The Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach announced another increase in its campaign total goal—from $85 million set in 2022 to $115 million. Thanks to continued confidence from donors, the newly set figure will position the Center to absorb construction and capital pricing increases and new programming and endowment benchmarks. The Center took on a new name in the fall of 2021 when leadership announced a transformative $20 million gift from Palm Beach residents, Wendy and Howard Cox. Major gifts from Citadel founder and CEO Ken Griffin, Leonard Lauder, Charles and Helen Schwab, and the David H. Koch Foundation were announced in early 2023. To date, the campaign funds raised have exceeded $80 million.
“These generous donations have allowed us to not only address the increasing construction costs of this project, but also the opportunity to explore more STEM programming to serve more than 1 million anticipated annual visitors,” says CSCA President and CEO, Kate Arrizza. “We can’t wait to continue our mission of opening every mind to science in the buildings included in this new expansion.”