Sat. Nov. 14: Perot Museum of Nature And Science’s Annual Soiree, Night At The Museum

Perot Museum of Nature And Science’s Annual Soiree, Night At The Museum: Illuminate, To Sparkle With A Magical Mix Of Fun

High-LIGHTS of this shimmering celebration include the debut of beloved Columbian mammoth fossil, plus stunning Creatures of Light exhibition, science-infused cuisine and black-light photo booths 

DALLAS (Oct. 13, 2015) –
Dazzle the imagination and explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in all its gleaming glory at Night at the Museum: Illuminate, the Perot Museum’s annual fundraising gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Be immersed in a world of “living light” with a shimmering evening of dinner, dancing and sparkly feats that mark the Museum’s most anticipated philanthropic affair. Get ready for a glowing surprise in the outdoor Plaza; experience nature’s brilliance from twinkling constellations to the radiance of the visible light spectrum; and shine within the high-tech décor of black lights, fiber optics and more.

The invitation-only pre-party for Night at the Museum begins at 6 p.m. followed by the general party at 7 p.m. and an after party from 9 p.m. – midnight. Dress is cocktail attire, and complimentary valet parking will be offered. Held on all five levels of the Museum, the glistening gala will feature unforgettable activities, black-light photo booths and delectable cuisine from Wolfgang Puck Catering – from liquid-nitrogen-frozen treats, to scientifically crafted molecular caviar! Minus 7 jazz quartet will play early in the evening with popular band Professor D cranking it up for the After Party, sponsored by Central Market.

Also, guests can catch a sneak peek of the newest addition to the Perot Museum family – the incredibly pristine and nearly complete Mammuthus columbi skeleton that was discovered at a gravel pit near Italy, Texas, and donated to the Perot Museum during the summer of 2014.

Another “don’t miss” hotspot is the Perot Museum’s “illuminating” fall traveling exhibition, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence, where nature’s incredible “living light” is on view through replicas of thousands of organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker, from fireflies to jellyfish to glowworms.

Night at the Museum is always special, but this year has an extra sparkle! Our guests will be the very first members of the public to see our beloved Columbian mammoth fossil that was discovered here in North Texas and was generously donated to the Museum for safekeeping,” said Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “Also, this year’s Illuminate theme ties into our wonderful exhibition, Creatures of Light, developed by the American Museum of Nature History.”

Event chairs are Carrie and Steven Becker and Merry and Chad Vose, and honorary co-chairs are Deedie and Rusty Rose. Lead commitments include $100,000 Planet-level contributions from Lyda Hill and Margot and Ross Perot; $50,000 Dinosaur-level contributions from The Hoglund Foundation and Deedie and Rusty Rose; and $25,000 Turbine-level commitments from American Airlines; Balfour Beatty Construction; Emily and David Corrigan and Carol and John Levy; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; Katherine and Michael Phillips; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; The Rees-Jones Foundation; Katherine and Eric Reeves; and Catherine and Will Rose.

The $12,500 Geode-level supporters are Bain & Company, Inc.; Carrie and Steven Becker and Merry and Chad Vose; Pat and Jane Bolin; Nancy and Clint Carlson; The David B. Miller Family Foundation; Al G. Hill, Jr.; The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.; Rusty and John Jaggers; Karen and Alen Katz – Neiman Marcus; The M.O.B. Family Foundation; Peregrine Group, LLC; Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation; The Rosewood Corporation; Jennifer and Andy Scripps; Time Warner Cable; and Mr. and Mrs. John T. Walter.

Host Committee members (to date) are Sheila and Dave Beuerlein; Sarah and Sam Bloom; Lucy and Michael Brittian; Emily and David Corrigan; Cammy and Holmes Davis; Kim and Kevin Dodson; Betsy and Richard Eiseman; Heather and Bill Esping; Courtney and Michael Flanagan; Rebecca and Barron Fletcher; Colleen Walker and Felipe Gumucio; Heather and Chris Gilker; Margaret and Barry Hancock; Julie and Ed Hawes; Pilar and Jay Henry; Ann and Lee Hobson; Rusty and John Jaggers; Jennifer and Tom Karol; Nancy Perot and Rod Jones; Laura and Greg Koonsman; Hallie and Max Lamont; Maggie and Greg Langston; Muffin and John Lemak; Carol and John Levy; Michelle and Bill Lockhart; Libby and Murray McCabe; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Megan and Casey McManemin; Leslie and Jason Needleman; Margot and Ross Perot; Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.; Carrie and Marshall Phaneuf; Karen and Richard Pollock; Michal and Loyd Powell; Amy and Corey Prestidge; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Katherine and Eric Reeves; Lisa and John Rocchio; Catherine and Will Rose; Lisa Runyon; Sylvia Cespedes and Hernan Saenz; Christie and Frank Scardino; Ginny and Conner Searcy; Elizabeth and Bart Showalter; Abigail and Andrew Sinwell; Waverly and David Smith; Gail and Jim Spann; Marlene and John Sughrue; Mary and Mike Terry; Dawne and Patrick Tribole; Sarah and Russell Weinberg; and Abby and Todd Williams.

Proceeds from the annual Night at the Museum 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 students to visit the Museum, regardless of their school’s ability to pay. Underwriting contributions also fund research and collections efforts and help secure top-quality traveling exhibitions.

Ticket packages start at $2,500 (six attendees). Individual tickets are not available. For more information, please email or call 214.756.5815. Visit the website

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. A top destination for North Texans and tourists alike, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. The Museum features 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through breathtaking collections, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays that expose visitors to a hands-on world of ideas and concepts. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park Museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit


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