The California Academy of Sciences Throws 20th Annual Ball
Friday, May 13, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (February 8, 2005) - On Friday, May 13, the California Academy of Sciences will host the 20th Annual Academy Ball, "A World of Chocolate," from 6:30 pm - midnight. For the second year in a row, the ball will be held at San Francisco's City Hall, since the Academy's temporary museum at 875 Howard Street is not large enough to host such a grand affair. The event will celebrate the CHOCOLATE exhibit, which will open at 875 Howard Street on June 11, 2005.

The magnificent Rotunda and the North and South Light Courts at City Hall will be transformed into an elegant setting for cocktails, champagne, wines by Rodney Strong Vineyards, martinis by Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur, and oysters by Swan Oyster Depot. Chocolate inspired hors d'oeuvres and a seated dinner featuring chocolate-seared filet mignon, cocoa dusted chocolate pyramids, and chocolate fountains will be served by Dan McCall. A performance by Xaguia, an Aztec dance group, and dancing to the Dick Bright orchestra will follow dinner. Appearances by whimsical costumed characters and magicians will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Tickets for this year's event begin at $400 per person. Tables of 10 are available at $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000. Individuals and sponsors who spend $500 and above will be acknowledged in the dinner program. To purchase tickets, contact the Special Events Office at (415) 321-8149 or email dkernan@calacademy.org.

Calendar and Society Editors Please Note:

CONTACT: Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
WHAT: The 20th annual Academy ball: A World of Chocolate
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2005 6:30 pm to midnight
WHERE: 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, San Francisco
COST: Individuals: $400; Tables of 10: $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000


The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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