Over $200,000 raised at Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration 3/13/15


The Museum of Discovery and Science hosted its 20th Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, March 13, 2015. This amazing event showcased a sequence of wine and spirits and included culinary samples, which delighted and educated guests and their palates. The 2015 Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration attracted 1500 guests and raised over $200,000. All proceeds benefitted the Museum’s exhibits, films, education, conservation, and outreach programs.

Bank of America has sponsored the event for all 20 years, including 18 years at the Presenting level. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science including support of this event which we have seen grow and evolve over the years,” said Lori Chevy, Bank of America market president for Broward County. “The Museum is an important economic engine in our community and we are pleased to contribute to its impact.”

This year’s co-chairs, John Magee, Anthony Bland and Michelle Cibene topped last year’s guest experience by incorporating some new elements. Event highlights included tastings from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There was also an assortment of craft beers to taste an amazing silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.

The evening began with an exclusive reception in the Harry T Mangurian Jr. Foundation and Zimmerman Advertising Platinum Terrace that overlooked the New River. Platinum guests enjoyed premium cuisine provided by restaurant partners The Capital Grille, Publix Aprons and Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The Platinum experience also included complimentary valet, access to the City Furniture Platinum Lounge featuring Apeiro Kitchen & Bar from Delray Beach and early access to the Grand Tasting.

The Grand Tasting started at 6:30 p.m. and featured over 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and a sampling of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This was followed by the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort After-Party Lounge where all guests continued to enjoy the evening in the MODS atrium and danced to live band, Face2Face under the stars.

Guests were encouraged to share in excitement of the event through social media by posting pictures of the event on Museum of Discovery and Science Facebook Page and Tweeting @IMAXSOFL and #MODSWine, and uploading photos to our Instagram page at: m0ds. .

Sponsors and benefactors were recognized at the exclusive Underwriters’ Party on February 17th, 2015 hosted by Beauty and the Feast at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

Guests voted for their favorite restaurants for the honor of: “Peoples’ Choice Award”. This year’s Peoples’ Choice Award” 2015 winner was Yolo Restaurant. The runner-up title went to Shooters Waterfront and   third place winner was Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets.   The Divine Dine Design awards for best décor went to Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge, with second place going to Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets and third place to Truluck’s.
One of the distinguishing features of the Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration is the quality of the restaurants. This year’s list included the following: 3030 Ocean, A Thierry’s Catering and Event Design, Adena Grill & Wine Bar, Apeiro, Beauty & The Feast, Bravo Ristorante Italiano, Cafe ala Carte, Crepemaker, Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge, Events By Grateful Palate, Fork and Balls Restaurant, Gino’s Italian Market & Bakery, Grille 401, Himmarshee Public House, Hoffman’s Chocolate, Keurig, Kitchen 305, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Mai Kai, Publix Aprons Cooking School, ROK:BRGR, S3 Restaurant, Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar, Sky Thai Sushi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Shooters Waterfront Cafe, Steak 954, Sweet Nectar, TacoCraft, The Capital Grille, The Chimney House, Timpanos, Truluck’s, Yum Kettle Corn, Yolo Restaurant and Whole Foods.

Major sponsors of the 20th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America; Southern Wine & Spirits; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Zimmerman Advertising, City Furniture, Harry T Mangurian, Jr. Foundation and Velocity Solutions.

Other sponsors include, ADT, BB&T, Centuric, Moss Foundation, M. Austin & Christine Forman, Republic Services, AutoNation, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Ellis Diversified, Gray Robinson, Grant Thornton LLP, Greenberg Traurig, KPMG, Steven & Rebecca Stoll, Stiles Corporation, Sun Trust Bank, NA, TD Bank, UBS, W. Mack and Associates, Wells Fargo, Advanced Roofing, American Express, Angelo & Banta P.A., Audi Coral Springs, BankUnited, Cherry Bekaert, L.L.P, City National Bank, Coral Ridge Country Club, Cundy, Ernst and Young, Farlie & Turner, Iberia Wealth Advisors, Phi Delta Theta, WSVN, Yellow Cab Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Print Dynamics, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Paramount Refreshment Solutions, JP Morgan Chase, Scott Barr DDS, Tidal Waters Properties, and radio partners are HITS 97-3, EASY 93.1 HOT 105.


Museum’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents Ocean Discovery on April 16, 2015


The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Leonardo da Vinci Society presents: Ocean Discovery in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, on Thursday, April 26, 2015 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Museum of Discovery and Science.  Guests will enjoy cocktails, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

The evening will begin with a welcome reception and Conservation Village at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation on Ocean Research and Ways to Conserve Our Oceans and The Species Therein at 7 p.m. by Antonio Fins, Executive Director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The presentation will be followed by a screening of the MacGillivray Freeman film, Humpack Whales, in the Museum’s Keller Science Theater.

Antonio Fins stated, “The decisions we make, however seemingly small, can have a huge, positive impact on our blue planet”.  Conservation Village partners include Florida Fishing Academy, Shark One, Mahogany Youth – Youth, Ladies Let’s Go Fishing , Seakeepers International and  Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP).

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation provides marine science education materials and presentations to schools and community groups all around the world. Guy’s artwork and research expeditions provide the backdrop for entertaining and educational curriculum for any grade or age level. From ­fish identi­fication posters to sustainable seafood guides and from ­films documenting Guy’s research to interactive online presentations with shark researchers, the

GHOF brings the underwater world to students young and old to communities around the world.

About Antonio Fins

Antonio Fins is the executive director of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.  The foundation was created four years ago by famed marine scientist and artist Guy Harvey. The organization supports improved marine fisheries and ocean conservation. Antonio’s role is to lead advocacy, education and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the Guy Harvey team, Antonio was the editorial page editor at the Sun Sentinel newspaper. He directed the newspaper’s editorial board and oversaw its newsprint and online editions. Antonio’s 15-year career at the Sun Sentinel began in 1997 as a senior business writer. He got his start in journalism as a correspondent for Business Week magazine. Antonio received his bachelor degree in journalism and political science from the University of Miami. He was awarded a PhD. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Leonardo Da Vinci Society

The Leonardo da Vinci Society (LDVS) is an individual giving society established by the Museum of Discovery and Science in 1993.  It is the Museum’s prestigious group of individual donors whose involvement reflects a shared belief in the importance of science education.  The members of this special group of donors play a vital role in the life of the Museum by serving as unofficial ambassadors with the expanded knowledge gained through behind-the-scenes tours, special lectures and events. For more information contact Robyn Harper 954.713-0906 rharper@mods.net

About the Museum of Discovery and Science

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: Broward Health, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun Sentinel and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. Exhibit Admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 seniors; $12 children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org

Sesame Street Presents The Body Exhibit Opens May 22, 2015


Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?  It’s easy! Simply visit Sesame Street Presents: The Body – at Museum of Discovery and Science from May 22 through September 8, 2015.

 Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an interactive exhibition all about you! The concept is a result of Sesame Workshop’s initiative, Healthy Habits for Life, created in response to the current childhood obesity crisis in the United States.  Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and Thinkwell Design & Production of Burbank, CA created this interactive experience that is locally sponsored by PNC Bank.  Sesame Street Presents: The Body teaches families about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially at an early age.

Sesame Workshop launched the Healthy Habits for Life initiative in May 2004, on Capitol Hill, to harness the power of Sesame Street to guide children and their caregivers through lessons related to healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, and other healthy habits such as hygiene and rest.  Featuring a coalition of partners and an advisory board of health, nutrition, fitness and education experts, the program was created to develop and distribute multiple-media, age-appropriate content.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body offers an engaging, free-flowing learning experience set in the fun, familiar and reassuring world of Sesame Street.  The loveable Sesame Street Muppets anchor an exciting collection of hands-on, interactive multimedia experiences that allow children to explore the human body and how to keep it healthy.  Each exhibit area has multiple activities to provide age-appropriate and exciting learning opportunities for children at a variety of developmental levels.  The exhibition emphasizes scientific investigation and developmental and curriculum-based learning goals for children ranging from two to eight years old.  These learning goals tie into the National Science Education Standards, the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life Curriculum.

“Each component of Sesame Street Presents: The Body is geared toward children’s natural excitement about learning,” added Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President, Education and Research, Sesame Workshop. “We believe that children learn best through active participation and self-discovery. The interactive exhibit features a wide range of opportunities for children to observe, investigate, experiment and talk about what they are learning with their parent or caregiver. Thinkwell has done a superb job of incorporating our content and characters with their design.”

Sesame Street Presents: The Body is an amazing educational attraction,” says Joe Zenas, Principal of Thinkwell Design and Production.  “It is a hands-on, interactive learning experience that uses Sesame Street and its incredible cast of characters to deliver real science and education in wildly kinetic, imaginative and unforgettable ways.”

 Sesame Street Presents: The Body features three different education zones related to the human body:

1.   Your Insides – “Your Insides” is an exploration of what goes on inside the body. Activities include the “Count’s Organ Organ,” which musically teaches kids about their internal organs’ locations and functions; “Digestion with Oscar,” a display that shows kids what happens to food when they eat it; and ”Oscar’s Sneeze Machine,” where children pull a lever to irritate a big nose that actually sneezes on them!

2. Your Outsides – Children learn to identify different body parts, learn what they do, and explore the many ways they can put them to use. Exhibits include “Your Wonderful Hands,” featuring puzzles, sign language games, shadow puppets and more; “Your Legs and Feet,” an interactive exhibit that shows what happens when you put your legs in motion, and “Your Amazing Body,” an interactive video game where children choose the correct body part based on clues from Ernie and Bert.

3. Staying Healthy – Whether you are exercising, playing, dancing or even sleeping, your body is always hard at work. Learn how staying clean, eating healthy foods, and getting plenty of physical activity as well as sleep can help the body stay healthy. Ernie and Rubber Ducky get kids started in “Rub-A-Dub Tub,” a silly game that shows them just how much fun staying clean can be. Then it’s on to “Mr. Hooper’s Store,” where children scan groceries and learn specific messages about how different healthy meals are good for their bodies and “Baby Bear’s Mini Mart,” a toddler-sized activity area where children can stock up on a variety of colorful, healthy foods.  And kids can put their bodies to the test in “Rosita’s Locomotion,” where they learn how the heart and different muscles work while pumping, rowing or running.

There is an online component that allows children and their adult caregivers to further explore and learn about the subject at hand. The Web site, www.sesamestreetpresents.org, is designed so that children and adult caregivers can explore the exhibit prior to their visit and caregivers can download guides and educational material.

Sesame Street Presents: The Body will be at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale for a limited time, May 23 through September 8, 2015. For information about tickets, group rates and specials visit www.mods.org

Tickets are On Sale Now for Marvel Studios Highly Anticipated Sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D opens April 30, 2015 at AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater


The EPIC follow-up to the biggest super hero movie of all time, Avengers: Age of Ultron 3D opens Thursday, April 30, 2015 with premiere showings at 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. on the BIGGEST Screen in South Florida – AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater. The film will be released in IMAX® theaters, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney motion pictures.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.  Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Museum President/CEO Kim Cavendish said, “We are excited for Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America to bring their super powers to our giant screen.”

Friends of MODS Presents: Superhero Soiree 5/15/15


The Museum of Discovery and Science’s auxiliary group, Friends of MODS, along with Club 2-1-1, will host “Superhero Soiree” on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. featuring a screening of Marvel Studios production of Avengers: Age of Ultron: An IMAX ® 3D Experience.

The price of admission to Superhero Soiree at the Museum includes access to the reception, complete with open bar and themed ‘superhero’ cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a special silent auction, DJ, raffle prizes, plus entry to the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater! Attendees are invited to don their favorite superhero costumer (i.e. Iron Man, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc). Guests with the most creative costume attire will win lavish prizes. 

This extraordinary intergalactic evening concludes with a screening of the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron: An IMAX ® 3D Experience, containing a super-heroic all-star cast including: Robert Downey, Jr.Chris HemsworthMark RuffaloChris EvansScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerDon CheadleAaron Taylor-Johnson,Elizabeth OlsenPaul BettanyCobie SmuldersStellan SkarsgårdJames Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. When Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Friends of MODS President, Nila Do Simon, said, “Friends of MODS event season is, quite literally, flying by. We look forward to winding down this successful event season with Superhero Soiree. This “marvel”-ous evening will include great company, amazing food, open bar, networking opportunities, plus capping it all off – the special screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron: An IMAX ® 3D Experience on the BIGGEST screen in South Florida – AutoNation IMAX ® Theater.”

Regular Seating tickets are $45 for Friends of MODS and museum members and for $55 non-members. VIP Preferred Seating Tickets are $60 for Friends of MODS members and $70 for non-members. VIP Seating includes one free raffle ticket. Guests can also register to become members of the Friends of MODS group that evening. To purchase tickets, please call Nicole Rodriguez at 954.712.1159954.712.1159 or visit the website: www.friendsofmods.org. Indulge and get your tickets today!

Museum of Discovery and Science offers a chance for two to WIN a 10-day trip to Southeast Alaska and see Humpback Whales in the Wild!

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Is observing humpback whales in the wild on your bucket list? MacGillivray Freeman Films, in conjunction with the Museum of Discovery and Science, is giving you an opportunity to check it off your list. Between now and April 3, 2015  nature lovers, 21 years or older, can enter for a chance to win a 10-day trip for two aboard the Snow Goose to see humpback whales in the majestic waters of Southeast Alaska!

One Grand Prize winner will win roundtrip airfare for two to Juneau, Alaska, two nights’ hotel accommodations and two tickets for an 8 to 10-day voyage aboard the Snow Goose, a small cruise boat featured in the new IMAX film Humpback Whales 3D.  Guests onboard the Snow Goose may see a variety of wildlife such as  humpback whales, bears, moose, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in the company of experienced and knowledgeable crew.

The winner will choose among several different 8 to 10-day trips aboard the Snow Goose in the months of June to August in 2015 or 2016.  Up to 25 Second Prize winners will receive a 6-pack DVD collection of MacGillivray Freeman films and a prize package of Humpback Whale promo items including a t-shirt, whale plush and two ticket to see Humpback Whales 3D on the BIGGEST screen in South Florida, AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater.

To enter to win this exotic 10-day trip, and for official sweepstakes rules please visit: http://www.patronmail.com/pmailweb/PatronSetup?oid=1423. There is no purchase necessary. The winner must be 21 years of age and reside in the U.S.  The Sweepstakes commences at 11:00:01 AM (PT) on February 2, 2015, and ends at 10:00PM (PT) on April 3, 2015 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  All entries must be received or postmarked by 10:00PM (PT) on April 3, 2015 and any entries postmarked thereafter shall be null and void, and ineligible for the Sweepstakes. To learn more about the Snow Goose, visit:  www.snowgoosealaska.com/

Swim alongside 50-foot Humpback Whales at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater

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Experience an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales.The 3D film takes audiences to the underwater world of the far away places where Humpbacks live and thrive. From the clear turquoise waters of the South Pacific to Africa, Hawaii and Alaska, this ocean adventure will reveal what we know about this giant mammal and what mysteries scientists are determined to solve.

Captured for the first time with IMAX® 3D cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery.  Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why only the males sing, and why these intelligent, fifty-foot animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year.

“Humpback Whales are simply fascinating creatures. Audiences will get an immersive look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young on the biggest screen in South Florida,” said President/CEO Kim Cavendish.

Humpback Whalesis produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films and presented by Pacific Life. A One World One Ocean production, Humpback Whalesis directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins) and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Journey to the South Pacific).   

Filmed in 15/70mm, Humpback Whales is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest, Journey to the South Pacific). The musical score is by Steve Wood (Journey to the South Pacific, To The Arctic).

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world’s leading independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 38 films for IMAX theatres to its credit. Throughout the company’s 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. Humpback Whales follows in the company’s long tradition of films known for their artistry and celebration of science, and for calling attention to the natural world.

The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. In September 2014, the 300-seat AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater underwent an extensive renovation including a new giant screen (60 ft. x 80 ft.), new luxury seats, new powerful sound system and the addition of a digital projection system to complement the 15/70 film projector. The new dual IMAX projection system allows both digital and 15/70 IMAX films to be shown, offering a more consistent flow of new Hollywood films in addition to classic documentaries. The IMAX Experience® is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. Audiences will enjoy five-story high images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity as they’re immersed in 32,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast through 56 speakers. And the special geometry of our theater makes you feel as though you’re immersed in the action. You’re just not seeing the movie — you’re part of it. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater and 3D films are viewed using special IMAX® 3D glasses. The AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater is home to the BIGGEST screen in South Florida and is one of only three Certified Giant Screen® theaters in Florida as certified by the Giant Screen Cinema Association. For show times, call 954.463.IMAX954.463.IMAX (4629) or visit www.mods.org.