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Museum of Discovery and Science to honor Emil Buehler, aviation pioneer who had a prominent role in Broward’s aviation history, at the November 18, 2006, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale The Sky’s The Limit Gala.

November 10, 2006, Ft. Lauderdale – The Museum of Discovery and Science will honor Trustees of the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust for their incredible support of the Museum’s Runways to Rockets: Our Place in Aerospace exhibit hall at the Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale The Sky’s The Limit Gala, hosted by S.P.A.R.K., on November 18, 2006.

For Emil Buehler - aviation visionary, architect and engineer - the majesty and mystery of flight was more than a private interest. It was a vision to be shared - during his lifetime and beyond. It is this same vision that is perpetuated today through the continuing philanthropic involvement of the Buehler Trust. A pioneer in aeronautics as well as a designer of buildings, Mr. Buehler was actively involved in many of the significant aviation events that took place in New Jersey during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s and later in South Florida. He designed and personally supervised the construction of an aviation facility at the Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale. In the early 1960’s, a donation from the Emil Buehler Foundation led to the establishment of Buehler Planetarium at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale. The legacy of Emil Buehler continues to be felt in Broward County with the Emil Buehler Trust’s recent funding of the Museum’s newest exhibit hall, Runways to Rockets: Our Place in Aerospace. Museum president and CEO, Kim L. Cavendish, said "The Buehler Trust provided $600,000 for the exhibit hall for which we are very grateful. The final 4,000 square feet of the gallery opened last month and has been received very positively by Museum visitors."

On November 18, more than 700 guests will revel in an elegant evening of fine dining, live music and dancing, with silent and live auctions. Guests will also experience the IMAX® film – Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag with special guest Major Robert G. Novotny who stars in the film and explore the new 4,000-square-foot exhibit Aviation Station in the Runways to Rockets: Our Place in Aerospace exhibit hall. This interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in aviation technology. By exploring different areas within the exhibit, visitors can learn about controlled flight, fundamentals of flight, navigation, and the materials used to build planes.

Proceeds of the Sky’s The Limit Gala will benefit the Museum of Discovery & Science and Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund. The McCormick Tribune Foundation will match Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund’s share of the event revenue at a significant percentage, increasing the amount of money available to support agencies such as the Museum of Discovery and Science. In 2005, the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund awarded more than $4.3 million in grants to 148 organizations in South Florida that provide services to low-income children and families.

The evening will commence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception, silent auction and open bars. The dinner and live auction will follow at 8:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of exciting Silent and Live Auction items to fit any taste, whether you prefer an exotic travel destination, a family outing or a unique and priceless "experience." A few of the live auction items that will be featured are a one week siesta at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona which includes a private hacienda, dinner and spa privileges (provided by Jim Ellis); exquisite one of a kind jewelry from Daoud’s Fine Jewelry; an Exclusive Resorts Dream Package for a one-week vacation at a luxurious premium destination in either Los Cabos, Mexico; Devon, England; Scottsdale, AZ; Snowmass, CO or Telluride, CO and a VIP Go Gators package for four on a private jet to the TN or FSU game in 2007.

The Sky’s The Limit Presenting Sponsor is Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale. The Wright Brothers Cocktail Reception Sponsor is Wachovia and Southern Wine & Spirits is the Exclusive Beverage Sponsor. The Charles Lindbergh Entertainment Sponsor is Huizenga Holdings, Inc., the Red Baron Film Sponsor is Banyan Air Service, and Blosser & Sayfie and Aaxon are the Amelia Earhart Décor Sponsors. The Sally Ride Program Sponsor is BankAtlantic, the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Print/Mail Sponsor is Republic Services Inc., and The Findeiss Family is the Neil Armstrong Postage Sponsor. Additional underwriting has been provided by Holy Cross Hospital. VIP table sponsors include Akerman Senterfitt, Angelo & Banta, P.A., AutoNation, Inc., City Furniture, Cushman & Wakefield, Ellis Diversified, North Broward Hospital District, Publix Super Markets Charities and Q-Med Corporation. Creative services were donated by EDI and Printing/Mailing services were donated by MOR Printing, Inc.

The Gala is hosted by S.P.A.R.K. (Science Patrons to Advance Research and Knowledge), the Museum’s fundraising auxiliary. The Gala Co-chairs are Tom and Kari Angelo; Jim Ellis; Jon and Katy Ferrando; Jorge and Melinda Gonzalez; Keith and Doreen Koenig; and John Magee. Gala Committee Co-chairs are Cecily Conklin, Peggy Marker and Lisa Zwick.

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors each year. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia

Media Contacts: Jody Ligas 954.713.0904 email
Theresa Waldron 954.713.0901 email

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