On November 13, 2018, NYSCI celebrated its annual Evening of Science and Inspiration Gala. Nearly 700 attendees gathered at Cipriani Wall Street – the atmosphere was buzzing, with guests arriving early and staying long after the evening’s programs concluded.

Thanks to the valuable support of 140 sponsors, the 2018 gala raised a record-breaking $1.78 million.

This year’s honorees included Tim Tynan (CEO, Bank of America Merchant Services) who received the Distinguished Leadership Award, Mimi Valdés (Chief Creative Officer, i am OTHER) who received the Vision and Venture Award, and Joan Fallon (CEO and Founder, Curemark) who received the Creative Entrepreneurship Award.

The “Science Moment” was led by the three talented Seidenberg Family Top of the Ladder awardees (Anais Cardenas, Trishna Ramsamooj and Samantha Wong), who guided the entire room through a light-painting exercise where everyone stood up and waved their arms in the air with LEDs and a battery. Here’s a brief video of that moment live, and here’s a photo of the light painting the gala crowd produced.

If you weren’t able to attend the gala, or if you were there and want to experience it again, watch it again on YouTube. Part one features introductions by Margaret Honey and Guy Chiarello honoring Tim Tynan, and Frank D’Souza honoring the Top of the Ladder awardees together with the science moment, and the Givergy pledge drive. Part two features Melissa Vail honoring Mimi Valdés and Joan Fallon, with Margaret Honey’s closing remarks. For more memories of this year’s gala, view the evening’s photos and download the gala program.

Thank you again to all our valuable sponsors, and to all the individuals who helped make this year’s gala yet another success! We look forward to seeing you next year (save the date!) on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Cipriani Wall Street, where we will honor Dr. Lisa Su, President & CEO of Applied Micro Devices, among other great STEM leaders.

Michel Gulick, Director of Events and Sterwardship