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
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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