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Join Us for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40TH Anniversary Big Bang Gala on Saturday, May 11!

Honoring Executive Director Jeffrey Kirsch, With Special Guest Emcee KFMB Meteorologist Matt Baylow

April 10, 2013

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo

Reuben H Fleet Science Center 40th Anniversary logo
Dr. Jeffrey W. Kirsch, Executive Director of the Fleet

Dr. Jeffrey W. Kirsch, Executive Director of the Fleet



San Diego, CA—April 10, 2013—Co-Chairs Lori Fleet-Martin and Nancy Robertson invite you to celebrate the Fleet Science Center’s past, present and future on Saturday, May 11, at 6PM, at an elegant soiree in Balboa Park, as we honor the past leadership of the Fleet and imagine its innovative future. The entertaining and interactive evening will feature swanky lounge areas; a video that celebrates the Fleet’s past, present and future; signature turquoise cocktails, and a sneak peek of our newest upcoming high-tech exhibit. Activities include casino games of chance, dancing to the Fabulous Ultratones, yummy cocktails, a marvelous meal and engaging science. Our Special Guest Emcee will be KFMB Meteorologist Matt Baylow, who will host and encourage guests to "raise the paddle" in a fundraiser benefitting our new Innovation Fund at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.


The evening will pay tribute to Executive Director Jeffrey Kirsch, retiring after 30 amazing years of stewardship, where he notably changed the face of science education in San Diego.  Kirsch, former chair of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and founding president of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, is recognized as a pioneer and major contributor to the production and exhibition of IMAX® films in science museums. He will next serve as consulting producer on an upcoming film about the Panama Canal. Many of Dr. Kirsch’s past colleagues are expected to join in the festivities, with a look back at his tenure, a fabulous revisiting of the Fleet’s 40 years of inspiring scientific discovery and a glimpse of what the next few years have in store for science education in San Diego!


Please join us for a memorable evening honoring the work and inspiration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center over these past 40 years. The evening’s schedule: 6PM: cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and interactive fun by the Bea Evenson Fountain; 7:30PM: dinner and presentation in the Fleet’s Main Gallery; 9PM: dessert and dancing to the sounds of The Fabulous Ultratones; 11:30PM: last call. Black-tie or cocktail attire requested.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Innovation Fund at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The Fleet’s mission is “inspiring lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.” For more information and tickets, visit www.rhfleet.org/bigbanggala or call 619-238-1233, ext. 830.

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The Innovation Fund––What IF you can see cutting-edge robotics and how they affect you and the world around you? What IF you could investigate the elements of the periodic table and explore virtual compounds? What IF you could make your own movie and see it in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater? What IF you could experience a new Live Science event on every visit to the Fleet? Discover dynamic educational experiences, blockbuster scientific exhibitions and new technology demystified. The newly established Innovation Fund is the Fleet’s vital resource for developing, growing and sustaining cutting-edge strategies to inspire lifelong science and technology learning, understanding and enjoyment in San Diego and beyond. IF will ensure that the Fleet expands its critical role in inspiring minds and connecting individuals to science and technology.


Matt Baylow is a local favorite on the KFMB TV News 8 team, bringing us up-to-the-minute information regarding San Diego’s versatile weather patterns every night at 5PM, 6:30PM & 11PM. Raised in Minnesota, he graduated from UMN with a degree in Psychology and Climatology and earned the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting in 1984. From his first job in Rochester, MN, his highly successful career has taken him to Las Vegas and back to Minneapolis/St. Paul before joining the News 8 team. Matt is also a certified Master Gardener.


Celebrate the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Year!

Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations!  March 9, 2013, kicked off a year-long celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. Forty years ago, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Enjoy our year-long celebration, featuring a blockbuster exhibition, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences.


About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.