News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 22, 2012
Contact: Mia Ro, PIO
Number: 954-660-4602

DEA, Museum of Science and Industry Kick Off Target America Exhibit: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause
--Special Events Include Celebrate Life! and DEA’s Vigil for Lost Promise--

MAR 22 (Tampa, Florida) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Tanya Vomacka, Vice President Marketing and Corporate Relations for the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) announced today that they will kick off its series of Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause events on Friday, March 30.

These special events include: Vigil for Lost Promise and Celebrate Life! Guest to both events will also have the opportunity to explore MOSI’s Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause exhibition. Both events are free and open to the public, and will happen at MOSI which is located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Florida.

Vigil for Lost Promise will take place from 7-10 pm on Friday, March 30, and the Celebrate Life! event, which will take place in conjunction with MOSI’s Five Dollar Day, will be from 12-5 pm, on Saturday, March 31.

The Vigil for Lost Promise is a special event ceremony for the entire community that enables participants to honor and remember the lives of those lost to drugs. The ceremony includes a variety of presentations by local, state and national officials, as well as personal stories shared by a recovering addict and another person whose life was affected by drugs as their family member fell victim. Guest speakers, an invocation, music and a candlelight procession pay tribute and remind us to carry their message and work to keep other families from suffering these same tragedies. Following the procession, guests will enjoy light refreshments as they explore the Target America – Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause exhibition. Guests will also have the opportunity to place names of loved ones on the exhibit’s Lost Talent Memory Wall. The Vigil for Lost Promise is sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Celebrate Life! Is part of Drug Awareness day that will be full of live music performed by local bands, and will include a DEA drug dog demonstration and activities for all ages. This event will take place outdoors under MOSI’s IMAX Dome Theatre near the adjacent playground to Kids in Charge!. Tampa Bay area exhibitors will be representing numerous resources in the community, providing valuable information and educational literature about drugs and crime. MOSI’s Five Dollar Day admission also includes a ticket to see the film Flying Monsters now showing at MOSI’s IMAX Dome Theatre.

Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that exists to support the DEA Museum through fundraising, advocacy and educational outreach, exhibit sponsorship and educational program development. This true public/private partnership enriches the programs of the Museum, which serve to educate the American public on the many costs and consequences of illegal drugs on our society.

About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry )

MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. With a total size of over 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, and home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. Kids In Charge! The Children’s Science Center at MOSI is the largest children’s science center in the nation. Disasterville, featuring WeatherQuest, combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. MOSI’s newest permanent exhibition, The Amazing You, explores the fascinating world of birth through end of life. Conquer your fears and experience an adrenaline rush like no other on MOSI’s permanent attraction, the Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 36 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel structure or explore MOSI’s new technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.

For more information on MOSI or these events, please visit www.targetamerica.org or www.mosi.org.

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