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We didn't just raise money for youth education programs at Neanderthal Ball on Saturday — we also crowned a new Harriett Lake Caveman Couture Champion!We think these contestants were ready to go “clubbing.” Do you agree?
An event 600,000 years in the making, the seventh annual Neanderthal Ball this past Saturday was a huge success! Proceeds benefited youth education programs at the Science Center.
Special thanks goes to our incredible community partners and supporters including presenting sponsor Starwood Vacation Ownership, Harriett’s Charitable Trust, Bright House Networks, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and all of our silver, bronze, dinner, dessert, décor and audio/visual sponsors.
Witness the pageantry, celebration and charity in the accompanied slideshow.
It was an event 65,000,006 years in the making as Orlando Science Center held the sixth annual Neanderthal Ball on Nov. 3, 2012!
Guests partied like cavemen as they examined real fossils, chiseled out their mark in the silent auction and witnessed the latest in prehistoric fashion in the first-ever Harriett Lake Caveman Couture Contest! This annual gala benefits youth education programs at the Science Center.
Check out photos from the greatest event this side of the Stone Age!
It was a ROCK-in' evening on Saturday when we hosted the sixth annual Neanderthal Ball presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children!
Special to the event was the first-ever Harriet Lake Caveman Couture Contest! Guests were invited to go full-on cave dweller or add a dash of prehistoric flair. Look at the contestant photos below. Which is your favorite?
Here's a new video of the Neanderthal Ball. Thanks to our friends at Starwood Vacation Ownership for producing the video! For information on next year's events, please contact Kathy Lopus at 407.514.2233 or email
More than 600 Stepped Into The Past to Support the Future
The Neanderthal Ball Was a Rockin’ Success
Guests partied like a caveman at the Orlando Science Center's Annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5. They participated in a “diamond dig” for an authentic half-karat diamond, examined real fossils, and showed off the latest in “caveman couture.” It was a night of prehistoric fun in the dinosaur exhibit and raised $100,000 for the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life.
Not only was the ball filled with fun activities, upscale dining was provided by Stonewood Grill with beverages, including Olive Garden’s fine wines and Orlando Brewing Company’s artisan beers. New event partner Absolut vodka offered a martini bar to move our theme into the Ice Age with a themed area inside the Science Center’s astronomy exhibit.
The Neanderthal Ball is presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The event continues to serve as one of the Science Center’s biggest friend-raisers of the year.
Over 500 cavemen and cavewomen stepped into the past on November 6 for Orlando Science Center’s fourth annual Neanderthal Ball. Guests arrived in style by showcasing their favorite animal print cocktail dresses, ties and prehistoric accessories. DinoDigs set the stage, providing attendees with the opportunity to dine beside STAN the T-Rex and slightly friendlier dinosaurs.
Capital Grille, Tim’s Wine Market and Orlando Brewing helped kick off the festivities by providing fine wine and delicious beer that flowed freely throughout the gala evening. The silent auction was the talk of the party, as some of Orlando’s most influential people traveled around the fourth floor rotunda bidding on items that were graciously donated by an array of spectacular sponsors. Exclusive travel packages, theme park attractions, wine and dining events, sports and golf outings and gift certificates were just some of the unique experiences and items offered.
The celebration continued throughout the night as our ancient friends enjoyed their meals, while rocking out to music and themed entertainment. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Day led the raffle drawings that included two round-trip Air Tran tickets, a Chauffered Dine-Around, as well as the best prize of the night, a half-carat diamond!
Due in part to this extraordinary fundraiser, dedicated Board of Trustees and devoted staff, the Orlando Science Center is able to maintain the mission and goal of inspiring science learning for life.
Otronicon v.9 is in the can and it’s time we roll the credits on the inaugural FilmSlam! More than two dozen films were submitted in the genres of animation, gaming, science fiction, fantasy, cult and horror and screened for a live audience on the second day of Otronicon in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.
Congratulations to all the filmmakers selected to showcase their film and who won awards!
1st: Brain Divided – Ringling College of Art and Design 2nd: Dia de los Muertos – Ringling College of Art and Design 3rd: It’s a Tie! • Runaway – Ringling College of Art and Design • Chicken or the Egg – Ringling College of Art and Design
And that’s all she wrote! The ninth annual Otronicon has come to a close as the final day featured a panel on how video games can make us smarter. Of course, it was also the last chance to experience the larger-than-life video game experiences and state-of-the-art medical and military simulators.
Check out the photo gallery for day four as we countdown to Otronicon’s tenth anniversary next year!