DISCOVERY CUBE’S ‘BEYOND THE TIDE’ ANNUAL GALA RAISES OVER $530,000 FOR LOCAL SCIENCE EDUCATION
Orange County’s Business and Community Leaders Gathered to Celebrate Discovery Cube’s Accomplishments
SANTA ANA, Calif. (September 28, 2017) – Nearly 300 Orange County philanthropists, business and community leaders gathered on Saturday, September 23 for Discovery Cube’s ‘Beyond the Tide’ annual gala. This year’s theme celebrated the addition of its newest, and third campus, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest in Newport Beach.
The event raised over $530,000 between sponsorships, a live auction, and the fund-a-need campaign.
The annual benefit, held at the recently expanded Discovery Cube Orange County in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater, was co-chaired for the third year by Janet Ray, long time Discovery Cube supporter of Newport Beach and Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano.
The two chairs kicked off an elegant evening that invited guests to participate by wearing ocean-inspired attire. Attendees came dressed as boat captains, inflatable sharks, Captain Hook, and everything in between. Tray passed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails were served by local caterer Blueberry Hill. Guests also had the opportunity to ‘dive in’ and learn how to make sushi in the Discovery Cube’s new Petersonville Healthy Kitchen. Dueling pianos added to the excitement of the pre-dinner reception. The ocean theme continued through dinner with beautiful treasure box center pieces created and donated by longtime committee member, Julie McDorman, complimenting the overall elegant design of the evening.
The gala fundraiser provided many opportunities to support the Cube with items donated by community partners such as Lugano Diamonds, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Cindy Omiya, Microsemi Corporation, the Four Seasons Resort, the University Montessori School of Irvine, Gateway2Give and the Catalina Island Conservancy. The live auction also featured a chance to win a seven-night stay at Chateau St. Philippe in the French Alps donated by Casey and Chuck O’Neal.
During the course of the evening guests learned via a “satellite” announcement by Doug Freeman that The Hoag Foundation had awarded the Discovery Science Foundation a grant of $550,000 to support the new “Dive into Citizen Science” field experience program to be offered at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest location. The new program, which aims to increase knowledge related to citizen science, will be offered to Orange County Title I middle and high schools.
As part of the event, the Discovery Cube presented its annual Arnold O. Beckman Award to Sandi and Dale Dykema on behalf of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. In a moving tribute, attendees toasted Dale’s legacy as a Discovery Cube philanthropist and supporter as he passed away in July of this year. Dykema joins a long list of esteemed award winners that include Microsemi, Janet and James “Walkie” Ray, Mary and Jack Norberg, Julie and Tom McDorman, the David Horowitz Family and many more.
The Cube’s 2017 Spirit of Discovery Award was presented to the organization’s recently retired Vice President of Education, Janet Yamaguchi. Ms. Yamaguchi was lauded for her 30 years of teaching and contributions to the Cube for 24 years in educational program design, curriculum development and teacher training. This marks the third time the Spirit of Discovery award has been awarded. Former recipients include Linda White Peters and Jay Witzling.
The gala was widely attended and had executive board leadership and former chairpersons from each of the Discovery Cube’s three sites. Such notable persons in attendance included:
Foundation Board Chair Dan Bolar, Discovery Cube Orange County Chairman Rick Baily, Discovery Cube Orange County Board Vice Chair Jeff Reeves, Discovery Cube Board Secretary Cindy Omiya, Discovery Cube Orange County At Large Board Officers Tom McDorman and Jeff Benck, Discovery Cube Los Angeles Board Chair Pedram Salimpour, Discovery Cube Los Angeles Vice Chair the Honorable Wendy Greuel, Walkie Ray, David Rofsky, Bruce Corwin, Doug Pasquale, and Tim Collins.
The Honorable Todd Spitzer, Assembly member Steven Choi and Santa Ana Unified Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips among others joined the 300 attendees.
“This event is a great way to honor all the accomplishments of the Discovery Cube entity as a whole over the past year. Our supporters whose endless efforts made it all possible,” said Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation and President of Discovery Cube Orange County. Adams noted in his opening remarks that, “Today, science is needed more than ever. We have seen how powerful our planet can be with the devastating earthquake in Mexico and yet another Category 5 Hurricane pounding the US and Caribbean Islands. These natural disasters have tragic consequences. By using science and our own resolve to study and learn, we can endeavor to do more to protect our people in the future. Our Discovery Cube donors make this possible.”
To get involved in the Discovery Science Foundation’s annual gala benefit contact Lacy White at 714-913-5021
More About Discovery Science Foundation: The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the educational program-development and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning centers in Orange County, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, California. Established in 1989, the Discovery Cube, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Cube was named one of the 10 “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services at The White House. In November 2014, a second nonprofit Discovery Cube offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest opened in Newport Beach as a base of operations for ocean-science education and programs. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit discoverycube.org. Follow the Los Angeles and Orange County campus on social platforms (@DiscoveryCubeLA, @DiscoveryCubeOC).