5th Annual Science Mill Benefit

Celebrating 5 Amazing Years!

Saturday, November 16, 5-9pm
At the Science Mill
101 South Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, Texas, 78636

On Saturday, November 16, the Science Mill presents Night of 5s! When the clock strikes 5, doors open and the party begins! We invite you to an unforgettable evening of art, music, science and creativity. Wine and dine on delicious cuisine and drinks from the regions best chefs, wineries, distilleries, and breweries as you explore all the hands-on exhibits in our historic, beautifully restored 1880’s mill.

Bring your dancing shoes because we are transforming the Science Mill into two vibrant music venues for one night only! Local Austin favorite, DJ Peytonius, will be mixing his signature beats while you get down on the dance floor. Then, step into the swanky “Take 5 Jazz Lounge” for some Bossa Nova and Latin Jazz with the legendary Armin Marmolejo Quintet.

Night of 5s guests will have an exclusive opportunity to take home unique pieces from our spectacular art auction including works by Cruz Ortiz, Denise Prince, Jason Archer, and many more. Artists are selling their works this evening to support the Science Mill, and all sales will be tax-free.

All proceeds from the Night of 5s help set kids on a path of curiosity, exploration, discovery, excitement and confidence in their futures! Your contributions go directly to Science Mill programs that focus on developing young participants in a science literate community as well as a strong skilled STEM workforce.

Austin and San Antonio guests can take advantage of complimentary luxury coach rides to the Science Mill. Enjoy hors d’hoeuvres, drinks, and music on your way to experience Night of 5s, where you will be immersed in a world of STEM creativity and wonderment! Secure your seat on the bus today!

Cuisine: El Locavore, Ranch 616, Vivere Catering, Sage & Honey, Pecan Street Brewing and more

Wine: William Chris Vineyards, Ron Yates Wines, Lewis Wines, and more

Beer: Real Ale Brewing Co., 512 Brewing, and Suds Monkey Brewing

Spirits: Gem & Bolt Mezcal, Nine Banded Whiskey, Hye Rum, and Tito’s Vodka

Board of Directors

Bonita Baskin, Ph.D.


Dan Patterson, Ph.D.


Robert Elde, Ph.D.


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.

Host Committee

Jennie Garth & Dave Abrams

Linda Baker & Bob Baker

Elizabeth Redwine Brenner & Luke Brenner

Mary Cocke & Bob Cocke, Ph.D.

McKay Otto & Keith Coffee, M.D.

Anne Ebert & Andrew Ebert, M.D.

Houston Frost, Ph.D.

Lou Celia Frost & Don Frost

CeCe Frost Griffin & James Griffin, Esq.

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 Morander

Mary Elizabeth Heard, Esq. & 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


To inspire all students and give them the confidence, tools, and support needed to reach their full potential as skilled members in the 21st century STEM workforce.


A world where all kids— regardless of economic status, location, gender, or race — have equitable access to STEM programs and can imagine themselves in a future career in STEM.