Thank YOU for helping to make the 2012 Reach for the Peak Award Dinner a resounding success!
Every other year Walking Mountains Science Center holds an event honoring individuals for both their charitable contributions and their overarching support of the school’s mission to inspire curiosity and learning through science. We most recently honored Mike and Karen Herman and Tony and Barbie Mayer.
The stars were in alignment for this year's party… literally. Posed under the open sky at the brand new Science Center Campus, the Earth’s orbit intersected with that of the Perseid meteor shower, an annual event many consider to be the best meteor watching of the year. In further alliance, our entertainer for the night was Jim Salestrom who played frequently with John Denver, and most recently over the past year, as Dolly Parton’s lead guitarist. 40 years ago, John Denver wrote Rocky Mountain High while watching the same meteor shower: “I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky”. When the song was dedicated as the State of Colorado song, Jim sang it at the Capital Building in Denver.
The fun began before dark when our ‘Science Stars’, notable individuals from the Vail Valley, performed unimaginable science experiments that were both totally amazing and educational. Guests had the opportunity to witness these events as they wandered the beautiful pathways throughout the campus while also enjoying signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and listening to the sounds of live music.
Walking Mountains Science Center plays an important role in the Vail Valley by bringing science into local schools and to the spectacular campus where bigger than life environments and museum displays teach students about the natural world. The wonders of childhood and the excitement of learning are ignited when children are introduced to the miracles of nature and science. From the skies to the mountain tops to the river basins, children…and adults…are captivated by the incredible teaching and factual knowledge shared by the teachers and staff. The Vail Valley residents and visitors are very fortunate to have a facility as sophisticated as the Science Center.
Photos from Reach for the Peak 2012
Reach for the Peak will be back in July of 2014, we look forward to welcoming you then.