Developer Terry Stiles was honored Saturday (Nov. 8) for his three decades of service to the Museum of Discovery and Science at the Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale 21st Century MODS Gala.
The event, at the museum, featured a cocktail reception, dinner and wine pairing, dancing and auctions with prizes that included a lease on a 2015 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet convertible.
“This is a signature event that is very distinctive to the museum,” says museum president Kim Cavendish. “It’s a formal, but very fun, event held in an unusual venue, and people really enjoy having the cocktail hour and silent auction among the exhibits. It makes it a lot of fun.”
The museum does not honor someone every year. “This is considered very special,” Cavendish says.
Stiles has been involved with the museum for more than 30 years and led the fundraising, design and construction of the building as it exists today.
“There are a whole bunch of people who are probably more deserving than I am, but it’s really nice to have the recognition,” says Stiles, chairman and CEO of Stiles Corp., a full-service real-estate firm in Fort Lauderdale. “The museum helps the rest of the community, and it even helps us attract new businesses to the area because it gives us a more rounded cultural scene.”
The theme for this year’s Gala was “Hollywood Glamour.” Guests were escorted down a “Hollywood Walk of Fame” into the event.
“It’s a really great party,” Cavendish says. “It not only honors someone who is a key individual in the community, it is also a way to show support for the museum and for science education.”
– Robyn A. Friedman
Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-713-0906, mods.org.