Inspiring Innovation Gala


Orlando Science Center’s Inspiring Innovation Gala was a smash success!

At the inaugural Inspiring Innovation Gala on October 13, 2017, Orlando Science Center was proud to honor Dr. Peter Pritchard, world renowned researcher and conservationist, in his hometown of Orlando. Dr. Pritchard has made turtle and tortoise research and conservation his life’s work and has made an indelible global imprint.

The funds raised at the sold-out celebration of Dr. Pritchard’s accomplishments benefit both his Chelonian Research Institute and Orlando Science Center. Both institutions share the ideal of inspiring the next generation to become thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers.

Our heartfelt thanks to the 200+ guests who attended, event sponsors, and our host committee who made this event possible!

For further information, sponsorship opportunities, or to make a contribution, please contact Shelley Rodgers at or 407-885-2360.

2017 Event Recap

Inspiring Innovation Gala 2017
Photo Credit: Roberto Gonzalez Photography



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Planning Committee

Many thanks to the 2017 Inspiring Innovation Gala Planning Committee!

  • Earl M. Crittenden, Jr.
  • Anil Deshpande
  • The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
  • Tricia and Robert Earl
  • Betsy Gardner Eckbert
  • Robert D. Finfrock
  • Laraine and Phil Frahm
  • Alan Ginsburg
  • Eric Goode
  • Sharon and Marc Hagle
  • Peter Kacheris
  • Frank Kruppenbacher
  • Harriett Lake
  • Karen and Dennis Lind
  • Treva J. Marshall
  • Sibille Hart Pritchard
  • Katherine Ramsberger
  • Harris Rosen
  • Rick and Trish Walsh
  • Bryce L. West


Inaugural Partner



Conservation Tables ($10,000)


Anil Deshpande
Tricia & Robert Earl
Laraine & Phil Frahm
Alan H. Ginsburg
Eric Goode
Sharon & Marc Hagle
Krista & Jonathan Ledden
Rob Truland
Bryce L. West




Protector Tables ($5,000)


Dr. Jay & Randye Falk

Aaron Gorovitz

Gene Harris

Frank Kruppenbacher

Rob Yarmuth





Advocate Tables ($3,500)








Thank You to Our Generous Event Partners

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