Tootie McGregor and Ponce DeLeon were among the luminaries of Florida history to make an appearance at A Night at the Museum, but the Southwest Florida community was the real star of the evening, raising nearly $100,000 for the newly minted IMAG History & Science Center.
Attendees were treated to a big reveal of the refreshed brand combining the former Imaginarium Science Center and Southwest Florida Museum of History, which are under one roof at last. The proceeds will fund children’s camp programs, support expanded curriculum and exhibit offering, and put into motion a long-awaited conceptual plan for IMAG’s future footprint of its campus for the enjoyment of Southwest Florida residents and visitors of all ages.
A new non-profit organizational structure was recently announced for IMAG, allowing autonomy from the City of Fort Myers while benefitting from its continuing support. A new, expanded board of directors has been installed, led by Chair Jon Ellsworth and Past Chair Jon Romine. Matt Johnson has assumed the reins over the operation as executive director.
Johnson said, “IMAG belongs to the community of Southwest Florida, and it’s gratifying to see the community come together to celebrate its important place in Fort Myers. Our annual fundraiser this year had a special spark, which was a shared excitement about the future. I express thanks on behalf of IMAG’s board and staff.”
About IMAG History & Science Center
The Imaginarium Science Center and the SWFL Museum of History have been under joint leadership for nearly a decade, but have now combined for a new museum experience. An immersive experience for all ages is unfolding to tell the story of Southwest Florida through the complementary lenses of history and science. Make history and blaze new trails into the future with IMAG History & Science Center! Enjoy expanded exhibits, enhanced programming and the roll-out of a conceptual plan to modernize and expand the footprint of a campus that will be the pride of the community. Visit i-sci.org for more information.