Passport to Discovery: Night at the Museum Archive

Oct. 15, 2011 | Nov. 16, 2011 | Feb 24, 2012

The Florida Museum has hosted an extremely popular seasonal Discovery Room for years, engaging more than one-third of our visitors in hands-on science education. The Museum plans to develop an enhanced, permanent Discovery Room that fosters critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. With a total goal of $1 million for the three-year campaign, the initial goal of $100,000 for Phase I will fund exhibit planning for the 2,000-square-foot space - a critical step to further develop the vision of the Discovery Room.

The campaign’s first year included three special events: A Morning at the Museum, An Afternoon at the Museum, and Passport to Discovery: A Night at the Museum. Guests enjoyed unique experiences at each including, live performances by Strings for Things, Sun Country Dance Theater, PK Yonge Performing Arts Program, David Ford and The Imposters; food provided by The Flying Biscuit Café and Celebrations Catering; and decorations by Keith Watson Productions.

The Museum exceeded its first year goal of $100,000 by raising almost $500,000. We would like to thank the Florida Museum Associates Board for their unwavering dedication that made this year a resounding success. We would also like to thank Jim Brandenburg for providing some of the creative decorations and Alan Shapiro for donating the plants that helped make the Museum come alive!


Campaign Presenting Sponsor

  • B.J. and Eve Wilder Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Jon and Beverly Thompson

Presenting Table Sponsor | $5,000+

  • The Francis and Miranda Childress Foundation, Inc.
  • Catherine and Richard Crandall
  • Charles and Wanda Denny
  • Expedition Travel
  • Carrie and Dennis Lee
  • Jo Wiggins

Supporting Table Sponsor | $2,000+

  • Mary Cade
  • Libby and Leonard Furlow
  • Supporting Peggy and James Henderson
  • Doug and Sheila Jones
  • Josh and Sarah McCoy
  • Bob and Joelen Merkel
  • Davis and Judi Rembert
  • Doug Smith and Beth Davis
  • Beverly and Jon Sensbach
  • Rick and Aase Thompson
  • Lisa Wasshausen and Jamie Grooms
  • Norris and Nancy Williams

Host Committee | $200

  • Ken and Laura Berns
  • Jim and Mary Brandenberg
  • Ginny and Joe Cauthen
  • Jacki and David Challoner
  • Marion and David Colburn
  • Allyn Cook
  • Josh and Sally Dickinson
  • Paul and Polly Doughty
  • Betty Dunckel
  • Barbara and Phil Emmer
  • John and Christine Engels
  • Florida Geological Foundation
  • Mary Ellen and Paul Funderburk
  • Betty Haeseker
  • Carletta and Jim Herring
  • BJ and Clark Hodge
  • Gwen and Bill Howard
  • Roy Hunt
  • Leslie and Paul Klein
  • Annette Perry
  • Mel and Lorna Rubin
  • Roslyn and Norman Levy
  • Bronia and Ralph Lowenstein
  • Jackie Miller
  • Brian and Erin Scarborough
  • Graig and Kris Shaak
  • Alan and Ellen Shapiro
  • Ilene Silverman and Harvey Budd
  • Audrae and Craig Tisher
  • Matias and Karen Zaffke

In Kind

  • Keith Watson Productions
  • The Flying Biscuit Café
  • Gainesville Sun
  • GTN/CBS4