Cox Science Center & Aquarium Celebrates 60 Years

The newly renamed science center will celebrate the occasion at the 60 Years of Science: An Electrifying Experience Gala December 4

Wendy Bingham Cox and Howard Cox. Photo by Capehart
Wendy Bingham Cox and Howard Cox. Photo by Capehart

The newly renamed Cox Science Center & Aquarium will celebrate its diamond anniversary by presenting 60 Years of Science: An Electrifying Experience Gala on Saturday, December 4. Guests are invited to enjoy high-voltage entertainment, captivating cuisine, and artisan cocktails to celebrate the center’s six decades of opening every mind to science and its transformative future.

“It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around our transformation in the last 10 years, nevertheless 60,” said Kate Arrizza, president and CEO at the Cox Science Center & Aquarium. “We look back at early dedications with astronaut Buzz Aldrin and could have never imagined we’d be where we are today and welcoming more than 350,000 visitors a year. As we reflect on the past, we also celebrate our robust future as the Science Center continues to grow to be one of the most iconic and engaging science hubs in the region. It’s the perfect evening to recognize those who helped us get to this point and who encouraged us to look to an exciting future. The event’s leadership is responsible for our impressive milestones, including the announcement of the Science Center’s most ambitious expansion.”

The honorary chairmen for the sixtieth annual gala include Palm Beach residents Wendy Bingham Cox and Howard Cox, Kathleen and Lew Crampton, Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Helene and Matt Lorentzen, and Christine and Bob Stiller. The host committee is led by co-chairmen, Shani and Britton Core and Carolyn and Ed Sasso. Committee members include Jodi and Allen Gast, Taylor and Josh Guittap, Allison Ridder Johnstone, LeeAnne and Joe LaBanz, William Meyer, Karly and Heath Randolph, and Lesley and Rick Stone.

The night will include a performance by ArcAttack, a band who combines its passion for music with a love of science. The group implements state-of-the-art wizardry to generate truly electrifying entertainment as members of the group walk-through lightning. The event will also include demonstrations by Dutch fashion-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht, who combines the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the center in West Palm Beach. Tickets are available for purchase for $500 and $5,000 (for a table of 10). Sponsors include Creative Edge Parties, Frisbee Group, Monkey in Paradise Vodka, Palm Beach Illustrated, Palm Beach Investment Research Group, Inc., PNC Bank, and William A. Meyer.

Get a jolt of excitement for SFSCA’s gala! To purchase a ticket or become a sponsor, please register online or contact Marcy Hoffman at

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