What to Expect: SIM Foundation V.I.P Networking Reception 2019

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The inaugural SIM Foundation V.I.P Networking Reception, to be hosted at SIM Connect Live 2019 in Orlando, is a premier night for the national SIM community to gather with an exemplary group of senior leaders and give back to our communities. More than 200 SIM members from across the country are expected to be in attendance.

SIM has a long running commitment to support the needs of local communities — both financially and through volunteer efforts. This evening reception will celebrate SIM’s community giveback initiatives and impactful STEM-related programs.

The SIM Gala and VIP Networking Reception will be held in the evening on Wednesday, May 15 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®, ahead of the first full day of programming for SIM Connect Live.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network during cocktails, participate in live and silent auctions, interact with sponsors, and listen to an outstanding keynote. This is an evening not to be missed!

Proceeds from the event will benefit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, a not-for-profit public charity that helps young people pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST Robotics and a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology, will deliver a keynote address.

“Dean exemplifies what it means to support STEM and the youth of this country.  I am glad SIM is an avid supporter of STEM and of FIRST Robotics,” said said Eric Gorham and Janis O’Bryan, Co-Chairs for the Reception.

WHAT: SIM Foundating V.I.P Networking Reception

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®

HOW TO JOIN: When registering for SIM Connect Live, there is a question about whether you plan to attend the Gala – that’s your RSVP


The SIM Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that is available to any SIM chapter or program. The Foundation offers the SIM community and sponsors the opportunity to collect tax-deductible contributions from individuals and corporations. Funds are distributed to meet community SIM Chapter community needs. In 2017, SIM and its 43 chapters contributed more than $1.6 million to scholarship funds, STEM, and technology-related needs to communities across the country.