The Miami Science Museum, the soon to be open Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science hosted its stellar 12thÂ Annual Galaxy Gala,Â showcasing the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, opening on the waterfront in downtown Miamiâ€™s Museum Park.Â Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for and highlight the development of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
This world-class, state-of-the-art facility will have a state of the art aquarium and the worldâ€™s first gulfstream tank to serve over 50,000 children each year. There will be Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center as one of the only rehabilitation centers in Florida that rehabilitates injured birds of prey, with a remarkable release rate of 40%-50% returned to their habitat and a Planetarium has hosted more than 10 million visitors since 1966. Miami Science Museum extends its educational reach through the creation, design and production of its own traveling exhibitions. The most recent Amazon Voyage has now traveled the country and reached one million visitors.
The now famously fun evening celebrating science was held at the JW Marriott Marquis began with a cocktail reception featuring live animals and an auction in a tropical environment with lush greenery and palms trees. There were interactive screens to preview some of the new technology the museum will have. The dining experience transported the guests into a winter wonderland, featuring LED icicles and snow flakes floating around. There was yummy food, dancing and entertainment.
The evening is presented by Miami Science Museumâ€™s Board of Trustees with the leadership of a Gala Committee comprised of community activists and philanthropists. Gala co-chairs for the fourth consecutive year are Nancy & Jonathan Batchelor and Nicole & Edgar Lozano. Philanthropic Chairs are Trish & Dan Bell and Host Chairs are Alicia Cervera LaMadrid & Alberto LaMadrid. Among those in the crowd Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos GimÃ©nez, and Miami-DadeÂ Superintendent AlbertoÂ Carvalho.Â The gala will raise over $450,000 thanks to numerous sponsors who provided products, services or cash support and over 60 volunteers donated hours of their time to assist in the production of the event.