Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Raises over $1.2 Million
at A Celebration of Science Grand Opening Event
Patricia and Dr. Phillip Frost

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and its Board of Trustees celebrated its grand opening event and fundraiser, A Celebration of Science, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, raising over $1.2 million in support of the museum’s exhibitions and programs.

The sold-out fundraiser brought together over 750 notable guests commemorating the opening of the new, state-of-the-art campus in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park and honored South Florida’s only planetarium, aquarium and science museum.

The celebration kicked off in the museum’s Aquarium with live music by the Frost School of Music, curated by Shelton Glen “Shelly” Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music, and creative libations provided by Castle Brands. After exploring the three-level Aquarium, guests made their way to the Baptist Health South Florida Gallery for welcome remarks by Frost Science President, Frank Steslow; Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost; Frost Science Board Chairman, Cesar L. Alvarez; and Smithsonian Institution Acting Provost & Under Secretary for Museums and Research, Dr. Richard Kurin. The evening continued with an elegant dinner reception, held in the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery and the Frost Planetarium.

Notable attendees included Ambassador Steven Green; Jose Javier Rodriguez, Senator, State of Florida; David Richardson, Representative, District 113, State of Florida; Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Moise; Alberto Ibarguen, CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Dr. Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami; Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science, Boston; Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Jonathan Newby, Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer of the UK based Science Museum Group; and Dr. Charles Alcock, Director, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

A Celebration of Science was made possible by the following donors and supporters: Castle Brands, Cesar L. Alvarez-Greenburg Traurig LLP; George and Lydia Weiss; MBF Healthcare Partners; Adrianne and Jerry L. Cohen; Akerman LLP; Barry and Renee Honig Charitable Foundation, Inc; Cogint; Deutsche Bank; Dr. and Mrs. Phillip George; HEICO Corporation and The Mendelson Family; Hill International, Inc; J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Joseph L. Falk, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc; MEDNAX Health Solutions Partner; MBAF; Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC; Northern Trust; OPKO Health, Inc; Paul and Swanee DiMare; Skanska; Vector Group, Ltd; Watsco, Inc; AvMed; Bank of America; BankUnited; Baptist Health South Florida; Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants; Betty Madigan Brandt; Deloitte; Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Dr. Stephen and Machi Liu Family Foundation; EY; Florida Atlantic Securities; Florida Blue; Fred Hassan; Grimshaw Archtiects LLP; Grove Bank & Trust; The Halpryn Family Foundation; Holland & Knight; Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz; John & Tarra Stetson Charitable Foundation, Inc; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Kadre Family; Kaufman Rossin; Matthew Gorson – Greenburg Traurig LLP; MDW Insurance Group; Medina Family Foundation; Mount Sinai Medical Center; University of Miami.

Photos by World Red Eye

Frost Science President Frank Steslow making opening remarks

Cesar L. Alvarez and Cristina Pereyra

Richard C. Pfenniger Jr. and Gemma Rosello

Edward Marquez, Adolfo Henriques, Regina Bailey and Michael Spring

Stuart Miller, Patricia Frost, Leslie Miller Saiontz and Dr. Phillip Frost

Paul and Swanee DiMare

Sam Gil and Maira Reimao

Senator Jose Javier and Sonia Rodriguez with Juliana & Commissioner Ken Russell, City of Miami

Michael Fernandez with Constance & Mike Fernandez

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Miami-Dade County

Susan & Richard Lampen

Dr. and Mrs. Phillip T. George and Phillip T. George, Jr.

Ronan Hsiao, Dr. Jane Hsiao with Zana & Dr. Tony Cruz

Osmyn Gonzalez and Joe Falk

Nancy & Jon Batchelor with Katharine Rubino

Clement Fatovic, Rebecca Mandelman, Victoria Rogers and Chris Caines

Yolanda & Jeff Berkowitz

Lisette & Manuel Medina

Danet Linares and Matt Haggman

Michael & Glenna Milberg with Eleni & Steven Sonenreich

Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade County (right) and Chief of Staff Bonnie Michaels

George & Luisa Foyo

Richard & Colleen Fain

Allyn & Dr. Richard Kurin

Leonard & Jayne Abess

Commissioner Francis Suarez, City of Miami

Jorge & Darlene Perez

Ted Caplow and Nathalie Manzano-Smith

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County and Leonardo Valencia