California Science Center Presents 16th Annual Discovery Ball Amidst the
Splendor and Elegance of Pompeii: The Exhibition
LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, May, 16, 2014,
more than 750 guests attended the California Science Center's 16th Annual
Discovery Ball. As part of the festivities, guests experienced an ancient
city at the height of the Roman Empire as they previewed the west coast
premiere of Pompeii: The Exhibition. From the Science Center, guests were
transported by "chariot" to the peristyle of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
where they were treated to an al fresco, Romanesque feast. While dining they
were entertained by a harpist and pan flautist, followed by a parade of
gladiators who lit the historic Olympic torch.
Gala co-chairs Robert S. Carter, Senior Vice President – Automotive Operations
of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., and Anne Shen Smith, past Chairman and CEO of
Southern California Gas Company, preside over the California Science Center’s
2014 Discovery Ball program during the gala’s Romanesque feast at the Los
Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s peristyle.
The annual black-tie gala, a premier philanthropic event in Los Angeles,
raised more than $1.35 million to benefit the California Science Center
Foundation through table sponsorships, a live auction conducted by NBC4
weathercaster Fritz Coleman, and a raffle for a Lexus RC F performance coupe.
Science Center President, Jeffrey Rudolph noted that, "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: Congresswoman Maxine
Waters; California State Controller John Chiang; California State Senator
Holly Mitchell; Assemblyman Reggie Jones Sawyer; Assemblyman Richard Bloom;
and Assemblyman Steve Bradford; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark
Ridley-Thomas; Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson; Los Angeles
City Councilman Curren Price; former astronaut John D. Olivas; and celebrities
Debbie Allen and her husband, former NBA star Norm Nixon.
Gala co-chairs Anne Shen Smith, past Chairman and CEO of Southern California
Gas Company and Robert S. Carter, Senior Vice President – Automotive
Operations of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. presided over the program.
A cocktail reception early in the evening evoked a lush Pompeii villa garden.
Another highlight of the gala was the transformation of the Samuel Oschin
Pavilion into an out-of-this-world night club with Space Shuttle Endeavour as
the centerpiece. Guests also enjoyed a private screening of the IMAX film
"Forces of Nature."
Top donors to the Discovery Ball were Wells Fargo and Toyota Motor Sales
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 and has welcomed
over 25 million guests since its grand opening in February of 1998.
California Science Center Foundation
California Science Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rudolph, California
Science Center Foundation Trustee Paula Madison, and NBC4 weathercaster and
auctioneer for the gala Fritz Coleman enjoy the 16th annual Discovery Ball,
which raised more than $1.35 million to benefit the California Science Center
Foundation. As part of the festivities, guests previewed ''Pompeii: The
Exhibition'' which opened on Tuesday, May 20th.
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SOURCE California Science Center
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