PNC Bank: Journey to the Amazon Gala

held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 benefited

Museum of Discovery and Science and
Honored President/CEO Kim Cavendish

The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) hosted PNC Bank Journey to the Amazon Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Guests enjoyed a formal Amazon themed evening complete with dining and dancing at the Museum. The event raised major funds to support the Museum’s mission of providing science education to over 450,000 visitors annually and offering needed programs to the underserved.

This year’s gala honored Kim Cavendish, Museum President and CEO, with the Outstanding Service Award for 30 years of loyal service and outstanding accomplishments. Cavendish has led museums since 1981 and, during that time, has served as the chief executive officer for Orlando Science Center, the Virginia Air and Space Center and the Museum of Discovery and Science, along with its forerunner, The Discovery Center.  In total, she has contributed her brand of exemplary museum leadership to the museum industry for more than 36 years.

Jonathan Ferrando, Vice Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees said, “During her tenure, Kim has grown the Museum from its modest beginnings in 1977 as the Discovery Center to what you know it for today. In doing so, she has led three successful capital campaigns totaling over 68 million dollars. All of these milestones of growth have allowed the Museum to offer the very best in science education to the community and beyond. Her commitment has been outstanding and its positive effects will be felt for years to come.”

Kim Cavendish Tribute Video: 

Co-Chairs of the PNC Bank: Journey to the Amazon Gala were Cressman Bronson, Ramon Rodriguez and Ken Stiles.

Gala sponsors included PNC Bank (Presenting Sponsor), Wells Fargo, BB&T, Zimmerman Advertising, City National Bank, Doubletime Digital, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Royal Wine, BECON TV, Total Wine & More, Stiles Corporation (Benefactor Table Sponsor). VIP Table sponsors include: American Express, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Carnival Foundation, City Furniture, Ellis Diversified,Farlie Turner & Co.,  Go-Tilt, Grant Thronton, Greenberg Traurig, Gunster, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Republic Services, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP ,SunTrust. Additional sponsors include: AutoNation, Bank of America, BankUnited, Centuric, Florida Community Bank, Katy and Jon Ferrando, GL Homes, Goldcoast Beverage, Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Lochrie & Chakas, P.A., Meike & Dominick Miniaci, Publix Super Marketing Charities, Ronald L. Book, Stearns Weaver Miller, The Forman Family.


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Jet Blue and Wells Fargo.

The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at