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Wild Thing!

| February 23, 2012 | Parties

THE STARS It’s not every day the motley crew of “Napoleon,” “Sacajawea,” “Teddy Roosevelt” and a couple of cowgirls show up to a party. But at the Museum of Nature & Science’s smash hit, Night at the Museum-themed Dinner in the Wild, these characters were present and accounted for—dressed in all their glory. Of course, the other star from the movie, Owen Wilson, was the real McCoy at the event. Christie and Frank Scardino co-chaired the evening with honorary co-chairs Margot and Ross Perot. Dinner even had a famous angle, too, with local celebuchef Kent Rathbun dishing out the fare—that is, after LED-lit Champagne goblets were clinked and a dancing flash mob signaled it was time for the crowd to take their seats. QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST Fair Park’s Automobile Building underwent a massive makeover, thrilling the sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 attendees with a sneak preview of the future Perot Museum of Nature & Science. Dinosaurs mingled with taxidermy-preserved lions and tigers, gems and geodes sparkled, LEGO robots came out to play, and a mobile planetarium had guests shooting for the stars. BID NEWS Live auction items—from an African safari to a Jamaican holiday—solicited lots of waving cards. Perot Museum Expansion Campaign Chairman Forrest Hoglund ended the night on a winning note, announcing the museum had met its fundraising goal of $185 million. Talk about a blockbuster! Photography by Jason Janik and Kate Mackley


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