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Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala

Mercedes Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala: The SequelSaturday, November 16, 6pm – Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale

Museum President and CEO, Kim Cavendish, MAD for MODS Gala raised nearly $400,000 to benefit the MODS. Over 600 guests were in attendance representing over 50 of the leading South Florida corporations, foundations and individual Museum supporters. Trading on the success of last year’s MAD for MODS theme, the MAD for MODS Gala: the Sequel theme was chosen to reflect the popular television series, Mad Men, and the Gala celebrated the good times in South Florida, circa 1960. Guests ventured back to the chic styles of that time for an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

The festivities began at 6:00 p.m. with the Wells Fargo Cocktail Reception that included luscious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar generously provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, which was accompanied by a unique and impressive Silent Auction. After cocktails, WSVN’s Chief Meteorologist, Phil Ferro, welcomed more than 600 guests to an elegant wine pairing dinner held in a tent beautifully decorated to reflect the period with logos floating across the New York City skyline pulled by Pan Am jets.

A brief live auction followed, allowing bidders to vie for prizes of ultimate luxury including a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Cabriolet L.C., a seven-night stay in a lifestyle suite at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, a long weekend on a 100’ private yacht, a Seabourn Cruise, a trip to the Galapagos, and an exclusive party at a waterfront estate. Exciting surprises included “Pan-Am” stewardesses interacting with guests, and a special performance by “Elvis,” which gave guests an unforgettable early “60s” experience. Finally, partygoers grooved at a rockin’ dance party that capped off the evening.

The dinner and dancing portion of the gala was held in a tent set up in the Museum’s future Science Park. The approximately 30,000-square-foot Science Park facing Broward Boulevard will complete the Museum’s second and final phase of expansion that began with the EcoDiscovery Center opening in November of 2011. This new phase will also include some essential capital renovations to the current 20-year-old building as well as a digital upgrade of the AutoNation® IMAX Theater.

All proceeds benefit the Museum of Discovery and Science. Since 1977, the Museum of Discovery and Science has been a vital educational resource for the South Florida community. Through hands-on exhibits, engaging educational programs, films and a live animal collection, the Museum serves over 450,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County.

Pictures by: Jonele Neaves