Science Mill Celebrates Five Years With "Night of 5s Benefit"

When the clock strikes 5pm on Saturday, November 16, doors open and the party begins at the Science Mill’s 5th annual benefit, an elegant, fun-filled evening of great food, drink, dancing, a fabulous art auction and more. 

Guests will enjoy inventive cuisine from notable chefs and restaurants including Ranch 616, El Locavore Catering, Pecan Street Brewery, Vivere Catering and many more. They’ll also find wine, beer and spirits from some of the region’s best wineries, breweries and distilleries, including Ron Yates Wines, William Chris Vineyards, Hye Rum, Tito’s Vodka, Real Ale Brewing, Nine Banded Whiskey and Gem & Bolt.

At this year’s event, Night of 5s, guests will also have an opportunity to bid on world-class, fine artwork donated by nationally and locally recognized artists. Confirmed participating artists include Cruz Ortiz (named by Texas Monthly as one of “10 Texas Artists to Collect Now”), Denise Prince, Zena Howe, Jason Archer, Rachel Wade, Jennie Garth (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, also a member of the event host committee) and many more. All art auction purchases will be exempt from sales tax during the night of the fundraiser. 

The Armin Marmolejo Quintet will be playing Bossas, Blues, Latin and Jazz standards, and DJ Peytonius will be mixing his signature tunes for guests who want to hit the dance floor. The entire museum–housed in a beautifully adapted 1880s mill with 50+ high-tech, high-touch exhibits–will be open for exploration.

Austin and San Antonio guests can take advantage of chartered bus rides to the Science Mill, with food, drink and music on the way to a world of STEM creativity and wonderment! 

Tickets to this special event are $125 per person, and sponsorships are available. Because the Science Mill is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations, ticket purchases and sponsorships are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by federal law. 

All proceeds from the event help the Science Mill grow its nonprofit mission and empower kids to follow a love of science learning. The Mill is committed to ensuring that all students have access to its unique experience by keeping museum admission fees low and by offering scholarship programs. For more information, to buy tickets or to view sponsorship opportunities, visit 


Host Committee

Jennie Garth & Dave Abrams

Linda Baker & Rob Baker

Elizabeth Redwine Brenner & Luke Brenner

Mary Cocke & Bob Cocke, Ph.D.

McKay Otto & Keith Coffee

Anne Ebert & Andrew Ebert, M.D.

Houston Frost, Ph.D.

Lou Celia Frost & Don Frost

CeCe Frost Griffin & James Griffin

Caroline Harte

Stacey Hill 

Nicole Fairres Keir & Sam Keir

State Representative Erin Zweiner House District 45 & Quincy Kennedy

Judge Donna Klaeger & Rob Klaeger

Elisabeth Krimbill, Ph.D. & Brigadier General Gerald Krimbill

David Mendoza

Lisa Ivie Miller & Scott Miller

Lauren Conley Moorman & Tom Slick Moorman

Sandy Morrander

Mary Elizabeth Heard, Esquire & Becca Powell

Pam Reese & Mike Reese

Nona Sansom & Andrew Sansom, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Story Shahan & Brian Shahan, Esq.

Pat Smothers & Bud Smothers

State Representative James Talarico House District 52

Fay Randolph Wallace

Ellen Yates & Rusty Yates


Board of Directors

Bonita Baskin, Ph.D., Chair 

Dan Patterson, Ph.D. , Treasurer

Robert Elde, Ph.D., Secretary 

Staci Almager

Lynnell Burkett 

Ron Carter

Gerardo Castillo

Gary Cobb

Eric Corndorf, Ph.D.

Beverly Dale, Ph.D.

Sandy Dochen

Nels Elde, Ph.D.

Susan Oliver Heard

Col. Tom Henricks

Nancy May

Christy Muse

Bob Oliver

Tom Pannell

Barbara Anne Stephens

Peter Vancorenland, Ph.D.

Hedy Walls, Ph.D.



The Science Mill, located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City, is a year-round family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for visitors of all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games and programs, the Science Mill expands students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on a path to pursue a career in STEM. Learn more at