Monday, January 6, 2014


In preparation for its April 4th fundraiser, “The Tech Revolution: An Evening with Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak,” the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium hosted a special reception last week to honor event leadership and major donors at the newly opened space. Formerly named the South Florida Science Museum, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium recently underwent a $5 million renovation and expansion. With a mission statement to “open every mind to science,” the Science Center now features more than 50 interactive educational exhibits, an 8,000-gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- comprising a combination of local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, Science on a Sphere, a conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit.

During the evening, it was an opportunity for guests to take a gander at the celebrated Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, currently on view in the Center’s Quantum Hall of Exploration.  Gala sponsor Saks Palm Beach organized a fashion presentation, showcasing striking silhouettes evocative of the Titanic’s glory days. “It made perfect sense to host our season kick off in the Science Center’s beautiful new space,” said Gala 2014 chairwoman, Elizabeth Gordon. “Our guests were thrilled to see the expansion and tour the exciting Titanic exhibit. It is a new era for this wonderful institution, and Steve Wozniak will be the perfect speaker at our big event. We are excited to hear from a true visionary like Woz about how swiftly changing technology has affected our world and how it will have an impact on our future. ‘The Tech Revolution’ is timely and relevant to everyone, and to every age group.”

Alongside chairmen Elizabeth and Ben Gordon, leadership for the upcoming event comprises honorary chairmen Jeffrey and Frances Fisher, Matthew and Helene Lorentzen, and John and Heidi Niblack.  Host committee chairmen include Howard Cox, Stuart and Alison Haft, Heath and Karly Randolph, and Eric and Lucinda Stonestrom.  Chairing the event’s stewardship are Dale Hedrick and Harvey Oyer. Grand Benefactors are Mr. and Mrs. Lew Crampton, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lorentzen, and Mr. and Mrs. John Niblack. PNC Private Bank and Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach serve as the corporate sponsors.

Celebrated Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist, Steve Wozniak has been instrumental in reshaping the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products – the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. With Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc. in 1976. And the rest, we say, is history.  Currently a published author, the visionary also serves as chief scientist for Fusion-io.

Tickets for the Gala event are $650 per person and seating in The Breakers’ Venetian Ballroom is limited. The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open MondayFriday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  For more information on Science Center events, call 561-832-1988 or click here.


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