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?
We told you what food you can expect at the sixth annual Neanderthal Ball and now we’re going to share this year’s signature drink – the Prehistoric Pomegranate Martini!
Lindsey Breslow is the general manager of Stonewood Grill & Tavern in Heathrow, Fla. In the video below, watch as she shows you how to make this ROCK’n drink.
Olive Garden will be providing all of the fine wines for the event including their new Porta Vita Signature variety. Orlando Brewing Company is the only organic brewing company in the south and will be providing a multitude of beers.
Neanderthal Ball is this Saturday – get your tickets now before they go extinct!
At the Neanderthal Ball, we have a delectable spread of food, so make sure you come ready to chow down on some tasty eats!
Stonewood Grill & Tavern will be providing all of the delicious bites for the evening. They will be crafting mouthwatering foods including blackened chicken bowtie pasta, pulled short rib tacos and ahi tuna tartar, just to name a few! Watch the video below and discover how they’ll prepare the tomato and basil bruschetta!
If that wasn’t enough, Timpano Italian Chophouse will be providing the divine desserts, so you better bring your appetite!
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.
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