Fort Lauderdale, FL July 3, 2017 – The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) will host the PNC Bank Journey to the Amazon Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a formal Amazon themed evening complete with dining and dancing at the Museum located at 401 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale.
This year’s gala will honor Kim Cavendish, Museum President and CEO, with the Outstanding Service Award for 30 years of loyal service and outstanding accomplishments.
Cavendish has led museums since 1981 and, during that time, has served as the chief executive officer for Orlando Science Center, the Virginia Air and Space Center and the Museum of Discovery and Science, along with its forerunner, The Discovery Center. In total, she has contributed her brand of exemplary museum leadership to the museum industry for more than 36 years.
As the chief executive officer of the Museum of Discovery and Science, Kim Cavendish spearheaded its growth from its modest beginnings as “the Discovery Center” to its establishment as a major science center with a popular IMAX Theater, which opened in 1992. In 1995 she transitioned to the Virginia museum and in 2000 to Orlando. She returned to Fort Lauderdale as the President of MODS in 2002.
In 2011, she opened the EcoDiscovery Center, a two-story, 34,000-square-foot addition that effectively doubled the exhibit space of the Museum which was phase I of a $35 million capital project. The new EcoDiscovery Center achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED®) Silver certification. Currently, phase II of that project is well underway, including renovation of the AutoNation IMAX Theater (already completed), exhibit upgrades and renovations to the 25-year-old original facility that are currently under construction, and development of an outdoor Science Park facing Broward Boulevard.
This much anticipated event will host 600 guests who will experience an evening complete with high-energy cocktail reception, silent auction and glamorous dinner and wine pairing. Later in the evening, the crowd will dance the night away and compete for some luxurious live auction items.
Sponsors and benefactors are recognized at the exclusive Underwriters’ Party held prior to the event. Current sponsors include PNC Bank, American Express, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, City Furniture and Greenberg Traurig.
All proceeds will benefit programming at the Museum of Discovery and Science.
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