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April1 4, 2011 For immediate release

Second Annual Science and Tech Soirée Raises $106,000

Ottawa— a sold out crowd of 400 guests gathered at the Canada Science and Technology Museum Thursday evening to raise funds in support of programs for youth at the Museum.

The Science and Tech Soirée raised $106,000 dollars for the purchase of the “Magic Planet Video Projector” that will be included in the new energy exhibition opening at the Museum this June. This spectacular interactive globe will be used to teach energy-related science and information to Museum visitors, especially to children and youth.

The evening’s program featured celebrities and curators presenting demonstrations using a selection of unique artifacts drawn from the Museum’s collection. Soirée guests also participated in a unique auction experience. Highlights of the evening included Paul Hoffert, a founding member of the band, Lighthouse, and an inductee into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, playing the Minimoog Model D synthesizer.

“Philanthropic participants experienced the Magic of the Museum as they enjoyed cocktails, an excellent meal, auctions, and lots of interaction with friends and colleagues – 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 by the generous support and commitment of several corporate sponsors, including presenting sponsor, Ciena Corporation.

“We are excited to support the Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation in their fundraising efforts to expand youth access to educational programs, as our two organizations share a common goal of continued investment in an innovative academic curriculum,” said James Frodsham, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Ciena. “Together, we can continue to 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 is tasked with seeking philanthropic support for the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

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Media Contacts

John Bouza
Canada Science and Technology Museum Foundation
613-949-8051
jbouza@technomuses.ca

Kelly Ray
Canada Science and Technology Museum
613-949-5732
kray@technomuses.ca