As we embark on a new year, it seems fitting to reflect on 2016. Thanks to your generous support, the Fleet opened seven new exhibits and brought science education to more than 4,500 youth and adults through our 52 Weeks of Science program in Barrio Logan. Exciting plans for 2017 include the spring opening of Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery, the expansion of 52 Weeks of Science into the Clairemont neighborhood and laying the groundwork for an exciting new permanent exhibit, Science of the Impossible. All this is not possible without people like you who are committed to our vision for the Fleet's future.
I'd like to tell you about Fleet Trustee, Dr. Fred Walker, who has been part of the Fleet's history and growth since the 1970's. Fred is a retired pathologist so his passion for science has been an integral part of his career and also his volunteer life.
Dr. Walker fondly remembers the laser shows as well as the enjoyable setting full of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. While his on-site experiences shaped his passion for fostering lifelong learning, he is just as excited about the Fleet's outreach efforts and programs that connect people from all walks of life to the wonder of science.
Fred has always been interested in access to science. So when he was recommended to serve as a Trustee, he jumped at the opportunity to carry out the Fleet's mission. As a staunch supporter of the Fleet's community outreach programs, Fred shares the general philosophy that science should be accessible to all. He likes the way the Fleet is working to make science inspiring and available to diverse and historically disadvantaged groups. He believes there is a stigma that certain groups are unable to compete in this arena. And he hopes that cultural groups that have made significant contributions to science will be recognized in the future.
Fred shares the Fleet's view that San Diego has great universities, hi-tech and biotech firms and believes there is a gap between the sector and our record of people from San Diego holding these positions. The Fleet's outreach programs seek to bridge that gap and inspire local youth to become the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
Fred is enjoying the opportunity to watch the Fleet's transformational vision for the future unfold and is proud to be a generous Fleet donor. Because of his deeply held beliefs about access to science and his commitment to the vision, he has included the Fleet in his will, ensuring that his legacy will support access to science for all.
We are pleased to recognize Fred as a member of the Fleet's Infinity Society, a group of like-minded individuals who desire to create a legacy of support for our scientific future. What will your legacy be?
Thank you again for your ongoing support and involvement with the Fleet. We hope to see you soon.