Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Raises over $1.2 Million

at A Celebration of Science Grand Opening Event

Patricia and Dr. Phillip Frost

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and its Board of Trustees celebrated its grand opening event and fundraiser, A Celebration of Science, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, raising over $1.2 million in support of the museum’s exhibitions and programs.

The sold-out fundraiser brought together over 750 notable guests commemorating the opening of the new, state-of-the-art campus in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park and honored South Florida’s only planetarium, aquarium and science museum.

The celebration kicked off in the museum’s Aquarium with live music by the Frost School of Music, curated by Shelton Glen “Shelly” Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music, and creative libations provided by Castle Brands. After exploring the three-level Aquarium, guests made their way to the Baptist Health South Florida Gallery for welcome remarks by Frost Science President, Frank Steslow; Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost; Frost Science Board Chairman, Cesar L. Alvarez; and Smithsonian Institution Acting Provost & Under Secretary for Museums and Research, Dr. Richard Kurin. The evening continued with an elegant dinner reception, held in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery and the Frost Planetarium.

Notable attendees included Ambassador Steven Green; Jose Javier Rodriguez, Senator, State of Florida; David Richardson, Representative, District 113, State of Florida; Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Moise; Alberto Ibarguen, CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Dr. Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami; Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston; Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Jonathan Newby, Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer of the UK based Science Museum Group; and Dr. Charles Alcock, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

A Celebration of Science was made possible by the following donors and supporters: Castle Brands, Cesar L. Alvarez-Greenburg Traurig LLP; George and Lydia Weiss; MBF Healthcare Partners; Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen; Akerman LLP; Barry and Renee Honig Charitable Foundation, Inc; Cogint; Deutsche Bank; Dr. and Mrs. Phillip George; HEICO Corporation and The Mendelson Family; Hill International, Inc; J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Joseph L. Falk, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc; MEDNAX Health Solutions Partner; MBAF; Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC; Northern Trust; OPKO Health, Inc; Paul and Swanee DiMare; Skanska; Vector Group, Ltd; Watsco, Inc; AvMed; Bank of America; BankUnited; Baptist Health South Florida; Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants; Betty Madigan Brandt; Deloitte; Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Dr. Stephen and Machi Liu Family Foundation; EY; Florida Atlantic Securities; Florida Blue; Fred Hassan; Grimshaw Archtiects LLP; Grove Bank & Trust; The Halpryn Family Foundation; Holland & Knight; Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz; John & Tarra Stetson Charitable Foundation, Inc; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Kadre Family; Kaufman Rossin; Matthew Gorson – Greenburg Traurig LLP; MDW Insurance Group; Medina Family Foundation; Mount Sinai Medical Center; University of Miami.

Photos by World Red Eye