Every April, it’s all hands on deck as the Frog Commissary team prepares for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony. This year was no exception as team members from all departments came together to make the 2012 gala a fabulous success.
Created in 1824, the Franklin Institute Awards Program is the oldest and most comprehensive science and technology honor of its kind. The Benjamin Franklin Medals recognize groundbreaking work in the fields of chemistry, computer and cognitive science, earth and environmental science, engineering, life science and physics. In 1990, two additional awards, the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science and the Bower Award for Business Leadership, were bestowed by Philadelphia chemical engineer Henry Bower.
Laureates, whose distinguished alumni include Albert Einstein, Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking—gather in Philadelphia for a weeklong series of programs, culminating in an awards ceremony and dinner catered by Frog Commissary.
This black tie event, hosted by CBS Sunday Morning anchor Charles Osgood, is one of the largest annual galas in the city, numbering some 800 guests and it showcases the Institute’s dramatic event spaces. Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres both butlered and buffet style are served in the Atrium of the museum, followed by the awards ceremony in Franklin Hall. A sumptuous, multicourse dinner takes place in rooms throughout the building. The evening is capped off back in the Atrium with an enormous dessert buffet and coffee stations. This year, as always, we plan to outdo ourselves with an ambitious menu that will make the evening memorable for winners and guests alike.