Fundraiser exceeds targets for Fort Lauderdale science museum

December 26, 2012 by  

The recent MAD for MODS Gala Fundraising event exceeded its own goals as more than $500K was raised for the Museum of Discovery and Science located in Fort Lauderdale. The gala was attended by over 650 guests, including Keith and Doreen Koenig, who received an honor at the event.

The gala had a 1960s theme, with a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like to greet guests, a Four Seasons tribute by the Atlantic City Boys, and black and white decorations, with just a hint of red. According to Keith Koenig, a board member of the museum, the event was a success, with the largest number of attendees in its history. Koenig recalled the days when his children were young and he would take them to the original Discovery Center which was located in the New River Inn, around 26 years ago.

Originally, the museum project started in 1977 when the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale opened the Discovery Center. In 1992, the museum expanded to include an IMAX theater and was moved to its current home. Further fundraising over the years has provided the EcoDiscovery Center, a science theater, with a new wing and four classrooms. Still further fundraising is now taking place to create a science park which will be outdoors. The campaign is to raise $7.5m, with $2m being awarded by the county.

Local poster printing will be utilized to promote fundraising events and the museum itself – an achievement for the city.