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34,000 sq ft expansion opens Nov 11 at Museum of Discovery & Science – multiple corporate donors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, USA /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Museum of Discovery and Science will celebrate the grand opening of a major expansion on November 11, 2011. The new 34,000-sq.-ft. EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit and program space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations.

Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, learn about protecting and conserving the Everglades and Florida’s natural resources, and follow the natural path water takes through Florida. Visitors can explore the physical principles of water while enjoying the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. The new wing also features the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center with four labs and the 100-seat Keller Science Theater with comfortable seating and technical features to support lectures, exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community partners.

AutoNation, the lead donor, stepped forward in 2007 with $3 million for the renovation and renaming of the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater. AutoNation was followed by $2 million donations from J.M. Family Enterprises, sponsoring the Great Hall of Science, and Broward Health partnering with the Museum to create the Powerful You health exhibit that opened on November 12, 2010.

A number of $1 million donations also helped propel the campaign: Bank of America sponsored the Visitor Pavilion that was constructed in 2008; The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust sponsored the expanded Aviation Station that came on-line October 2009; Carnival Corporation & PLC sponsored the Museum’s Coral Reef exhibit and Explorers program. Republic Services sponsored the Go Green exhibit which opened October 16, 2010; and the late Stephen A. Keller sponsored the Keller Science Theater. The Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation sponsored the Lifelong Learning Center.

Other major donors include Huizenga Family Foundation; Keith and Doreen Koenig, City Furniture; Wells Fargo; Publix Super Markets Charities; Terry Stiles, Stiles Corporation; Hudson Family Foundation; Halmos Family Foundation; Mr. Jim Oppenheimer; Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Aguero; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Forman; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roschman; and Sun Sentinel. Broward County, State of Florida and the Federal Government have also supported the project.

Capital Campaign Leadership

Kim Cavendish – President and CEO, Museum of Discovery and Science
Patrick Flynn – Executive Vice President of Development, Museum of Discovery and Science
Jon Ferrando – Museum Chair, Board of Trustees; Executive Vice President, AutoNation
Tom Angelo, Esq. – Museum Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Partner, Angelo and Banta, P.A.
Keith Koenig – Museum Vice Chair, Board of Trustees; President, City Furniture
Terry Stiles – Museum Past Chair, Board of Trustees; Chairman/CEO, Stiles Construction

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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