Guests may Waltz, Foxtrot and Samba through 150 years of Science
When they Dance Through Time at the
Academy's Annual Ball
Friday, May 16, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2003) - As time marches forward, the California Academy of Sciences will celebrate 150th anniversary at the Annual Ball, Dancing through Time. Guests will be greeted with the lilting sounds of violins, dazzling costumed characters and Captain Byrd with his macaws. To mark the occasion, joint leadership will be provided by ball dinner chairs from the past 17 years. In addition, guests may notice display jewelry, worn by selected guests, courtesy of Shreve and Co.

Boca do Rio will capture the spirit and sounds of Brazil while guests enjoy cocktails, champagne and hors d'oeuvres served by Dan McCall and the Swan Oyster Depot. A seated dinner by McCall and Associates will be served in African Hall, Steinhart Aquarium and Wild California Hall, followed by a dessert buffet. Dinner will be served with Guenoc Wines. The evening will continue with dancing to the Dick Bright Orchestra. Costumed characters and talented actors, including Patrick Martin Magic, Tom Nixon Magic, Madame Fortuna Fischi, Dance Through Time, Captain Byrd, Loree Lee Harper and many more will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Renzo Piano, the renowned architect for the new Academy (due to open in 2008) will be present at this year's event.

Dancing through Time Dinner Chairs are:

Wendy and Dick Bingham
Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger

Shawn and Brook Byers
Judy and Ken Siebel

Suzie and Lew Coleman
Shirley and Leo Soong

Beth and Jim Dunbar
Angie and Dick Thieriot

Patti and Jerry Hume
Dede Wilsey

Kate and Tom Klein
Sharon and Russell Woo

Marianne and Dick Peterson
Marcia and Paul Wythes

Harriet Quarre

Tickets for this year's event begin at $300 per person. Tables of 10 are available at $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000. Purchasers of tables and purchasers of individual tickets of $350 and above will be acknowledged in the Dinner Program.


Calendar Editors Please Note:

Who: The California Academy of Sciences

What: The Academy's 18th Annual Ball: Dancing Through Time

Where: The California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118

When: May 16, 2003, 6:30 pm until midnight

Cost: $300 per person

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