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Museum of Discovery and Science and the
Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund are proud to announce that the Mercedes-Benz of
Fort Lauderdale The Sky’s The Limit Gala on Saturday, November 18, 2006 is SOLD OUT.

November 6, 2006, Ft. Lauderdale – The Museum of Discovery and Science is Proud to announce that it has sold out the—Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale The Sky’s The Limit Gala—hosted by S.P.A.R.K., on November 18, 2006. Museum chairman, Thomas P. Angelo, said "The gala’s success is due to the incredible leadership committed to making this year the best event ever! Thank you to Gala Co-Chairs Jim Ellis, Jon & Katy Ferrando, Jorge & Melinda Gonzalez, Keith & Doreen Koenig, and John Magee for agreeing to chair the event and a special thank you to Cecily Conklin, Peggy Marker, and Lisa Zwick for chairing the Gala Committee."

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.

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. The new addition was made possible by a generous gift from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust. Trustees of the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust will be honored for their dedication to the world of aviation and their incredible support of the Museum on the night of the gala.

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 (provided by Martin and Nicole Hanaka); and a VIP Go Gators! Package for four on a private jet to the TN or FSU game in 2007 (provided by Keith and Doreen Koenig).

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. Please call 954-713-0911 for more information.

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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