The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere at Hilton Miami Downtown, hoping that next year gala will be hosted at new museums facility. Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for and highlight the development of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a world-class, state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. All proceeds from both events directly benefit the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and its programs.
Emceed by Chief Meteorologist John Morales of NBC 6 South Florida, the now famously dynamic evening celebrating science played on the elements of light and water, with exciting technology and innovative features, including a water and light graffiti interactive experience by French artist Antonin Fourneau. The evening started with a cocktail reception featuring live animals and an auction, followed by dining, dancing and entertainment featuring special performance by Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist Debi Nova.
The evening was hosted by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, under the leadership of a Gala Committee comprised of community activists and philanthropists. Gala Co-Chairs this year were Shelly & Marko Dimitrijevic and Jennifer & Gabriel Montoya. The Honorary Chair were the Hector Family; Philanthropic Chairs were Trish & Dan Bell; Host Chairs were Alicia Cervera Lamadrid & Alberto Lamadrid and Presenting Chairs were: Chanin & Adam Carlin, Jacqueline Simkin and Barbara & Michael Weintraub.
During the Gala, the Museum honored individuals and organizations to acknowledge those who have exhibited exceptional leadership and commitment to the development and building of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science: The Visionary Award was presented to The Batchelor Foundation, Founder George E. Batchelor; the Vanguard Award was presented to Baptist Health South Florida; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science award was presented to Julia Rea Bianchi.