Mingle with fellow supporters and specimens in our captivating Victorian museum while enjoying freshly-made hors d’oeuvres, and sipping on our signature cocktails. 

Friday, November 12th 

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

at the

Wagner Free Institute of Science

in honor of

Dr. Kenneth Scott,

for unparalleled commitment and service to the people and places in our community.

Ken Scott, headshot

Dr. Kenneth Scott is well-known for his extraordinary commitment to community service and his achievements in North Philadelphia as the leader of the Beech Companies. Over the past 30 years, The Beech Companies has leveraged over two billion dollars in community and economic development in Philadelphia, created 6,000 Jobs, awarded millions in grants to non-profit organizations, provided hundreds of college scholarships and produced over 2,000 units of affordable housing. Located three blocks from the Wagner, Beech is a mainspring for the growth in the area and for the people who live and work here.

Ken joined Beech as a volunteer in 1995 after a career at PECO. Trained as an engineer, Ken is passionate about science and sees understanding science and technology as critical to our future. He is a key supporter of programs that engage children in hands-on science learning experiences. Under the Obama Administration, he served on the White House Advisory Board for Technology in Education. Through Beech, Ken has fostered the continuous growth of the Wagner’s largest children’s education program, GeoKids; now in its 30th year, it serves five schools in North Philadelphia.

Ken is recognized as a global thought leader on community development as well as science and technology. He is a regular guest lecturer and panelist at conferences and universities including Oxford University and the London School of Economics. He has spoken about his community development work at the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State. He has been recognized for his efforts by the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Mayor of Philadelphia, from whom he received the prestigious Liberty Bell Award in 2007. He travels the world reviewing the latest in science and technology and has consulted for industry leaders, including NASA, Space X, Google, and Zoom. Ken is an alumnus and Executive Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University (UK). Lincoln University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2017. 


Show your support for Ken and the Wagner by sponsoring this year’s event! Sponsorship opportunities are available at five levels, starting at just $500. Sponsors at every level will receive tickets to the event and recognition in our program book, at the event, and on promotional materials. Your sponsorship directly supports free programs that engage children and adults in science and nature, and also contribute to the preservation of our Landmark building and collections. 



Get your ticket today! . The base price for a ticket is $150, however discounted prices are available for active Wagner members and guests aged 30 and under. In accordance with city policy, guests will be required to present proof of vaccination.



For questions, please contact our Development Manager, Kelly Tarnovski, at (215) 763-6529 x11 or email kellyt@wagnerfreeinstitute.org



Gold (Au79) - $10,000+


Silver (Ag47) - $5,000


Copper (Cu29) - $2,500


Iron (Fe26) - $1,000

Joseph F. Baker

Peter and Miriam Burwasser

William and Vivian Gast

Don Lessem and Valerie Jones

Marcia Makadon

Temple University, Office of Community Affairs

Trina Vaux and Hugh McCauley

ZS Associates

Titanium (Ti22) - $500

Ann and David Brownlee

Cliffe and Cheryl Cheston

Henry and Mickey Disston

Farragut Street Architects

Regi George and Vinitha Jacob

George and Diane Goeke

Aaron Goldblatt and Susan Hagen

Christine and David Hartzell

Jim McCambridge and Kathleen Howard

Sean and Jennifer McHose

Hass and Georgia Shafia


Proceeds from A Sip of Science go towards making science accessible to all.