"Galactic Gala" At the California Science Center Breaks Fundraising Records

 "Galactic Gala" At the California Science Center Breaks Fundraising Records

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On Saturday, March 9,
2013 at the California Science Center's 15^th annual Discovery Ball, nearly
850 guests celebrated "Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future". As part
of the festivities, guests previewed "Mission 26: The Big Endeavour" a
photographic exhibition which opened on Monday, March 11, and dined under the
wings of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

The annual black-tie gala, a philanthropic event, raised more than $1.5
million to benefit the California Science Center Foundation through table
sponsorships, a live auction conducted by KTLA Morning News Co-anchor Chris
Schauble, and a raffle for a 2013 Lexus GS 450h. Science Center President,
Jeffrey Rudolph notes that, "The proceeds from this fundraiser enable us to
continue providing exceptional science learning and education opportunities
for our community."

The Science Center's annual gala has been recognized as a "virtual who's who
of the Los Angeles business community" by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Among the gala guests were community and business leaders as well as elected
officials at local, state and federal levels including: California Congressman
Dana Rohrbacher; California State Controller John Chiang; California State
Senator Rod Wright; California Assembly Members Richard Bloom, Steve Bradford
and Reggie Jones-Sawyer; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; former
astronauts Daniel Olivas and Garrett Reisman; and celebrities Debbie Allen and
June Lockhart.

The evening's honorary chair, Lynda Oschin of the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin
Family Foundation, was a featured speaker and gala co-chairs Raul A. Anaya,
Bank of America and Michelle C. Kerrick, Deloitte & Touch LLP presided over
the evening program.

A highlight of the program was when James E. Lentz, president and CEO of
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A, Inc. presented the Science Center Foundation with
keys to the Toyota Tundra that pulled Endeavour over the 405 freeway bridge on
its journey to the Science Center in October 2012. It will be on display in
the Science Center parking lot as an exhibit where guests can lift the truck
by using a giant lever.

The evening check-in and reception served as the beginning of a virtual
time-line where guests experienced an ambiance reminiscent of the year 1961, a
time that reflects America's newfound fascination with space travel. After the
dinner program, which took place in the present, guests were visually
transported to the year 2099 where they enjoyed a "Tron" inspired, futuristic
nightclub.

Top donors to the Discovery Ball included: the Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin
Family Foundation, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

Located just south of downtown Los Angeles in Exposition Park, the California
Science Center is one of Southern California's premier family destinations.
The Science Center's mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science
learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences. The California
Science Center has welcomed more than 1 million guests since Space Shuttle
Endeavour was installed in its Samuel Oschin Pavilion on Oct. 30, 2012. This
number, achieved in four months, is remarkable since the Science Center's
yearly attendance is about 1.6 million visitors.

Media contact:
Shell Amega
California Science Center Foundation
888-690-6669
samega@cscmail.org

SOURCE California Science Center Foundation