The breezy, salt-kissed Palm Beach Par 3 golf course was the setting for a gathering of science dweebs.
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Heath Randolph and Carolyn Sasso were chairman and chairwoman for the event, which took place Sept. 29 and served as a kickoff to the center’s upcoming golf-themed fundraiser.
The afternoon included a golf clinic led by PGA Master Professional Kellie Stenzel, a nine-hole scramble and an awards ceremony at Al Fresco.
“Awards ceremony …” That’s golfer code for Happy Hour.
Kate Arrizza, president and CEO of the SFSCA, offered brief remarks.
“We are excited to be back in person for this extraordinary event,” Arrizza said. “Our team is always impressed at the generous spirit of these participants, and we look forward to seeing how they will continue to move the needle for the center and draw visitors to our miniature golf course entertainment.”
Golfers included Lew and Kathleen Crampton, Robert and Nancy Wildrick and Nick Rafferty.
The Conservation Cup fundraiser takes place Oct. 25 at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club.
Randolph and Sasso are chairman and chairwoman. Co-chairmen are Scott Butler, Mack Perry, and Jeff Smith.
Committee members are D.J. and Tory Amerson, Kate Arrizza, Nicole Bronson, Sean Burnie, Scott Butler, Shani Core, Kathleen and Lew Crampton, Phil Doumar, Matt Ferguson, Michael and Jennifer Fisher, Nadine and David Fite, Micah Ford, Dennis Goldstein, Melinda Grenz, Sophie Gross, Marcy Hoffman, Valerie and Dax Hughes, Sunni and Jeremy Johnson, Brandy Lowe, Carrie and Mack Perry, Michael Perry, Grier and Kristy Pressly, Kevin Probel, Alice and Cater Randolph, Karly Randolph, Brian Ray, Cari Rentas, Ed Sasso, Rebecca Seelig, Liza Smith, Brian Smith, Kellie Stenzel, Colin and Lauren Walker, Robbie Wight, and Bob and Nancy Wildrick.
All proceeds assist the SFSCA in its mission to open every mind to science; specifically programmatic components designed around the Science Center’s Conservation Course, an 18-hole mini-golf course designed by Gary Nicklaus and Jim Fazio.
Each hole on the course is named for a Florida-themed wildlife or habitat and includes descriptions to enrich and educate during an afternoon of fun and challenging play.
The South Florida Science Center’s indoor/outdoor venue also features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000-gallon fresh and saltwater aquarium, digital planetarium, pre-K focused “Discovery Center” and a quarter-mile outdoor science trail.
The newest addition includes a $2.5 million permanent exhibit, “Journey Through the Human Brain,” which features the most advanced neuroscience research and technology in the world.
To register for the Conservation Cup or to become a sponsor, visit the Science Center’s website at sfsciencecenter.org/ConservationCup.