Orlando Science Center to Kick Off final Neanderthal Ball

“Celebrate Our Evolution” as Orlando Science Center recognizes a decade of philanthropy and success

“Celebrate Our Evolution” as Orlando Science Center

recognizes a decade of philanthropy and success

Saturday, November 5, 2016

7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2016) —Orlando Science Center will host the 10th annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit its mission to inspire science learning for life. This year marks the final Neanderthal Ball with the theme of “Celebrate our Evolution.” Guests are invited to celebrate 10 years of Neanderthal Ball and what it has helped achieve for Orlando Science Center.


“The success of Neanderthal Ball along with our other fundraising efforts over the past decade has helped the Science Center have an incredible impact on this region,” said Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman. “A STEM preschool, new exhibits, expanded teacher training and national partnerships have all been part of our evolution as a stronger community partner. Neanderthal Ball is a time to celebrate our growth as we prepare for a new gala that will help lead us into the future.”


The prehistoric-themed event, located in the Science Center’s DinoDigs exhibit, includes a night of dancing, dining, and a silent auction. The auction will feature over 75 unique packages, including offerings from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Kennedy Space Center, unique experiences, and local restaurant packages. A diamond necklace and earring suite from Mayor’s Jewelers—valued at $5,000—is also set to be raffled off.


During the event, guests will dance the evening away with live music from the local band, Running with Scissors, and enjoy gourmet creations from Puff ‘N Stuff Event Catering. Neanderthal Ball will fuel the celebration with drinks provided by Tito’s Vodka, a wine bar, and artesian beers provided by Orlando Brewing Company.


To get everyone in the spirit, guests are encouraged to showcase pops of print or wild animal patterns. Harriet Lake, one of Central Florida’s leading philanthropists, sponsors the Caveman Couture Contest with prizes awarded to those with the most chic “caveman couture.”


Proceeds from Neanderthal Ball will help fund educational programs at Orlando Science Center, plus support opportunities for youth and families to experience the Science Center regardless of income or educational background.


The cost of the event is $150 per person for the general public and $125 for Orlando Science Center Members. Sponsorships are still available, offering a number of benefits and promotional opportunities, including blocks of tickets to the event and recognition onsite.


Neanderthal Ball is supported by Platinum Sponsor Macy’s; Gold Sponsors Disney, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts, Tupperware Brands, Uproar, and Vistana Signature Experiences; Silver Sponsors AT&T, Massey Services, Inc., Presidio, and Zymphony; Bronze Sponsors Gray/Robinson, Orlando Economic Development Commission, and WFTV; and our Small Business Sponsor BKHM CPA. Additional sponsorship provided by Harriett’s Charitable Trust and Mayors Jewelers.


For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.osc.org/neanderthal-ball or call 407-514-2000. For sponsorship information, please contact Sara Haight at 407-514-2233 or shaight@osc.org.


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