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JM Family Enterprises generously donates $2 million to the Museum of Discovery and Science Capital Campaign

JM Family Great Hall of Science will be featured in the Museum’s expansion

November 8, 2007 - The Museum of Discovery and Science announced a $2 million gift from JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JM Family) to the Museum’s capital campaign. The second million will be a dollar-for-dollar match for any new or increased capital gift donations up to $1 million, bringing the total sum to $3 million. To show appreciation, the Museum’s expansion plan now includes a featured area that will be named the JM Family Great Hall of Science.

Kim L. Cavendish, Museum president/CEO said, “I am extremely pleased that JM Family has committed this generous gift to the Museum’s capital expansion and renewal campaign. The company has always been a strong supporter of the Museum. From being a longtime Leadership Guild member - to donating the JM Family Enterprises/Jim and Jan Moran Great Gravity Clock, the iconic feature in our Museum’s Grand Atrium – JM Family has created a lasting partnership with us and we are very grateful to them for all that they have done.”

This generous commitment is a wonderful boost to the Museum’s three-year, $20 million capital campaign to fund an expansion of the Museum that will effectively double its public space. The expansion plan includes a 27,000-square-foot
EcoDiscovery Center wing.  This new wing will offer exhibits that will be dedicated primarily to Florida’s environment, including interpretation of its unique ecology, the Everglades, and the impact of humankind, hurricanes, and climate change.

The gift was announced at the Museum’s spectacular annual gala on Saturday, November 3, 2007 by Colin Brown, president and CEO of diversified automotive company JM Family Enterprises and its subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC and JM Lexus, to the delight and applause of the nearly 700 guests. 

“An important part of our culture at JM Family is giving back to the community, which began with our late founder Jim Moran nearly 40 years ago,” said Brown.  “Supporting the Museum through this gift to their capital campaign is our way of helping to ensure that they will be able to continue bringing innovative educational enhancements to Broward County for many years to come.  We encourage other companies and community members to help make this campaign a success as well.  Together, we can make a difference and have a lasting impact.”

The Museum’s “Building New Pathways to Discovery” campaign is being jointly chaired by the following distinguished community leaders: Tom Angelo, Esq. of Angelo and Banta, P.A.; Keith Koenig, President of City Furniture; Terry Stiles, Chairman/CEO of Stiles Corporation; and Jon Ferrando, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Discovery and Science. To date, over $12.5 million has been raised in support of the project.

Since the “new” Museum of Discovery and Science opened in 1992, nearly 7 million people have been entertained and educated with interactive and immersive exhibits, engaging educational programs, larger-than-life films in the IMAX® Theater, and a live animal collection. The new EcoDiscovery Center wing will feature interactive exhibits with a special focus on the Everglades’ rich and fragile ecosystem and how global environmental change is affecting Florida, as well as an iconic indoor/outdoor fresh water otter habitat. Other highlights include a simulated airboat ride through the Everglades and a high wire gravity bicycle.  The expansion will also include laboratory/classrooms that will increase the Museum’s capacity for classes, camps, and school programs.

Construction of a new Visitor Pavilion will begin in January 2008, opening up the existing lobby area for programming. The popular “Discovery Center” children’s area will be expanded to make room for new interactive water play exhibits.

ABOUT JM FAMILY ENTERPRISES, INC.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JM Family) (www.jmfamily.com) is an $11.1 billion diversified automotive company ranked by Forbes as the 18th-largest privately held company in the U.S.  It is currently ranked by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, its ninth consecutive year on the list.  It has also appeared on the InformationWeek 500 list of leading technology innovators for five consecutive years [2007-2003].  The company’s primary subsidiaries and divisions include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles; World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; JM&A Group, one of the largest independent insurance and extended warranty groups of companies in the U.S; JM Service Center LLC, the company’s internal shared services center; JM Lexus, the largest volume Lexus dealership in the world; and JMsolutions, a dealer-focused technology products and services division.  Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo.

 



 



 

 
 






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