Title: Rochester Museum & Science Center Showcases Science Excitement with Signature Event: INNOVATION CELEBRATION November 1
Date/Time: 5:30pm on Friday, November 1, 2013
Location: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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Media Contact: Debra Jacobson, Director of Marketing and Community Affairs
Rochester Museum & Science Center Showcases Science Excitement with
Signature Event: INNOVATION CELEBRATION November 1
ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) will host its Signature Event; this year entitled INNOVATION CELEBRATION taking place on Friday, November 1. Community members are invited to sponsor the event or purchase tickets to join members, donors and staff for a fundraising event that will showcase the exciting side of science and innovation. The event begins at 5:30pm.
At this explosive evening event, attendees will immerse themselves in the novelty of science, network with fellow RMSC supporters and get hands-on with the Museum's 200 interactive exhibits. Throughout the evening, RMSC experts will perform spectacular experiments—some involving fire. Attendees will enjoy an open bar with "Signature" drinks, food stations and hors d'oeuvres. Also, entertainers including PUSH Physical Theater, a gravity-defying and dance-infused acrobatics performance, and Svet Radoslov, a hip-hop violinist who made his debut on NBC's America's Got Talent, will perform throughout the evening while roaming among the crowd. Anomaly, including local BIODANCE and Sound Exchange members, will perform in the Strasenburgh Planetarium. Silent and live auction items include a Lamar Advertising billboard, diamond earrings and a weekend stay on Keuka Lake, among other valuable items and experiences.
Each year at the Signature Event, the RMSC plans to hold a "cash call" to raise funds for an iconic science object. Funds raised at the "Big Bang" gala last year made Electricity Theater possible. A powerful live science performance, Electricity Theater features twin Tesla coils that zap lightning set to music. Attendees at INNOVATION CELEBRATION will enjoy these shows throughout the evening. Also at this year's event, the RMSC hopes to raise funds for "Science on a Sphere"—a giant, luminous globe that presents high-resolution video of Earth systems including atmospheric storms, climate change and ocean temperature. A powerful and educational piece, "Science on a Sphere" would help put the RMSC on the map.
"This 'positively seismic' event full of experiments, dance and science celebrates the innovative minds that have made our area flourish. That same innovative spirit can be ignited today in our community's youth, right here at the RMSC," said Kate Bennett, president, RMSC. "We are excited to host our Signature Event in support of the intriguing hands-on experiences we provide our community as well as opportunities we will offer in the future."
Support for INNOVATION CELEBRATION will help the RMSC continue to be the community's science museum by engaging families, friends and groups in serious fun, and serving as a resource for informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The RMSC invests in youth by inspiring interest in STEM through hands-on experiences, spectacular science experiments, explosions and theatrical performances, a preschool, science day camps and 1.2 million collection items that tell the story of Rochester's innovative past. Support also allows the RMSC to be a great service to the community by subsidizing admission and transportation costs, making it possible for nearly 20,000 underserved children, families and school groups to visit.
Expanding on the plans revealed at the "Big Bang" gala last year, the RMSC will share more details on its strategic focuses. Attendees will spend much of the event in a tremendous tent connecting the Museum and Strasenburgh Planetarium, which will serve as a representation of the RMSC's future look when its gateway building is complete. The RMSC will also showcase ways it plans to continue growing the institution as a local treasure and regional destination.
"We thank our members, donors and staff for their unwavering support, which helps the RMSC hold strong as one of the top three attractions in Monroe County," added Bennett.
The chairs of INNOVATION CELEBRATION are Rebecca and Andrew Hoyen. Honorary co-chairs include Laurie and Andrew J. Meloni as well as Eileen and Vic Salerno. Andrew Hoyen, Andrew J. Meloni and Vic Salerno are all current members of the RMSC Board of Trustees.
Tickets for the event are $200 per person and can be purchased by contacting Lili Becktell at 585.697.1973, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.rmsc.org. Valet parking is available. Cocktail attire is suggested.
The RMSC will host its Signature Event each year. The fundraising event themes will change yearly and support the RMSC mission.
Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester's past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit www.rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.