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Discovery Place to host Democratic National Convention Party

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Discovery Place has been selected by the 46th Democratic National Convention’s Host Committee as one of 12 marquee hospitality event venues for state delegations from around the nation when the convention commences this fall. Chosen to represent the city’s diverse culture, arts, outdoor recreation and educational programming, the designated locations will serve as sites for concurrent delegate welcome parties on September 2.

“It was our intentional choice to pick 12 venues to host more intimate events that will show off the best of the region and what is great about living in Charlotte,” said Dan Murrey, executive director of the Democratic National Convention. “Many DNC delegates have never been to our city, and our goal is for them to have the best comprehensive experience that they can during their time here.”

Organizers expect the convention, slated for September 3-6, 2012, to attract an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 delegates, important political leaders and media from across the world. While the Host Committee estimates more than a thousand parties and events will take place during the week’s festivities, the delegate welcome parties will mark some of the first official convention events and highlight the city’s unique appeal and most notable cultural attractions, destinations and amenities.

“Discovery Place is honored to have this chance to showcase science and technology as a growing and important part of Charlotte’s changing landscape,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place, Inc. “We consider it a privilege to help illustrate the story of Charlotte and convey the role we play in our energetic, and thriving city full of opportunity.”

ABOUT DISCOVERY PLACE
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage the public in the active exploration of science and nature. More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX® Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year. In June 2010, the Museum completed an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined experience with all-new interactive exhibits. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with operating support from the Arts & Science Council.   www.discoveryplace.org

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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