News Clipping Dancing Through Time—18th Annual Academy Ball
July 14, 2003

On May 16, 2003, the California Academy of Sciences held the last ball at the current facility in Golden Gate Park, a glorious celebration of the institution’s 150th anniversary. Guest of honor was the renowned architect and designer of the new Academy, Renzo Piano. This grand event benefits all Academy programs and helps it in its continuing mission to explore and explain the natural world.

A cocktail party in the tented courtyard, a seated dinner in African Hall, Wild California, and the Steinhart Aquarium, was topped off with a dessert buffet and dancing to the Dick Bright Orchestra. The Academy thanks the generosity of Dodge & Cox and Harry Hagey for its lead corporate sponsorship, followed by major corporate sponsors Maier Siebel Baber and Mihalovich Partners. Major table sponsors also include Bank of America, Hanson, Shawn and Brook Byers, Lew and Suzie Coleman, Gretchen and William Kimball, Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger. Multiple table sponsorship includes Mr. and Mrs. Peter Black, Doctors’ Industrial Medical Group, Mrs. Morris Doyle, and Patti and Jerry Hume. Also, the following are thanked for their contributions to the success of the evening: Alterpop, Pepsi-Cola Company, Jeffrey Brodkin, John Keenan, Domaine Chandon, Barbara Carlson, Guenoc Winery, Michael Hensley Party Rentals, Dan McCall & Associates, Precis Vodka, See’s Candies, Shreve & Co., Soirée Valet, and Swan Oyster Depot.

Dinner Committee chairs include Wendy and Dick Bingham, Shawn and Brook Byers, Suzie and Lew Coleman, Beth and Jim Dunbar, Patti and Jerry Hume, Marianne and Dick Peterson, Harriet Quarré, Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger, Judy and Ken Siebel, Shirley and Leo Soong, Angie and Dick Thieriot, Dede Wilsey, Sharon and Russell Woo, and Marcia and Paul Wythes. (We regret the omission of names received too late for publication).

© 2003 California Academy of Sciences

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