Perot Museum Of Nature And Science’s Illuminating Annual Gala
By Jonathan Spindel
Photography by Jason Janik/Perot Museum of Nature and Science
THE SCENE: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science was all aglow for its annual fundraising gala, Night at the Museum: Illuminate, on Nov. 14. Over a thousand guests embarked on the sparkly soiree, where they were greeted by outdoor fire performers in the plaza. Meanwhile, giant jellyfish hung from the ceilings of the atrium, creating a sea of magical light. Party hosts wearing futuristic fiber-optic dresses beckoned partygoers into the shimmery affair filled with celestial light.
THE VIBE: At the VIP pre-party, guests mingled with local luminaries while indulging in savory bites and cocktails, enjoyed face- and body- black light painting, and made memories in the light-inspired photo booth. Colleen Walker, the Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum, and John Jaggers, Perot Museum board chairman, made a few remarks, then invited guests into the museum to marvel at the unveiling of incredible exhibitions, which included a preserved Columbian mammoth, stories of space exploration, bio lab experiments, lasers, and 3D printing demonstrations. As the night sparkled on, the after party ramped up as Professor D lured guests onto the dance floor. Ladies exchanged their high heels for comfy ballet flats at the shoe check and partygoers donned glowing accessories and tripped the light fantastic into the night.
THE CAUSE: The chairs of this illuminating evening were Carrie and Steven Becker and Merry and Chad Vose, with honorary co-chairs Deedie and Rusty Rose. Proceeds from the gala will support the Museum’s mission to inspire minds through nature and science, from on-site and outreach programs for pre-K through 12th graders, to financial assistance that allows widespread students to visit the Museum.