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February 07, 2012 - Musum of Discovery & Science @ the Pier Top

Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

When: February 7, 2012

Beneficiary: Museum of Discovery & Science

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Cavendish

President(s): Kim Cavendish

Blacktie Photos by: SUBMITTED by Melissa Korman

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Museum of Discovery and Science Leonardo da Vinci Society (LDVS) members and auxiliary Friends of MODS supporters gathered on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Pier Top at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66.  Attendees enjoyed a spectacular sunset with 360 degree panoramic views at Pier Top, located on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 resort, while being introduced to the Museum’s Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program.  Almost 150 community leaders learned about some of the important educational programs the Museum provides the community.
In welcoming remarks, Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish remarked that although most people attending would already be aware of the new EcoDiscovery Center wing that recently opened at the museum, they might not be aware of the museum’s long history of providing special programs and internships for underserved populations. The museum’s Opportunity Fund provides support for visits and programs provided to those who can’t otherwise afford to attend, and mentorship and paid internship programs have been provided for many years for both high school and older youth. She introduced Joe Cytacki, VP of Exhibits, Programs and Life Sciences, who elaborated on the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program and introduced some of the interns currently working at the museum.   
The unique TIL program offers young adults who have aged out of the foster care system the opportunity for a paid internship at the Museum where they are given the skills and direction to live on their own. Museum supporters were thrilled to learn about the program and meet with TIL participants, who provided science demonstrations throughout the evening. The event was designed to allow guests to see firsthand how their support helps create and sustain valuable programs that impact our community.  
Cavendish expressed her delight regarding the success of the program saying, “The TIL program is possible because of generous supporters - the Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant Fund and the Jim Moran Foundation. We are very proud of the interns and pleased that four graduates are now employed at the Museum.”  
Jon Ferrando, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, was on hand to thank the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 for hosting and sponsoring the evening.  Event guests enjoyed a fabulous night out at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 as they savored delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying a fashion show with styles from Dillard’s Galleria. Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed make-up demonstrations by Diana Chibas, from Sue Devitt Beauty, as well as science demonstrations by program participants.

Friends of MODS, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is an Auxiliary organization formed by a group of community minded, fun-loving women. The mission of Friends of MODS is to provide the Museum of Discovery and Science with financial support, volunteer service and community awareness. We encourage members to take a hands-on role in the Museum through participation in fund raising events, volunteer opportunities and by serving as goodwill ambassadors throughout the community. For more information about Friends of MODS, please contact Janet Buhl 954.328.1337
The Leonardo da Vinci Society (LDVS), sponsored by Gibraltar Private Bank, is an individual giving society established by the Museum of Discovery and Science in 1993.  It is the Museum’s prestigious group of individual donors whose involvement reflects a shared belief in the importance of science education.  The members of this special group of donors play a vital role in the life of the Museum by serving as unofficial ambassadors with the expanded knowledge gained through behind-the-scenes tours, special lectures and events. For more information contact Tara McDonnell 954.712.1172
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 annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Broward Health, Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.
The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. General Admission prices are $18 adults; $17 seniors; $14 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one 45-minute IMAX film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at



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