On Dec. 11, 2018, Liberty Science Center celebrated the 90th birthday of a longtime friend and advocate of LSC: Josh Weston.
Weston, who serves as co-chair of the LSC Board of Trustees, has spent his life supporting nonprofit organizations such as ours that promote art and education. In partnership with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), we held a birthday celebration for Weston, and filled the building with friends and family.
Before the celebration began, guests walked the red carpet and enjoyed performances from the NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Sextet.
Guests were then invited to explore many of LSC’s newest experiences that opened in the last year, including a show in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium (the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere), and a presentation in the Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration.
The Weston Family Lab – a stunning exhibition and laboratory classroom that tracks real-time conditions anywhere on Earth’s surface with HD images uploaded directly from NOAA and NASA – was made possible by Weston’s generous support.
In this space, students and visitors will be able to visualize Earth’s changing climate and even view other planets in our solar system with brilliant detail.
LSC President and CEO Paul Hoffman opened the night’s program, held in LSC’s Governors Hall.
“I have learned so much from this man...he’s helped me so much in this institution,” Hoffman said.
Alongside Hoffman, NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber shared stories of how Weston influenced him in both his professional and personal life.
“Thank you for a life so beautifully lived,” Schreiber said to Weston. “We love you.”
In addition to NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Sextet, many talented artists performed throughout the night.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players performed throughout dinner.
Violin player Charles Yang and piano player Peter Dugan wowed the crowd with their dramatic performances:
Broadway icon Terrence Mann performed the final act of the night:
Happy 90th birthday to Josh Weston! Thank you for all the work you've put into supporting arts, science, and STEM education.