Hall of Fame Awards Gala
The annual Da Vinci Science Center Gala is the Center’s flagship fundraising event. Proceeds support the Center’s exhibits and programs that bring science to life every day for children of all backgrounds and socioeconomic status and inspire them to explore careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The black-tie-optional gala features a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, live auction, special pledge appeal, and the annual presentation of the Da Vinci Science Center’s Hall of Fame Awards.
The Da Vinci Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually since 1999 to students who show a unique passion for science, educators who inspire enthusiasm for science with innovative approaches, professionals and companies who bring science to life every day, and partners who support the Center’s mission.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Frank Schweighardt, retired, Air Products
- Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award: Vince Sorgi, Sr. Vice President and CFO, PPL
- Grand Maestro Corporate Award: WFMZ
- Distinguished Female STEM Leadership Award: Cedar Crest College
- Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by B. Braun Medical
- Mary Antoni, STEM coordinator, Lansdale Catholic High School
- Educator Excellence STEM Leadership Award, sponsored by Follett, LLC.
- Ignacio Jayo, science teacher, William Tennent High School
- New Educator Excellence Award, sponsored by Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt
- Cassi Williams, science teacher, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
- Student Excellence Awards, sponsored by Air Products, ATAS International, Inc., Cedar Crest College, and PPL
- Sophia Swartz, senior, Central Bucks High School South
- Neil Deshmukh, sophomore, Moravian Academy
- Alesandra Temerte, junior, Central Bucks High School East
- Sai Mamidala, junior, Garnet Valley High School
Contact @DSC: Judy Belaires, CFRE, 484.664.1002, Ext. 102