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2014 Imagine Gala Theme Highlights the Significance of Southwest Florida’s Waterways

2014 Imagine Gala Theme Highlights the Significance of Southwest Florida’s Waterways

“Underwater Wonders” is a night to play while learning about the future of our rivers, estuaries and coastal areas

Splash down into the mysterious and enchanting playground of “Underwater Wonders” at the Imagine Gala on Saturday, March 29 and you’ll find yourself in the depths of an important conservation conversation. The theme of the The Imaginarium Science Center’s premiere gala fundraising event reflects the urgent need for education and swift policy action related to the welfare of Southwest Florida’s waterways.

Guests will enjoy live music, fabulous food and drinks and auction packages, all while exploring the incredible world of Florida’s waterways with brand new exhibits to be unveiled at the event. Eric Raddatz, founder of the Naples and Fort Myers Film Festivals, will entertain the crowd as emcee and auctioneer. Among the exciting auction lots will be  collaborative art pieces featuring the heads and faces of local community leaders enhanced by children’s depictions of their bodies with a special waterways theme.

Mayor Penguin Henderson-lrOne subject of a collaborative art piece will be Mayor Randall P. Henderson, Jr. He appreciates the playful approach to raising awareness of the issues we face. “Fort Myers and Southwest Florida waterways represent the most precious of our attractive features for quality of life and beauty,” the mayor said. “A massive effort to protect and promote pristine waters is critical for our future.”

At The Imagine Gala: Underwater Wonders, guests will be able to explore new exhibits focusing on the waterways theme. Watershed Wonders: Caloosahatchee Connections is an interactive exhibit that illustrates the Florida watershed from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico through the Caloosahatchee. Also new is The Water Table exhibit, a hydroponic display illustrating the interplay between plants and fish in the ecosystem.

The gala takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. at The Imaginarium Science Center, located at 2000 Cranford Avenue in Fort Myers, and calls for cocktail attire. Advance tickets are $75 and must be purchased prior to March 22, 2014. Tickets purchased after March 22, 2014 will be $100.

The Imagine Gala offers members of the community an opportunity to have fun while supporting the development of Southwest Florida’s only science center and aquarium. Please join Title Sponsor, Lipman Produce, and our major sponsors for an evening to be remembered: Chico’s FAS, CONRIC PR & Marketing, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A., Norman Love Confections and Robb & Stucky.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support this organization, which offers engaging STEM exhibits for Southwest Florida children and families. For tickets and more information about The Imaginarium Science Center and the Underwater Wonders Gala, call (239) 321-7420 or visit
About the Imaginarium Science Center
The Imaginarium Science Center is a family-friendly science center and aquarium offering fun interactive exhibits and a 3-D theatre. The mission is to engage guests in the exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through hands-on exhibit experiences and educational programs that further the understanding of the natural and human-made world, foster an appreciation for Southwest Florida’s unique environment and natural waterways, and nurture intellectual curiosity, discovery, and innovation. For more information, visit


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