'Femme Fatale’ seduces OVER 1,200 PartyGoers with an Evening of Intrigue
LG Innovators’ Ball raises more than $350,000 for the Ontario Science Centre’s community access and outreach initiatives
TORONTO, ON – May 1, 2009 – 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 Innovators’ Ball.”
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 exhibitionasks, ‘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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