The Big Bang 2012

MiaSciís explosive gala kick-off party

WSVN7ís Alexis Rivera and
Big Bang Chairman Izzy Havenick
Miami Science Museumís BIG BANG has quickly become one of Miamiís most anticipated and sought-after events for young professionals. Hosted by the museumís next generation of leaders, the Young Patrons, this black-tie-optional soiree will kickoff a weeklong celebration for the new Museumís groundbreaking on February 24th.

BIG BANG offers a chance to mingle with some of Miamiís most enthusiastic young philanthropists while celebrating the next chapter in the museumís history. This yearís BIG BANG will also be the first time that the young professional focused event becomes a part of the Museumís Galaxy Gala, chaired by Nancy Batchelor and Nicole Lozano, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A dedicated BIG BANG cocktail hour will begin promptly at 9 pm. At 10 pm the Galaxy Gala site will convert, with the aid of special effects, lighting and a theatrical ďbig bangĒ, into the party of the year.

ďThis is a big year for us at the Miami Science Museum. We will be breaking ground for our new state-of-the-art building in Downtown Miami, scheduled to open in 2015,Ē said Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the Miami Science Museum. ďYoung professionals are an
important group for us as they are our future leaders and family patrons. Our MiaSci Young Patrons have done a wonderful job of planning a signature event that helps complement our traditional Gala, with added nightlife-inspired excitement to be enjoyed by all.Ē

BIG BANG, graciously sponsored by Magic City Casino and chaired by Izzy Havenick, will feature music from DJ Mark Leventhal and cover band, Soul Survivors. The event also features a full open bar sponsored by Bacardi and edible swag sponsored by Azucar Bakery. With Miamiís ever-changing cityscape, right now all eyes are on the downtown waterfront corridor, soon to become Museum Park and the new home of The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (the new Miami Science Museum).

MiaSciís Tony Lima and
Galaxy Gala Chair Nancy Bachelor
ďMiaSciís BIG BANG is Miami Science Museumís signature fundraising event for young professionals,Ē said Havenick. ďMiami Science Museum is one of the most important institutions in Miami and we'd love our communityís young professionals to get involved, and show their support for this great institution so that its place in the educational arena can be secured for future generations. Itís a good time for a great cause. We welcome all to a star studded night of dancing, fun, and plenty of excitement.Ē

BIG BANG will be held the evening of Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 9 pm at the JW Marriott & Hotel Beaux Arts in Downtown Miami. Attendees are urged to arrive no later than 9:30 pm. Tickets are on pre-sale now for $70 per person until February 1, 2012. Regular ticket prices are $100 per person. All proceeds directly benefit the Miami Science Museum and its programs. To purchase tickets please visit: To follow the group, find the Young Patrons on Facebook under MiaSci Young Patrons.