The 13th Annual Galaxy Gala and Big Bang After Party Raises Over $1 Million

Posted on May 12th, 2015

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By: MiaSci

Over 1,200 of South Florida’s ‘brightest stars’ gathered at the Hilton Miami Downtown on the evening of Saturday, April 18 to raise over $1 million at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala, themed “Aqua Lumière.” Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for the development of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, slated to open in summer 2016. The new Museum will serve as the venue for future Galaxy Gala and Big Bang events.

Gala Philanthropic Chairs Dan & Trish Bell, and Phillip & Patricia Frost

Gala Philanthropic Chairs Dan & Trish Bell and Phillip & Patricia Frost


NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist and Galaxy Gala Emcee, John Morales

NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist and Galaxy Gala Emcee, John Morales

Hosted by Chief Meteorologist John Morales of NBC 6 South Florida, the dynamic evening celebrated the playful and scientific interaction of light and water, and featured a water and light interactive graffiti experience by French artist Antonin Fourneau. Guests also enjoyed a performance by Latin GRAMMY®-nominated artist Debi Nova, along with entertainment from Drew T and DJ Blaze Carreras. Produced by

Latin Grammy Nominated, Debi Nova performing at the Galaxy Gala

Latin Grammy Nominated, Debi Nova performing at the Galaxy Gala

WOW Factor, the evening’s environment also included an interactive photobooth that allowed guests to envision themselves in the new Museum, and a massive video screen previewing video content that will be showcased inside the new Museum’s Living Core Aquarium. An interactive water-stimulation dance floor entertained guests along with other technological production aspects including a live “text to donate” feed, where guests were encouraged to purchase a “fish.” With each donation, the Museum’s Living Core Aquarium on the video screen would become more populated with fish.

During the evening’s program, the Museum honored a select number of individuals and organizations for their exceptional leadership and commitment to the development and building of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Nancy and Jon Batchelor of The Batchelor Foundation accepted the Visionary Award in memory of George E. Batchelor; the Vanguard Award was presented to Baptist Health South Florida by Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science award was presented to Julia Rea Bianchi.

The second Upward Bound Merit Award was presented to Daniel Correa, a participant from the Museum’s Upward Bound Program which helps first-generation college bound students be prepared for postsecondary study, and to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree in science, math and technology fields. A special honor was bestowed upon Trish and Dan Bell, Co-Chairs of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and Philanthropic Chairs of the Galaxy Gala, for their generous support of the Museum’s efforts and for leading the gala’s inception 13 years ago. The Bells recognized Patricia and Phillip Frost for their recent gift of $10 million to name the new Museum’s state-of-the-art Planetarium.

The 2015 Galaxy Gala: “Aqua Lumière” was hosted by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, under the leadership of a gala committee comprised of community activists and philanthropists. Gala co-chairs this year were Shelly & Marko Dimitrijevic and Jennifer & Gabriel Montoya. The Honorary Chair was the Hector Family; Philanthropic Chairs were Trish & Dan Bell; Host Chairs were Alicia Cervera Lamadrid & Alberto Lamadrid; and Presenting Chairs included Chanin & Adam Carlin, Jacqueline Simkin and Barbara & Michael Weintraub.

Frost Science Board of Trustees

Frost Science Board of Trustees

The gala was followed by the Big Bang 2015: H2Glow after-party, a nightlife-inspired celebration hosted by the Frost Science Young Patrons.

Big Bang Co-Chairs Ali Lamadrid, Cristina Mas and Lena Lowell, along with the Frost Science Young Patrons, welcomed Miami’s emerging trendsetters, as well as community and business leaders to the Big Bang 2015: H2Glow after-party. The event began with a cocktail reception featuring glow-in-the-dark graffiti chalk boards, glow sticks and balloons, dancers and smoke machines from Kyrogenifex. At 11 p.m. the doors opened to the main event, where attendees joined gala guests and “crashed” the party.

Big Bang Co-Chairs Cristina Mas, Lena Lowell, and Ali Lamadrid

Big Bang Co-Chairs Cristina Mas, Lena Lowell, and Ali Lamadrid


Embracing the excitement of the new location’s opening in 2016, the Museum also revealed to supporters the official new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science brand logo. Adding more glamour and star power to the energetic evening was the premiere of the Museum’s new digital fly-thru video, which was narrated by Cuba-born and Miami-raised actor Andy Garcia, a supporter and visitor of the Museum.

Gillian Thomas

Gillian Thomas

Event sponsors and underwriters include the following organizations and individuals: JP Morgan Chase & Co., City National Bank, Saks Fifth Avenue, Irene Korge & Bronwyn Miller, Concord Advisory, Sacha & Abigail DuBearn, Crystal & Co., keynote video sponsored by Belgioisos Cheese, Smith Currie & Hancock LLP, Hill International, Azamara Club Cruises, Galaxy lounges were sponsored by Douglas Ellman Real Estate, welcoming vehicles by South Florida BMW Dealers, cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA, red wine and the graffiti wall generously donated by Chateau Lafite Monteil, Christofle, LaserNet, Massage Envy Spa Brickell, Massage Envy Spa South Miami, white wine and champagne courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits, Jennifer & Gabriel Montoya, Andres Moreno & Alex Daly, Asprey, Canvas, Metro 1 Properties & Filling Station Lifts, Shelly Dimitrijevic, MIAMI Modern Luxury, Selecta, WPBT2, Alexis LLC, Hitex Marketing, Mas Tec, Maria Lacayo, Perry Elllis and Kryogenifex.

M.A.R.S.: Men Advocating Real Science Launch Event

Posted on May 4th, 2015

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On Wednesday, May 6, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Honorary Chairman Isadore ‘Izzy’ Hecht Havenick will host a breakfast at the Coral Reef Yacht Club to launch an exciting philanthropic initiative, M.A.R.S.: Men Advocating Real Science. The program is supporting the new museum, currently being built in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The breakfast launch will include a presentation by special guest speaker Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, a robotic engineer for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To RSVP for the M.A.R.S. launch, please click here.

M.A.R.S. is a pioneering, new men’s philanthropy group that will champion the importance of science and technology education within the South Florida community. The mission of M.A.R.S. is to raise 1 million dollars by bringing 200 men together. Each participant will pledge $5,000 or more in support of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.

M.A.R.S. will provide opportunities for South Florida leaders to promote the positive economic impact that occurs in communities when investment in science and technology is emphasized and prioritized. Together, M.A.R.S. men will collectively promote awareness for the new museum’s Space Science exhibits and programs in development while also building momentum towards the opening of the new Museum.

Over the weekend, Isadore ‘Izzy’ Hecht Havenick, Museum Board Trustee and M.A.R.S. Honorary Chairman, and his son, Josh, joined Wildlife Center staff to release a rehabilitated screech owl.


To become a M.A.R.S. member or for more information, please contact Edson Pires, Donor Relations Officer, by phone at (305) 646-4224 or email at

The museum also has a vibrant fundraising program called Venus Orbit, a women’s philanthropy group whose mission is to bring 1,000 women together who each pledge $1,000 and up to $10,000 with the goal of raising one million dollars for the Frost Planetarium. For more information on Venus Orbit, please visit


Guest Post: Shelly Dimitrijevic, Galaxy Gala Co-Chair

Posted on April 14th, 2015

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Shelly Dimitrijevic

Shelly Dimitrijevic

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its stellar 13th Annual Galaxy Gala: Aqua Lumiere on Saturday, April 18, at Hilton Miami Downtown. Since its inception, the Galaxy Gala has helped raise funds for and highlight the development of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a world-class, state-of-the-art facility under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. We spoke with this year’s Galaxy Gala co-chair, Shelly Dimitrijevic, about why its important to attend and support the new Museum. To attend the Galaxy Gala, click here and purchase tickets.

My experience as co-chair of this year’s Galaxy Gala has been extremely rewarding. It is a privilege to be part of such a wonderful and dedicated steering committee and to work alongside people like Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas, whose passion and commitment to the Museum is immeasurable, as well as lead gala coordinator Ruth Robinson, who has always gone above and beyond of what is asked of her to ensure that every minute, every detail of this very important event will be executed to perfection. Thanks to Trish Bell’s ability to bring people together, I have also had the opportunity to get to know my fellow co-chair Jennifer Montoya whose energy and persistence never ceases to amaze me.

This is the final gala before the much-anticipated grand opening of the new Museum in 2016 and it is a great opportunity to build excitement for continued support of the Museum. There are too many exciting elements to narrow it down…lights, water, a GRAMMY nominated performance, interactive art, John Morales who forecasts a beautiful evening, and the list goes on….

Getting involved with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a great way to commit to a shared goal and it is a wonderful way to create new friendships and strengthen existing relationships. Moreover, it strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network and that of the Museum. Why wouldn’t people support such an amazing addition to the community?

I hope to see you at the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala! It will be a night we will never forget.

Jennifer Montoya & Shelly Dimitrijevic1

Galaxy Gala Co-Chairs: Jennifer Montoya & Shelly Dimitrijevic


Guest Post: Cristina Mas, Big Bang Co-Chair

Posted on April 10th, 2015

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Cristina Mas Headshot

Cristina Mas

On Saturday, April 18,  the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will host its 7th Annual Big Bang: H2Glow, serving as the official after party for the 2015 Galaxy Gala. The Big Bang is a high-energy dance party designed for young tastemakers and professionals in South Florida. Serving as the official after-party for the 13th Annual Galaxy Gala, the Big Bang begins at 9 PM with a neon-themed cocktail reception. At 11 PM, the doors open to the main event and Big Bang guests “crash” the gala and enjoy a nightlife-inspired party complete with theatrics, special effects, renowned DJs and open bar. The Big Bang is the Museum’s only major annual fundraiser for young professionals in support of the future Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, opening in downtown Miami in 2016. We touched based with Big Bang co-chair Cristina Mas and asked her what to expect at this year’s party, what she’s most excited about, and why everyone should attend! To attend The Big Bang, click here and purchase tickets. 

Being involved with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has been quite the rewarding experience. I have lived in Miami my entire life and going to the science museum is something I loved as a child. I am excited now as an adult to have a bigger part in what’s to come. As co-chair of the this year’s Big Bang, I get to contribute to the future of the museum and that has been great and exciting! We’re so lucky to have an amazing committee and the staff at the Museum has been extremely helpful. Everyone is really excited and constantly giving us feedback to make sure this Big Bang is the best one yet.

This is the last Big Bang before we move into the new Museum so there is a lot of buzz and energy around it. Once the new Museum opens, the Big Bang will be its own event so I think it’s really important we go out with a “bang” (pun intended). People should buy tickets and support this great cause. This is an investment in Miami and having a state-of-the-art science museum will help elevate Miami into an even better city. Internationally acclaimed DJ Blaze Carreras will be providing the tunes as we party for a good cause. I’m most excited about the event’s ‘H2Glow’ theme. If there are glow sticks…I’m in! I mean who wouldn’t want to come?

I hope you can attend and support the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The future is indeed here.

Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell, & Cristina Mas

Big Bang 2015 Co-Chairs: Ali Lamadrid, Lena Lowell and Cristina Mas


Ticketing and Reservations system RFP

Posted on March 30th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science are seeking to identify and select a partner to provide a Ticketing and Reservation system to the new (currently under construction) $275 million Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, located in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. This new highly sustainable facility will include a planetarium, aquarium, both indoor and outdoor flexible space for science exhibits as well as educational facilities.

The Museum is seeking to appoint the most suitable vendor who possesses the experience, skills, and knowledge to develop, install and commission a complete Ticketing and Reservations system. The Museum intends to contract with a single entity and the selected vendor will be required to work with the Museum project team and the Museum’s appointed technology consultants – Visual Acuity.

To obtain a copy of the RFQ, contact Barrie Paveley, Visual Acuity at

Please provide the name of your company, location, main point of contact and contact information with your request for the RFQ.

RFQ requests will be accepted until April 1st, 2015.

All responses are due by 5:00 pm EST on May 1st, 2015.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Gift $10 Million to Planetarium

Posted on March 9th, 2015

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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced today that it has received an additional $10 million gift from Patricia and Phillip Frost to name the new Museum’s state-of-the-art Planetarium. Longtime supporters of South Florida’s arts and culture, Patricia and Phillip Frost had previously gifted a $35 million donation to name the Museum, which was announced in 2011. The Frost’s generous decision to name the Planetarium was made just as the Museum is celebrating the completion of the enclosure of its new fulldome Planetarium, a major construction milestone, readily apparent to all visitors of downtown Miami.

“With this additional generous gift to the Museum’s Planetarium, Patricia and Phillip Frost are making it possible to visit not just the farthest reaches of the universe, but also to explore other environments from the deep oceans to inside the human body. Its educational impact will be immense,” said Trish and Dan Bell, Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. “We are extremely grateful for their continued support, allowing the Museum to be a center for learning and innovation for everyone to explore the impact of science and technology on our lives.”

Planetarium Interior at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

“We have a strong commitment to excellence in education and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Planetarium will be a destination unique to Miami, propelling visitors on scientific adventures,” said Patricia Frost. “We are honored to be continuing our support of what will be one of the finest science centers in the world.”

Gillian Thomas, President and CEO of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science said, “We are particularly thrilled with the Frost’s new commitment, as the newly named Frost Planetarium will be one of the new Museum’s most iconic components. The educational programs will also provide the opportunity to both investigate optics with laser technology, as well as learn how to develop a planetarium show. At night, the Planetarium’s exterior will feature the latest images of the planets and the earth from space.”

The completion of the dome was a carefully orchestrated project that took almost three weeks to complete under the direction of Skanska USA and Hill International. A few facts about the Planetarium include:

  • 250-seat Planetarium with stadium style seating format
  • 16-million-color 8K projection system
  • There are 54 concrete panels that make up the self-supporting Planetarium dome.
  • The panels were installed opposite one another in a counter-clockwise rotation to avoid lateral load on the dome capstone – the top center portion that anchors all of the panels.
  • The total weight of all pieces exceeds 1.6 million pounds.
  • The diameter of the capstone is about 30 feet.
  • One concrete panel measures approximately 48 feet from base to top, is roughly 9 feet wide at the base and tapers to approximately 3 feet at the top, where the panels meet the capstone.

Located in downtown Miami’s Museum Park, the new Museum is scheduled to open to the public in 2016. The Planetarium enclosure comes as construction of the Museum surpasses the 50 percent completion point.

Eladio Castrodad & Patricia Frost2

Patricia Frost at the Planetarium Construction Site