Playdate 2011

An Evening at the Palace
Saturday, April 30
6 p.m.

The Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Playdate 2011: An Evening at the Palace was a smashing success, raising over $400,000 to benefit educational programming, exhibitions and outreach programs. We extend sincere thanks to our generous guests, sponsors and event chairs, and a special thank you to Guest of Honor, Ms. Irene S. Scully, winner of this year’s Discovery Prize for her outstanding philanthropy.

Check out event photos from Drew Altizer Photography.

Guests sipped cocktails and nibbled on hors d'oeuvres as they browsed and bid on swanky packages to the swell tunes of our jazz trio. The evening progressed with a delicious dinner prepared by the award-winning Palace Hotel chefs and a thrilling live auction. Guests foxtrotted the night away with the 13-piece Fil Lorenz Orchestra playing big band and contemporary favorites

Live Auction Sneak Preview

From tickets to the U.S. Open to a complete bed & bath remodel to a once-in-a-lifetime Giants package to a VIP experience at the Food & Wine Classic - we have the Live Auction of your dreams! Learn more.

Fil Lorenz Orchestra

Come dance to the music of the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, San Francisco's star-studded big band that bridges the gap between the classic swing bands of the 1920's-1940's and the hard driving R&B, Motown, and Soul groups of the 1950's-1960's.

Discovery Prize

Discovery Prize Awarded to Irene Scully of the Irene S. Scully Family Foundation

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is pleased to award this year’s Discovery Prize to Irene Scully, philanthropist, tireless community advocate, and stalwart supporter of better access to early childhood education for all children. This award will be presented on April 30, 2011 at our annual Playdate Gala.

The Discovery Prize recognizes an individual or organization that has made extraordinary and sustained leadership contributions to reinforce the Museum’s mission and help enrich the lives of children and families through forward thinking philanthropy and community service.

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation began donating to the Museum in 2005 with funds that helped pioneer the Museum’s eventual launch of the Connections Program.

In 2008, the Irene S. Scully Family Foundation offered bedrock support to Connections with a commitment to funding a new cohort of partners in Contra Costa County. These new Richmond schools represented significant expansion and added a fourth pre-school agency serving at-risk children. Today, Connections serves 260 Contra Costa preschoolers.

Since then, the Scully Foundation has helped the Museum leverage additional support for low income children and their families in Contra Costa, and the popularity of the program and its effectiveness continues to increase. For giving low income children the opportunity to become the next generation of creators and innovators, and in recognition of her outstanding philanthropy, we wish to honor Ms. Scully with the 2011 Discovery Prize.

More About Playdate

Building on the success of our 2010 Gala, the Museum’s Board of Trustees and the all-volunteer Discovery Council once again join forces to present our 2011 fundraising extravaganza. The event celebrates the delight, imagination and wonder at the heart of the Museum’s mission of nurturing childhood creativity. Proceeds from Playdate 2011 support the Museum’s systematic program of best-practices and unrivaled resources, including hands-on exhibits and expert-guided workshops in the arts and sciences, and groundbreaking outreach programs for children and families in under-served communities, where the need for creative development is most acute.

For more information, please contact:

Event Planner & Council Liaison
Erika Mooney
(415) 339-3958

Event Chairs

Elizabeth Pang Fullerton, Board of Trustees
Meghan Harris, Discovery Council
Heather Hero, Discovery Council
Skye Pillsbury, Discovery Council

We gratefully acknowledge our generous supporters

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Julie and Steve Ashley
Lily and Thomas Beischer
Carrie and Mark Casey
Jennifer Chu and John Park
Anita Demas and Rob Thompson
Victoria Hoyt Dick and John Dick
Elizabeth and Richard Fullerton
Çigdem Gencer
Kristen Koh Goldstein and Mark Goldstein
Gretchen Wolfe Hansen and Lee Hansen
Gwen Hinze and Ernest Chow
Kathryn and Stephen Hohenrieder
Capucine and Andrew Hoybach
Heather and Sanjay Jain
Donna and David Lorsch
Rashmi and Varun Marya
Marie and William McGlashan
Libby and James Mitchell
Mindy & Jeffrey Rademann
Christy and Ravi Mohan
Elizabeth and Kurt Rieke
Nicola and Mathias Schilling
Wendy and Richard Yanowitch
Lareina Yee and Humberto Galleno

Special Thanks to:

ABC 7/View from the Bay
Acqua Hotel
Alice Roche Handmade Jewelry
Ana Mandara
Barber Family
Beach Chalet
Bodega Bay Lodge
Books Inc.
Calistoga Ranch
Carla Himy - RSVP Wardrobe Stylist
Cavallo Point the Lodge at the Golden Gate
Classic Kids
CrossFit Marin
Crown & Crumpet
DMH Fitness
Dottie Doolittle
Dutch Henry Winery
Eric Schumacher Photography
Feather River Camp
Fleishman-Hillard International Communications
Geri Barsotti
Green Mountain Coffee
Hilary Hedden
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Inspired Skin Care
Integrated Design Studio
JAX Vineyards
Joshua Ets-Hokin
Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home
Kristen and Matt Golden
La Follette Wines
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
Marin Adventure Boot Camp for Women
Marnie Pillsbury
Medlock Ames
Michelle and Justin Hughes
Modern Sailing School & Club
Nikki Satovsky PA-C
Patxi's Chicago Pizza
Peekadoodle Kidsclub
Peter Olivetti Photography
Portrait of Happiness
RAH Photography
Restoration Hardware
Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Ryan Associates General Contractors
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Tennis Club
Sarah Graham Metalsmithing
Serena & Lily
Servino Restaurant
Shug Vineyards
Speak To Me
Sprout San Francisco
Steltzer Vineyards
Sugarbowl Corp.
Susie Cakes
Sutro Architects
Tante Marie's Cooking School
The Bar Method
Toss Designs
Trina Turk
Two Skirts
Voss Water
We Olive

Playdate 2010

Thank you to our generous guests and sponsors of Playdate 2010. Learn more about Playdate 2010: Evening by the Bay.

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