GFOA Social Events

Welcome Reception - The Franklin Institute 


  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Sunday, May 31, 2015

Philadelphia's #1 attended museum. As a GFOA conference attendee, we invite you to experience one of Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions in an exclusive after hours event. Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education. While the museum will remain closed to the general public, GFOA conference attendees and their guests will receive complimentary general admission to the museum and access to the many interactive exhibitions including:

  • Your Brain - an 18 foot tall web of firing neurons
  • The Giant Heart - a 2 story tall Giant Heart
  • Sports Challenge - learn the physics, biomechanics, and material science of your favorite sports
  • Franklin Air Show - feel the force for flight and prepare for takeoff

Light refreshments featuring a “Taste of Philly” and beverages will be served prior to your evening dinner plans.

Shuttle service will be provided for guests staying in GFOA’s official hotel block.

Closing Event - Pennsylvania Convention Center

Come join us for a night of food, fun, and entertainment

  • 7:00 - 10:30 pm - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Pennsylvania Convention Center - Hall D and Terrace Ballroom.

After several days of energetic sessions and invigorating discussions, we invite you to relax and enjoy the evening before heading back to your hometown. Start the night off with a buffet dinner in Hall D of the Convention Center before heading over to the Terrace Ballroom for a night of laughter with comedy legend and actor Martin Short.

Top off the night by dancing to the energizing sound of Philly's own Bounce. From performing contemoporary hits to the classics, Bounce will be sure to keep you on the dance floor!

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is within walking distance or a short shuttle ride provided from hotels within GFOA’s official housing block.

Ticket price includes buffet dinner, beverages, and entertainment.

  • Adults -$50 
  • Chidren (under 18) - $25
  • Children (under 5) -  complimentary

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Martin Short’s breakout season on Saturday Night Live was almost 30 years ago. He became a fan-favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm, and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen. His popularity and exposure on Saturday Night Live led Short to cross over quickly into feature films: Three Amigos, Inner Space, Three Fugitives, Clifford, Pure Luck, Mars Attacks, Father of the Bride I and II, Madagascar 3, and Frankenweenie. As an accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in Little Me. He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for The Goodbye Girl. Short co-wrote and starred in Fame Becomes Me. He has been nominated for nineteen Emmy’s for several TV roles on Merlin, The Martin Short Show, Primetime Glick, and Damages. He starred in Mulaney and had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother. His voice can be heard as the Cat in Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That. 

Short’s memoir I Must Say was released in 2014. He took over Nathan Lane’s role in It’s Only a Play on Broadway in 2015. His other accomplishments include being awarded the Order of Canada, the Canadian equivalent to British Knighthood, in 1994, and being inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2000.

Recently, he appeared on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special and on the final countdown to the Late Show with David Letterman where he was received with a standing ovation.