LG Innovators' Ball raises more than $350,000 for the Ontario Science
Centre's community access and outreach initiatives
TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - Last night, the Ontario Science Centre went
'undercover' with its third annual LG Innovators' Ball. Immersing party guests
in an atmosphere of glamour and mystery, 'Femme Fatale: An Evening of
Intrigue' was inspired by the new exhibition The Science of Spying, which
challenges visitors to learn whether they have what it takes to be a spy.
Honorary co-chairs Ben Mulroney and Jessica Brownstein led the
unforgettable evening that revolved around the fascinating world of
international espionage. They were joined by over 1,200 of Canada's style
makers and influencers including event emcee, Seamus O'Regan, Jessi Cruikshank
and Dan Levy, co-hosts of The Hills Aftershow, Mark Cohon, Chair of the
Science Centre's Board of Trustees and Commissioner of the CFL, Aileen
Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture, William Cho, President & CEO, LG
Electronics Canada, Joseph Natale, Executive Vice-President & President
Business Solutions, TELUS, Andrea Hopson, Vice President, Canada, Tiffany &
Co., Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited as well as
TV hosts Sarah Richardson and Monika Schnarre.
"We're thrilled that in just three short years this event has earned a
significant place on the city's event calendar," said Mark Cohon. "Our guests
were absolutely captivated by an evening of intrigue set against the Science
Centre's fantastic new exhibition. More importantly, the funds raised will
ensure more members of our community have access to the wonder, excitement,
and inspiration of science."
The stylish partygoers were dazzled by an evening that inspired all the
senses; dinner guests savoured the culinary wonders of internationally
acclaimed Chef Susur Lee, enjoyed an assortment of creative cocktails, and a
scintillating performance by jazz sensation Cara Matthews. Rounding out the
evening with legendary DJ Scratch, party guests discovered if they had 'what
it takes to be a spy' with an exclusive tour of The Science of Spying
exhibition, and then danced through the night at what could only be described
as the most intriguing event of the year.
The gala was made possible through the efforts of countless individuals
and organizations including event chair Amoryn Engel and committee members
Amanda Blakely, Marcello Cabezas, Tony Cohen, Mark Cohon, Suzanne Cohon,
Michael Cooper, Ashleigh Dempster, Jason Dehni, Mitch Frazer, Michael Geddes,
Ann Layton, Deborah Lewis, Gail O'Brien, Stephen Tapp, Jacquelyn West,
Alexandra Weston, Victoria Zigelman and OSC staff.
"Two thousand and nine is an important year for the Science Centre as we
celebrate our 40th anniversary," said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Ontario Science
Centre. "We are deeply grateful to the committee for their tireless efforts
and for the generosity of our sponsors, corporate leaders and guests who made
it possible to build on the success of the last two years and celebrate with
such a remarkable event."
In its best year ever, the LG Innovators' Ball raised over $350,000 in
net proceeds to support the Ontario Science Centre's community access and
outreach initiatives, which help keep programs affordable and accessible to
all members of the community.
"We are very proud to have been a part of this amazing evening and cause
for the Ontario Science Centre. And it's only the beginning for us." said
William Cho, CEO and President of LG Canada, "As title sponsor for three years
we're looking forward to helping raise the profile and success of the LG
About Our Sponsors
The LG Innovators' Ball was supported by title sponsor LG Electronics
Canada. Other sponsors included TELUS for the Cocktail Reception, Jewellery
Sponsor Tiffany & Co; Audi Canada was Automotive Sponsor; CTV was the
Television Sponsor; and Auction Sponsor was Air Canada. Plus support from an
event dream team that included Chef Susur Lee, Sequel Event Catering, Humber
College's Centre of Culinary Arts & Science, Solutions with Impact and Mark J.
Mooney & Associates.
Other event supporters included Camitz, Chairman Mills, CJ Graphics,
Cointreau, Cosabella, Glenmorangie, Hello, Hennessy, Lime Advertising, Moet &
Chandon, Olympic Limousine, Pepsi Bottling Group, Seven Star Limousine, Shops
at Don Mills, Starbucks Coffee Canada, Steam Whistle, the Bay, The Kirkwood
Group, Yellow Tail and YSL.
About The Science of Spying
The Science of Spying exhibition offers curious young minds and intrigued
adults a unique, entertaining and educational insight into the mysterious and
daring world of modern-day espionage. Running from Apr. 9 to Sept. 7 2009, the
interactive exhibition asks, 'Do you have what it takes to be a spy?' and
tests each visitor's ability to crack codes, gather information, and use the
technologies of real-life spies as they embark on an undercover mission. The
exhibition is part of the Ontario Science Centre's 40th anniversary line-up.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre opened on September 26, 1969, pioneering the
concept of an interactive science museum. Since then, well over 40 million
visitors have passed through its doors. The centre is a model for over 1,000
science centres around the world that have been built since its inception.
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and
actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about
themselves and the world. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the
Government of Ontario.
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