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Guests to support a kaleidoscope of learning opportunities at RMSC Innovation Celebration annual fundraising gala

    ROCHESTER, NY— The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) will host its annual fundraising event, Innovation Celebration, at 6pm Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at its Strasenburgh Planetarium. Community members are invited to join RMSC members, donors, and staff for an optics-themed event celebrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), or to sponsor the event.

    Throughout the evening, guests will preview RMSC’s upcoming exhibit, SciFiTech, through an augmented reality experience and collection items that will be featured in the exhibit; interact with light blocks, Ozo bots, and a VR experience with RMSC’s education team; enjoy tastings from Tommyrotter Distillery and Three Heads Brewing; and network with fellow RMSC supporters. Attendees will enjoy an open bar with specialty drinks, a sit-down dinner, and dancing to live music from Uptown Groove. Silent and live auction items include a private dinner prepared by a gourmet chef, a handcrafted dining table, and trips, among many other exclusive items and experiences. Joe Lomonaco, co-host of the 5 O’Clock News Hour on NewsRadio WHAM 1180, will serve as emcee.

    Funds raised at this year’s event will support RMSC’s important efforts to engage guests of all ages and backgrounds in immersive STEM opportunities and spark a passion for lifelong learning. Support also allows RMSC to serve the community by subsidizing admission and transportation costs, making it possible for nearly 20,000 underserved children, families, and school groups to visit each year. 

    The co-chairs of the 2019 Innovation Celebration are Alexis and Darren Vogt and Jim and Liz Sydor.

    Tickets for the event are $250 per person and can be purchased by contacting Brandon Swain at 585.697.1988,, or online at Complimentary valet parking is available; dress is black-tie optional.

    For additional information, contact Mare Millow, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC, 585.697.1944,

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

    Photo left to right: Darren and Alexis Vogt; Liz and Jim Sydor