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



as of 10/18/21

Silver (Ag 47)

Beech Companies


Copper (Cu 29)

Eleanor L. Davis
Karen Snetselaar and Michael McCann


Iron (Fe 26)

Joseph F. Baker
Peter and Miriam Burwasser
William & Vivian Wagner Gast

Glenmede Corporation

Don Lessem and Valerie Jones

Michael Lewis & Susan Glassman
Marcia Makadon


MIT Media Labs

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Oxford University
Temple University, Office of Community Affairs
Trina Vaux and Hugh McCauley

University of Pennsylvania
ZS Associates


Titanium (Ti 22)
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
Lynda K. Hitschler
Jane and Peter Lamb

Frederica Massiah-Jackson
Jim McCambridge and Kathleen Howard
Sean and Jennifer McHose
Ryan and Jennifer Poyser
Hass and Georgia Shafia
Louis Thompson and Sherryl Kuhlman

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