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November 03, 2012 - 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala

Where: Museum of Discovery & Science

When: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Beneficiary: Museum of Discovery & Science

Honoree(s): Keith and Doreen Koenig

Co-Chair(s): Tom Angelo of Angelo & Banta; Jon Ferrando of AutoNation; Tony Giordano of Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale; and, Jason Williams of Wells Fargo

President(s): Kim Cavendish

Welcome: Louis Aguirre, anchor of WSVN’s DECO DRIVE

Catering: Chef Angelo Elia of the exquisite Casa D’Angelo, in combination with A. Thierry’s Catering.

Entertainment: Greeted by “Marilyn Monroe”; Serenaded by the Atlantic City Boys

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR: Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale - MAJOR SPONSORS: Wells Fargo, Southern Wine & Spirits, Ashley Furniture, Ernst & Young, Holy Cross Hospital, AutoNation, Linda and Douglas Von Allmen, Christine and M. Austin Forman, Fisher & Phillips, BB&T and Greenberg Traurig - ADDITIONAL SPONSORS AND EVENT PARTNERS: Aaxon, Publix Supermarket, Florida Blue, R.I.C. Executive Search, Serta Mattresses, Coventry Healthcare, Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, Farlie & Turner, Carnival, Lochrie & Chakas, Sealy Inc., Sun-Sentinel, City & Shore Magazine, Edmunds.com and South Florida Business Journal - OFFICIAL PRINTER: MOR Printing - OFFICIAL AIRLINE: American Airlines - OFFICIAL HOTEL: Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale - VIP “Fifth Avenue” table sponsors: AutoNation; Akerman Senterfitt; Angelo & Banta; BBX Capital; BankUnited; Manny Kadre; Ronald Book; City Furniture; Ellis Diversified; Grant Thornton; Gunster; Republic Services; Roselli & Associates; Schlesinger Law; Stiles Corp.; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Richard Ivers, PA; KBLG; Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate; For Life Products; Weiner, Vollrath & Partners; Zimmerman Advertising - The “Madison Avenue” Table Sponsors: American Express; Berkowitz, Pollack & Brant; Centuric; City National Bank; Greenberg Traurig; Chase Bank; KPMG; Leo Goodwin Foundation; PNC Bank; Q-Med Corporation; RCP Investors; Sayfie Law; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson; Sun Trust Bank and TD Bank.

Auctioneer: Tony Giordano, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale

Event Coordinator: Ethel Lipoff

Blacktie Photos by: Submitted by: MODS

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2012 Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala breaks fundraising record for the Museum of Discovery and Science  

Gala honored Keith and Doreen Koenig for their service to the Museum and community -

 

Museum President and CEO, Kim Cavendish, announced that, “The Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012 was the Museum’s most successful gala in the event’s history and raised over $500,000 to benefit the Museum of Discovery and Science.” The celebration, which honored Keith and Doreen Koenig for their decades of outstanding generosity and service to the Museum and to the community, was also a testament to the community’s appreciation and support for the Museum.
 
Following the lead of honorees Mr. and Mrs. Koenig, the event’s co-chairs Tom Angelo of Angelo & Banta; Jon Ferrando of AutoNation; Tony Giordano of Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale; and Jason Williams of Wells Fargo rallied a distinguished list of business and community leaders who were happy to show their support for the Museum. Through underwriting, sponsorships and attendance, the 2012 MAD for MODS Gala was definitely south Florida’s “must attend” event. Jon Ferrando, the Museum’s Chairman of the Board said, “Our goal was to smash the record for net proceeds raised for the Museum at a gala, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees and my fellow co-chairs, I am very proud we accomplished that and made this the most financially successful Gala in the history of the Museum.”
      
The MAD for MODS theme was chosen to reflect the popular television series, Mad Men, and the Gala celebrated the good times in South Florida, circa 1960. The festivities began at 6:00 p.m. with the Wells Fargo Cocktail Reception in the new EcoDiscovery Center and included luscious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar generously provided by Southern Wine & Spirits. The reception was accompanied by a unique and impressive Silent Auction, including a Wine Cellar Auction, which was a unique addition to the event.

After cocktails, guests entered a specially-designed tent and were greeted by “Marilyn Monroe” before being serenaded by the Atlantic City Boys and welcomed by Louis Aguirre, anchor of WSVN’s DECO DRIVE. Awaiting them was an over-the-top dining experience specifically designed by Fort Lauderdale’s own, Chef Angelo Elia of the exquisite Casa D’Angelo, in combination with A. Thierry’s Catering.

A live auction before dessert was held by Guest Auctioneer Tony Giordano, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale, where guests bid on prizes of ultimate luxury including a Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet a magnificent private estate in Staniel Cay, Bahamas, a week at Canyon Ranch and more. Throughout the evening, surprises delighted guests and transported them back to the cool elegance and fun times of the early ‘60s. Lastly, an overflowing dance floor capped off the evening. More than 650 guests attended, representing over 50 of the leading South Florida corporations, foundations and individual Museum supporters. 

Board of Trustees member and Gala Co-Chair Tom Angelo added his comments, “We are absolutely thrilled to have had a Sold-Out event that raised over $500,000 to benefit the Museum on an evening where we honored Keith and Doreen Koenig.  This was a record evening for us and we look forward to doing it again next year.”

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.

The dinner and dancing portion of the gala was held in a tent in the Museum’s backyard, site of the future MODS Science Park. Scheduled to open in 2015, 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.
 
The presenting sponsor is Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale. Major sponsors include: Wells Fargo, Southern Wine & Spirits, Ashley Furniture, Ernst & Young, Holy Cross Hospital, AutoNation, Linda and Douglas Von Allmen, Christine and M. Austin Forman, Fisher & Phillips, BB&T and Greenberg Traurig. Additional sponsors and event partners include Aaxon, Publix Supermarket, Florida Blue, R.I.C. Executive Search, Serta Mattresses, Coventry Healthcare, Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, Farlie & Turner, Carnival, Lochrie & Chakas, Sealy Inc., Sun-Sentinel, City & Shore Magazine, Edmunds.com and South Florida Business Journal. MOR Printing is the official printer, American Airlines is the official airline and Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is the official hotel of the Gala.

VIP “Fifth Avenue” table sponsors are AutoNation; Akerman Senterfitt; Angelo & Banta; BBX Capital; BankUnited; Manny Kadre; Ronald Book; City Furniture; Ellis Diversified; Grant Thornton; Gunster; Republic Services; Roselli & Associates; Schlesinger Law; Stiles Corp.; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Richard Ivers, PA; KBLG; Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate; For Life Products; Weiner, Vollrath & Partners; Zimmerman Advertising.  The “Madison Avenue” table sponsors are American Express; Berkowitz, Pollack & Brant; Centuric; City National Bank; Greenberg Traurig; Chase Bank; KPMG; Leo Goodwin Foundation; PNC Bank; Q-Med Corporation; RCP Investors; Sayfie Law; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson; Sun Trust Bank and TD Bank.
 
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
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: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel, Patriot National Insurance Group 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 $19 for adults; $18 for seniors; $15 for 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 located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org
   

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