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Annual gala honored members of the community for their outstanding commitment to the success of the museum’s programming and strengthening education in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS DISCOVERY Children’s Museum held their annual The Magic of DISCOVERY Gala at the Caesars Palace on Saturday, Sept. 29. Guests dressed to impress in their best Rock Star Red Carpet attire, for a night centered around the children of our community. The event raised over $300,000 to help fund educational programs in the Las Vegas Valley as well as strengthen DISCOVERY’S programming.

Guests of the gala enjoyed cocktails provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits while perusing the silent auction. The program was emceed by KVVU FOX 5 Las Vegas’ Christine Maddela alongside Celebrity Entertainment Auctioneer, Chet Buchanan. The evening was full of dancing, a live musical performance by the Bella Electric Strings, specialized air brush tattoos, YouthWorks interactive presentations, and the opportunity to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

During the evening, a surprise donation was announced when Judy Cebulko, a DISCOVERY Children’s Museum board member, donated $10,000 to DISCOVERY Children’s Museum in honor of Jeri and Rick Crawford, as well as an apology for missing the gala and their award. Additionally, 50 #VegasStronger hats were sold at $100 each, to commemorate an almost one-year anniversary.

“The Magic of DISCOVERY Gala is a remarkable event that allows the city to come together and raise critical funding to support the museum’s exhibits and programs. The $300,000 raised this year will go a long way as we continue to offer new and interactive educational programs for the community,” said Melissa Kaiser Chief Executive Officer of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum. “In addition to raising funds for our educational programs, we have the opportunity to recognize remarkable members of the community – such as Jeri and Rick Crawford – for their impact on the community and commitment to developing youth programs throughout the valley, which is what the museum stands for.”

Because of their outstanding contributions toward strengthening education and improving the well-being of children throughout Las Vegas, Jeri and Rick Crawford were recipients of the 19th annual DISCOVERY Children’s Museum’s 2018 Great Friend to Kids Award. The Crawford’s have been long time supporters in strengthening youth initiatives and arts education throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

The 2018 Gala Committee Co-Chairs were Carrie Carter Cooper and Lynda Tache; Gala Committee Members included Judy Cebulko, Jennifer Curland, Kami Dempsey, Todd Lefkowitz, Ashley Levin, Boyd Nelson, Emily Nelson, Carrie Stamps, Stacie Michaels and Ashlee Washington. The Board of Trustees included Chair, Stacie Michaels, Vice Chair, Pat Skorkowsky, Treasurer, Boyd Nelson, and Secretary, Andrea Smith.

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About DISCOVERY Children’s Museum

Considered Nevada’s most popular museum, DISCOVERY Children's Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center has seen more than one million visitors since opening its doors in March 2013 as a private, nonprofit educational institution. Las Vegas’ only children’s museum addresses its core educational areas of science and nature, art and culture and early childhood development with 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits. The 3-story museum is complete with nine interactive exhibition galleries featuring traveling exhibitions, daily programs, demonstrations and activities and collaborative cultural programming for all occasions.


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