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Dinner in the Wild Fundraising Event - SOLD OUT

MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE BLASTS OFF IN STYLE WITH “FLY ME TO THE MOON”-THEMED GALA NOVEMBER 18

Annual Dinner in the Wild fundraising event – which is already SOLD OUT – heads to new frontier for celebration of moon, stars, flights of fancy and more

DALLAS (November 3, 2010) – The Museum of Nature & Science will explore new frontiers and blast off in style with its Fly Me To The Moon gala slated for Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, located at 6911 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas near Love Field Airport. As part of the annual Dinner in the Wild celebration, the 2010 event includes a reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Chef Kent Rathbun and a live auction at 8 p.m. Attire is cocktail or “space sparkles.” Please note that tickets are SOLD OUT.

The honorary chairs are Emily and David Corrigan, and the event chairs are Henny Wright and Ed Stead. “With our Fly Me To The Moon event, the Museum of Nature & Science celebrates another spectacular year with hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to Fair Park to visit our permanent collection, participate in our many wonderful programs and activities, and view popular traveling exhibits such as ‘Water’, which was on display last summer, and our newly opened blockbuster ‘Dinosaurs Unearthed’,” said Nicole G. Small, CEO of the Museum of Nature & Science. “And excitement continues to grow as we watch the new Perot Museum of
Nature & Science emerge from the ground in Victory Park.”

Dinner in the Wild is the Museum’s primary means of raising money for its education initiatives, including a scholarship program that opens the door for at-risk school children in North Texas to visit the Museum. With a mission of inspiring minds through nature and science, the Museum is dedicated to improving science literacy
among school children and providing an understanding of the natural and man-made world in North Texas.

To create the space-inspired ambience, thousands of twinkly lights accompanied by lighting in deep blue shades will be used to mimic a night sky atmosphere with a star field effect. Images of the universe will be interspersed on the screen with sponsor logos and live auction items. Crystal chandeliers and bliss lights over a navy (instead of red) carpet will lead the way into the dining area. Adding to the décor is the backdrop of vintage airplanes, World War II aircraft and the Orbiter space shuttle, the most complex aircraft ever assembled during the rocket age.

“What could be a better backdrop for our dinner than a place that celebrates the pioneers who realized their earliest dreams of flying…to the close-up look at the latest advance in space travel throughout our solar system?” said Small. “At the heart of this is curiosity, a spirit of discovery…it’s science in its purest form!”

Chef Rathbun will add spice to an already savory night by offering guests a multi-course dinner. Rathbun currently is executive chef of locally and Texas-based restaurants Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, and his latest Zea Woodfire Grill in Plano. Chef Rathbun has received numerous awards and
national recognition from Bon Appétit to USA Today, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to NBC’s Today Show andthe Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.”

The evening will include numerous science-and-nature-inspired auction items:

  • A once-in-a-lifetime ZERO-G Experience of true weightlessness! On a specially modified Boeing 727, parabolic arcs are performed to create a weightless environment allowing the guest to float, flip and soar as if in space. The ZERO-G Experience includes 12-15 parabolas, a participant’s own ZERO-G flight suit, ZERO-G merchandise, a Regravitation Celebration, certificate of weightless completion, photos and video of the unique experience. Item includes airfare to the departure locations at Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Las Vegas or Bristow Air Center in Titusville, Fla.
  • Breitling Emergency Mission Men’s Watch PLUS a flight on a Breitling stunt plane with the Captain of the U.S. Aerobatic team, David Martin. Courtesy of Richard Eiseman Jewelers.
  • Luxurious private island Caribbean getaway in Cayo Espanto for three nights for two including private butler service, three tailored meals per day, all drinks (excluding wine/champagne), and transfers. Coach airfare for two to Belize courtesy of American Airlines.
  • 10-day buffalo and plains game hunting safari for two hunters, courtesy of Robin Hurt Safaris. Includes one professional hunter and exclusive use of the hunting camp and concession in Tanzania.
  • Bow hunt in Grayson County, courtesy of Greg Almond. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to harvest a giant Whitetail deer on a ranch located within 70 miles of Dallas area.
  • Two first-class international airlines tickets, courtesy of American Airlines
  • Sparkling Brilliance! White topaz and 18 Karat gold “Maltese Cross” Earclips in white or black enamel by Verdura
  • Night at the Museum - Adopt the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Museum of Nature & Science’s Dinosaur Gallery. The winner also will have the opportunity to host a private viewing of “Dinosaurs Unearthed” and a screening of Sea Monsters in the TI Founder’s IMAX theatre for 100 people!
  • Amethyst, Courtesy of Daniel Trinchillo – Fine Minerals International. A beautiful example of Mother Nature’s art work! A stunning example of Amethyst stalactites from Uruguay is mesmerizing in both its color and undulating form.
  • Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas – Start with a beach so private it takes a 1,000-foot tunnel through a granite mountain to get there. Seven-night stay at the recently unveiled Capella Pedregal Resort includes a four-bedroom, 4,000 square foot Villa with dual master suites, two private plunge pools and your very own Majordomo awaiting your arrival. Enjoy the plentiful resort dining venues, the highly indulgent Auriga Spa, the state-of-the-art fitness center and all the intuitive services of the luxurious Capella brand!

Galaxy sponsor at the $50,000 level is Balfour Beatty Construction. The $25,000 Eclipse sponsors are American Airlines; Bank of America; Al G. Hill, Jr.; Lyda Hill; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Margot and Ross Perot; Nancy Perot; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; and Katherine and Eric
Reeves. The $12,500 Constellation sponsors are AT&T, Emily and David Corrigan, Ka and L.L. Cotter, Nancy Dedman, Energy Future Holdings/TXU Energy, Fine Minerals International, Cindy Thomas and Bert Headden, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Ketel One Vodka, Kent Rathbun Catering, Nokia Siemens Network, Peregrine Group, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Rosewood Foundation, Henny Wright and Ed Stead, and Marisa Chung and Daniel Trinchillo.

For more information, please call 214.428.5555 ext. 1427 or email diw@natureandscience.org.

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About the Museum of Nature & Science
The Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children's Museum – is an AAM-accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallas's Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building a new $185-million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Park facilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science, please visit natureandscience.org.

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