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July 8, 2005

California Science Center’s
Seventh Annual
Discovery Ball 2005
A Stunning Success

From left to right Discovery Ball co-chairs Tony Anderson and Julia Stewart, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Jeffrey Rudolph
 
Los Angeles, CA – The California Science Center held its black-tie gala event recently in Exposition Park. A highlight of the evening was a concert by Grammy Award winner James Ingram, who serenaded guests with such hits as “Just Once”, “One Hundred Ways” and, “There’s No Easy Way”. Exposition Park’s Rose Garden turned out to be the perfect setting for this stellar entertainment and al fresco dining experience. Following a live auction, it was announced that Mojgan (Meg) Jalali, wife of Science Center Foundation Trustee Bahram Jalali, was the lucky winner of the opportunity drawing prize 2006 Lexus RX 400h. Another highlight of the dinner program was Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s remarks about his first-hand experience with the Science Center, its contributions to Los Angeles and the lives of young people and their families. Also on the program was the Honorable George Deukmejian who presented the California Scientist of the Year award to Professor Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology. Professor Thorne was recognized for his research achievements as one of the world’s leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.

Other distinguished guests included Senator Nell Soto, Former California State Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson, Assemblymember Mark Ridley Thomas and former Assemblymembers George Nakano and Roderick Wright. The Discovery Ball 2005 dinner committee was co-chaired by Tony Anderson, Area Managing Partner at Ernst & Young and Julia A. Stewart, President and CEO of IHOP Corporation.
The Discovery Ball’s cocktail reception made quite an impression with a “Robotics Demonstration Lounge” decorated by elements of the Science Center’s Robots + Us exhibit and an artifact from the movie “Lost in Space”. Couches and play stations were set up with the latest Japanese fighting robot video and a disco dancer dressed in silver performed in a plastic space capsule-like tube. The wait staff, for the first time ever, eschewed the traditional on-foot service and instead served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while riding on Segway Human Transporters (HT) a two-wheeled electric transportation device which emulates human balance.

Located just south of downtown Los Angeles in Exposition Park, the California Science Center is one of Southern California’s premier family destinations. The Science Center’s mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences. The Science Center has welcomed more than 10.8 million visitors since its grand opening in February of 1998.

 

California Science Center is located at 700 State Drive-Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission to the exhibits is free. IMAX Theater tickets range from $4.50 to $8. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can enter the parking lot at 39th and Figueroa Street. Parking is $6. For general information, phone (323) SCIENCE or visit our web site at www.californiasciencecenter.org.
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