On October 24th, 2003, plan for launch!

Cosmic Rendezvous – An Evening Among The Stars will take place at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas benefiting the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (CCSSE). This national gala for the Challenger Center, emceed by CNN Anchor Miles O’Brien and Houston PBS anchor Ernie Manouse, will raise funds for the CCSSE Learning Center Network to pursue future endeavors to benefit CCSSE worldwide. There will be a special tribute that evening to Dr. Carolyn Farb who was instrumental in establishing support for the original Challenger Center located at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Honorary chairpersons for the evening are former President George Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush. Joining me for the evening as Honorary Co-Chairs are former astronauts Buzz and Lois Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11), Alan and Leslie Bean (Apollo 12, Skylab II), Walt and Dot Cunningham (Apollo 7), Joe Allen (STS-5, STS-51A), Dan and Jane Brandenstein (STS-8, STS-51G, STS-32, STS-49), and many more. Our special invited guests include the families of Apollo 1, STS-51L (Challenger) and STS-107 (Columbia). Please note: Autographs and photographs will be at the discretion of each individual astronaut and family member.

The evening will consist of a VIP reception, cocktail reception, silent & live auction and dinner. After the specially designed Westin Galleria space-theme dessert, there will be a live performance by country recording star Lee Greenwood followed by MAX Q – an out-of-this-world dance band! Table sponsorship levels are Mission Control ($25,000), Commander ($15,000), Pilot ($10,000), Mission Specialist ($5000), Payload Specialist ($2500) as well as Flight Directors (individual tickets) available for $250. For table sponsorships, individual tickets or more information, contact Suzanne Voegele with Challenger Center at (703) 535-1343.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger 51-L mission. Dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission, Challenger Center Programs continue the crew’s mission of engaging students in science, math and technology and foster in them an interest to pursue careers in those fields. For more information on their diverse programs, including the network of Challenger Learning Centers, please visit their website at www.challenger.org.

Dayna Steele Justiz
Event Chairperson
President, E-Commerce & Retail Division
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