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Daniel Noguera crouched down to pet Diesel, one of two tortoises roaming the gala.

BLACK TIE: Inspiring Innovation Gala 2017

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Daniel Noguera crouched down to pet Diesel, one of two tortoises roaming the gala.

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Kelly Stewart and Doctor Peter Pritchard welcomed arriving guests.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Kelly Stewart and Doctor Peter Pritchard welcomed arriving guests.

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Dennis Lind, Krista Ledden and Jonathan Ledden enjoyed the night's events.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Dennis Lind, Krista Ledden and Jonathan Ledden enjoyed the night's events.

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Speed painter Rock Demarco worked on a sea turtle painting.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Speed painter Rock Demarco worked on a sea turtle painting.

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A cellist played with her string quartet inside the center.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

A cellist played with her string quartet inside the center.

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UCF Downtown vice provost Thad Seymour, Katie Seymour and Ava Doppelt chatted and sipped drinks as guests arrived.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

UCF Downtown vice provost Thad Seymour, Katie Seymour and Ava Doppelt chatted and sipped drinks as guests arrived.

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Visitor's placecards were available for pickup before dinner was served.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Visitor's placecards were available for pickup before dinner was served.

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Ray Allen, Ms. & Mr. Anil Deshpande and Helen Tillem met up at the gala.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Ray Allen, Ms. & Mr. Anil Deshpande and Helen Tillem met up at the gala.

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Guests bid on turtle and tortoise artwork to raise money for the Orlando Science Center.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Guests bid on turtle and tortoise artwork to raise money for the Orlando Science Center.

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The string quartet performed for onlookers at the event.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

The string quartet performed for onlookers at the event.

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Alan Ginsberg chatted with different groups throughout the night.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Alan Ginsberg chatted with different groups throughout the night.

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Tom and Gina Draper met up with Stan Thorton over drinks.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Tom and Gina Draper met up with Stan Thorton over drinks.

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Jonathan and Betty Raz had a great time at the gala.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Jonathan and Betty Raz had a great time at the gala.

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Dennis Daugherty came to the social event with friends.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Dennis Daugherty came to the social event with friends.

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Cindy and Ken Robinson arrived to support a good cause.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Cindy and Ken Robinson arrived to support a good cause.

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Linda Wilinski and Sarah Hampton went to the gala to contribute to a good cause and to share their love of turtles.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

Linda Wilinski and Sarah Hampton went to the gala to contribute to a good cause and to share their love of turtles.

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"Real turtle people" Eric Goode, founder of the Turtle Conservancy and conservancy programs director Peter Paul Van Dijk hoped the gala would result in more protection for the reptiles.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 |

"Real turtle people" Eric Goode, founder of the Turtle Conservancy and conservancy programs director Peter Paul Van Dijk hoped the gala would result in more protection for the reptiles.

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