On Wednesday, April 23, over 100 guests gathered at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for “All About Venus,” a celebration in honor of the museum’s Venus Orbit women’s initiative, hosted by Venus Orbit Chair and Trustee Julia Rea Bianchi.
Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, including the “Orbit-tini,” the signature purple libation of the night, before making their way into the planetarium for the main program. Julia then awarded Crystal Stars to the Venus Orbit galactic team captains who had fulfilled their “Orbit” by making a minimum donation of $1,000 and recruiting nine additional members to join the Venus Orbit initiative. Crystal Star recipients included museum board Co-chair Trish Bell, board member Taffy Gould, Maria Schwedel, Julee Akselrad, Barbara Goldin and Liz Hogan.
A special honor was bestowed upon Julia for her creation of, and dedication to, Venus Orbit. Julia received a personalized construction hat in purple, the Venus Orbit signature color, to be worn when she is at the construction site of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Following the ceremony, the group was treated to an engaging demonstration by a member of the planetarium team, Claudia Hernandez, who showed the audience how to find Venus in the Miami sky before taking them on a virtual voyage to Venus utilizing the planetarium’s technology. Afterward, Caroline Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor at Florida International University, shared a presentation about historical women in astronomy, including an anecdote about the beauty of Venus in the night sky being her personal inspiration for becoming an astronomer.
Additional notable attendees included Honorary Chair and Trustee Swanee DiMare and Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science President & CEO Gillian Thomas.
Venus Orbit is an initiative to bring together 1,000 “out-of-this-world” women to donate $1,000 each in support of the construction of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s new state of the art planetarium, currently under construction in downtown Miami at Museum Park. The group will collectively raise $1 million dollars to be matched by a Knight Foundation 1:2 Challenge Grant, for a total of $1.5 million dollars. For more information on Venus Orbit and to learn more about joining, please visit www.miamisci.org/venus or call Edson Pires at 305.646.4224.
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Venus Orbit, is well on its way to achieving its $1 million fundraising goal. The group has eclipsed the $200,000 mark in its first three months and celebrated during a special reception on Wednesday January 22, 2014 hosted by Paula Brockway at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables. CBS4 anchor Cynthia Demos served as emcee.
The Museum’s Twelfth Anniversary Gala will create an unforgettable evening designed to usher guests into the future to experience the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The opening date for this 250,000 SF, with a state of the art aquarium and the world’s first gulfstream tank will be announced at the Gala.
Venus Orbit Members attending the Gala will have a VIP check in, complimentary valet and champagne service at check in along with a welcome bottle of champagne at your table.
December 2, 2013, Fine-Line Furniture & Accessories hosted an Open House and offered a brilliant constellation of holiday gifts and style all guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, beverages and 15% discount on all sales the day of the event.
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Neiman Marcus launch event October 17, 2013
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