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April 23, 2010 For immediate release

Inaugural Science and Tech Soirée Raises $75,000

Ottawa, Ontario – A ‘sold out’ crowd of 367 guests was at the Canada Science and Technology Museum Thursday evening to raise funds to support youth access to Museum education programs in the National Capital Region and across the country.

The inaugural Science and Tech Soirée raised $75,000 dollars to be shared in support of students attending schools serving communities with socio-economic challenges to Museum programs, and to the Museum’s EduKits program, which provides access to first-class science education to students from coast to coast to coast.

The evening’s program featured a selection of unique artifacts drawn from the Museum’s collection, celebrities and expert curators presenting science demonstrations, and live and silent auctions. Highlights included Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien demonstrating the Van de Graaff generator and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra conductor, David Currie, providing a Theremin performance.

“Philanthropic patrons enjoyed cocktails, an excellent meal, auctions, lots of interaction with friends and colleagues, and experienced the Magic of the Museum – all for the great cause of helping the Museum reach more Canadian youth,” said Greg Mumford, Chair of the Science and Tech Soirée Executive Committee.

The Soirée was made possible with the generous support and commitment of its corporate sponsors.

“We’re excited to expand upon that strong commitment to innovation and Canada’s technology community in support of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation’s goal of expanding youth access to educational programs,” said James Frodsham, Senior Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of Ciena. “Together, we can showcase the growing importance of the relationship between science and technology and its positive impact on Canadian society.”

The Science and Tech Soirée was organized by the Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation. Established in 2008, and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation promotes philanthropic support of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

With core operations of this national treasure provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and through earned revenues, private sector support is valued as evidence of the importance that citizens place in their national museums. Foundation funds are used for special programs and projects, new initiatives and seed funding, acquisition of artifacts to complete collections, outreach initiatives to extend the Museum to a wider audience, and unique capital investments beyond the scope of normal funding.

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John Bouza
Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation