th-anniversary celebration with a Re-Vitalize Campaign.
As part of the Re-Vitalize Campaign, and for a donation of $5,000, the historic and whimsical 35-acre subtropical estate, located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, will be offering a once in a lifetime experience that includes a luxurious dinner for two and an overnight stay in their newly renovated guest suite. The curated experience will immerse participants in the leisurely life enjoyed at a 1930s era beachfront estate including the rare opportunity to tour the property like never before with accommodations for two in a newly refurbished second-floor suite, dinner for two on the veranda with an exquisitely designed personalized menu, and breakfast in the morning with Bloody Mary’s and mimosas.
Separately and for a donation of $5,000 to the Re-Vitalize Campaign, visitors can enjoy the elegant entertaining tradition of the Bonnet House estate, just as its iconic former owners, Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett did. This experience for eight includes a specially curated tour, pre-dinner cocktails, and dinner on the veranda or moon-lit courtyard. Menu options may be exquisitely personalized and could include dishes like a scrumptious lobster first course, steak, and a full open bar.
Click on link below to show your support or reserve your Night at the Museum!
For all donations, except for Night at the Museum gifts, no goods or services are provided as consideration for this gift. The entire gift amount is eligible for deduction. For Night at the Museum Dinner gifts, $3,000 is tax-deductible and for Night at the Museum Sleepover gifts, $4,000 is tax-deductible.
Bonnet House has been through many challenges over the years and has always prevailed largely due to our outstanding donor base as well as the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and staff. Over the last several months’ Bonnet House has experienced a tremendous amount of change, at times uncertainty, and again more challenges. Our hard-won independence from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation has given us a unique, long-term opportunity to build a better Bonnet House!
But COVID-19 has presented the museum with immediate needs and challenges. Unlike many not-for-profits, Bonnet House has always earned money in addition to seeking contributions. Due to the pandemic, the museum faces limits on the ways we typically earn revenue such as house tours and weddings. Fundraising events that draw large crowds like Holiday Magic are also impossible in the current climate. This year, more than ever before, Bonnet House is counting on its donor base to continue maintenance, restoration, and operations during these unprecedented times.
Bonnet House is a very expensive property to maintain. Consider these expenses as just the baseline for what was incurred in 2019:
$30,528 for electrical service and electrical repairs
$29,567 for water, irrigation, and plumbing and irrigation repairs
$26,945 for windstorm insurance
$14,701 for waste and vegetation debris removal
$11,806 for lawn and waterway maintenance
$11,327 for orchid collection care
$7,168 for phone and internet service
$6,917 for alarm monitoring and system repairs
This list certainly does not include things like repair to historic windows or artwork conservation, needing a new roof, and damages that can be brought on at any time like the recent flooding situation or just general south Florida weather. An awful lot goes into running a 100-year-old historic house on 35 seaside acres.
Bonnet House is in the process of developing a five-year comprehensive strategic plan that includes advanced marketing efforts to attract tourists and broaden engagement with the local community. We ask that you help us now with a financial contribution to help bridge the gap in lost revenue and provide for relief funds to get us through this difficult fiscal year.
Every little bit helps! We can and will get through this together and come out better for it in the end. But not all is doom and gloom! We are so thrilled to be able to offer you two new exciting opportunities to experience Bonnet House just as Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett did. These opportunities come about in response to very high, popular demand from our constituents.