Miami Science Museum’s Venus Orbit Luncheon at Neiman Marcus

Julia R. Bianchi, Swanee DiMare, and Trish Bell


On Thursday, October 17, the Miami Science Museum hosted its official kick-off luncheon for Venus Orbit, the Museum’s new women’s philanthropy group. The event was held at Neiman Marcus in the Village of Merrick Park and marked the beginning of Venus Orbit’s efforts to raise funds for the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science Planetarium, currently under construction in downtown Miami at Museum Park. Among attendees were Miami Science Museum Board Co-Chair Trish Bell, Venus Orbit Chair Julia R. Bianchi, Honorary Chair Swanee DiMare, Galaxy Gala Co-Chair Nancy Batchelor, Venus Orbit Supernova Bunny Bastian, Miami Science Museum President & CEO Gillian Thomas, and Denie Harris of Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.

The mission of the Venus Orbit group is to bring 1,000 women together, with each donor pledging $1,000 or above in support of the new Planetarium, which will be matched by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 1:2 Challenge Grant. The new Planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science will offer the latest in immersive multi-media experiences to explore the universe from the nano-scale to the furthest reaches.