California Science Center Discovery Ball

17th Annual Discovery Ball at the California Science Center
California Science Center Discovery Ball brings Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition to life

 

 

The event: If Los Angeles held a contest for the year’s most original fundraiser, the annual Discovery Ball to benefit the California Science Center Foundation would be a favored contender every time.  Organizers typically have the advantage of a spectacular new exhibit to preview and this year was no exception when “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” came alive at the Mar. 7 black tie gala at the museum in Exposition Park.

The scene: Stone-like structures stood beside the cocktail area, evoking the caves of Qumran, where a shepherd first stumbled upon the 2,000-year-old manuscripts in 1947. So what if a Northrop T-38 Talon and an F-20 Tigershark hung high over the museum’s lobby — barefoot dancers waving palm fronds, a musical trio in turbans and djellabas and a Middle-Eastern menu conjured up the flavor of Jerusalem for a festive dinner.

Guests previewed the new museum show – which included a chance to slip a note to God in the Western Wall – later heading for after-dinner drinks and dancing beside a Bedouin-style tent.  All were invited to attend “Jerusalem 3D,” a film narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, in the adjacent IMAX theater….

 

Click here to read my entire story about the Discovery Ball in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. To see more pictures, scroll down the page.

 

17th Annual Discovery Ball at the California Science Center
As an aside, in walking through the extraordinary Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, we didn’t hesitate to slip a prayer in the wall surrounding the 3-ton stone from Israel’s Western Wall, just as people do in Israel.

In fact, after we discovered that all the notes from museum visitors would be sent to Israel, we went back to the exhibition to offer another prayer for a friend and relative. 

Israeli Consul General David Siegel said such prayers are usually personal, giving as examples, hopes for good health or good marriages. He added that dignitaries visiting Israel have also left notes in the wall, and named Barack Obama as an example.

Then again, how could anyone resist? It’s a worth the trip to Exposition Park.

 

Top photo: Basketball’s Amar’e Stoudemire, left, with California Science Center president Jeffrey Rudolph at the California Science Center’s Discovery Ball and Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition preview (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Second photo: Actor Edward James Olmos surrounded by dancers, from left, Chanel Pepper, Genevieve Zander, Linda Borini and Alison Fung at the California Science Center Discovery Ball and Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition preview (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

17th Annual Discovery Ball at the California Science Center

Third photo: From left, gala co-chair David DiCristofaro of Wells Fargo; David Siegel, Consul General of Israel; gala co-chair Lynda Oschin, California Science Center president Jeffrey Rudolph and Edward James Olmos of “Battlestar Galactica” at the California Science Center Discovery Ball and Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition preview (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

 Fourth photo: Astronaut Garrett Reisman and wife Simone Francis at the California Science Center Discovery Ball and Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition preview (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

Fifth photo: Actor Edward James Olmos, left, with Marie Olivas and astronaut John D. Olivas at the California Science Center Discovery Ball and Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition preview (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)

 

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California Science Center  Discovery Ball

Published Mar. 11, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA