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COSI celebrated its signature annual fundraiser BLAST with a whole new style on Saturday, September 30. For the first time, COSI hosted a Sneaker Ball –– over 700 guests wore fancy evening apparel with their best sneakers to stroll through COSI after dark. Attendees enjoyed delicious bites and creative cocktails from culinary partners like Due Amici, Barley’s Brewing Company, Crazy Monkey Baking, and Nazareth Restaurant while watching captivating entertainment like dance performances and a live painter. Guests got to participate, too –– COSI provided plenty of interactive science fun and animal encounters. Erica & Aaron Conroy and Michelle & Pete Scantland graciously chaired the event and raised record dollars to benefit the day-to-day interactive science education and community programs that COSI is known for including, The Color of Science, The PLATFORM, Learning Lunchbox science kits and so much more.

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Photos courtesy of COSI and Alli Mullikin for Robb McCormick Photography.

1) Frank and Stacie Pircio 2) Greg Schmidt, Micky Fullen, (back) Aaron Conroy 3) Andy Shockney, Robin Shockney, Sandy Doyle-Ahern, Michael Ahern, Jennifer Butler, Tom Butler

4) Elon Simms and Rachel Lustig 5) Alanna Gibson 6) Frederic Bertley and Heather McPherson

7) Janelle and Luke Fedlam 8) Jodie Bahnub and Kiya Hunt 9) Kay and Monty Ragland

10) Randy and Amy Borntrager 11) Matt and Meara Scantland 12) Roderick Liptrot and Jonathan Northup

13) Live Painter, Lance Johnson 14) Susan Littleton, Rob Littleton, Pete Scantland 15) Myanah Keys-Sistrunk, Randall Sistrunk, Casandra Dickerson

16) Jennifer Massanova and Lou Von Thaer 17) Matt Gregory, Mandi Gregory, Scott Kidwell, Lindsay Kidwell, Tricia Schmidt, Greg Schmidt, Amy Glass, Justin Glass


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