Galaxy Gala

Galaxy Gala 2016: POPnology

World Premiere Exhibition in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Rebecca Ailes-Fine, Chair
Lee Courtney and Lisa Shover Kackley, Vice-Chairs

6:00 p.m. Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:30 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m. CREATE Science After Dark After Party

For more information, please contact:
Judi Goldfader, Director of Development

Ways to Participate

All sponsorship levels include:

Name recognition for one year:
Arizona Science Center’s digital lobby donor display
Preshow slides in the Irene P. Flinn IMAX® Theater
Preshow slides in the Dorrance Planetarium
Arizona Science Center website
Galaxy Gala 2016 Program
Complimentary general admission passes (number equal to table level, i.e. $50,000 = 50 passes, $35,000 = 35 passes, etc.) Customized benefits including complimentary Employee Appreciation Day for levels of $25,000 and higher.

Back by POPular demand!

VIP Seating for Two – $10,000/couple (Limited to 50 couples)

Includes premier VIP seating for two, upgraded dinner wine, front of the line valet service, exclusive CREATivE favors, reserved table seating for Science After Dark After Party, two annual passes for CREATE

Tables of 10
$50,000 Imagine
$35,000 Design
$25,000 Make
$15,000 Connect
$10,000 Construct
$5,000 Innovate

Individual Tickets
$500 Share

Science After Dark After Party
(9 p.m. – Midnight)
$100 CREATE ticket
(Included at no additional cost for all VIP seating, Tables, and individual Gala tickets purchased above). Ticket price can be applied to a year-long Science After Dark membership.

Underwriting Opportunities

All underwriting levels include:

Name recognition for one year:
Arizona Science Center’s digital lobby donor display
Slides in the Irene P. Flinn IMAX® Theater
Slides in the Dorrance Planetarium
Arizona Science Center website
Galaxy Gala 2016 Program
Complimentary Galaxy Gala 2016 individual tickets (number equal to underwriting level, i.e. $50,000 = 5 tickets, $40,000 = 4 tickets, etc.) Customized benefits for levels of $30,000 and higher.

POPnology Exhibition Local Sponsor
Galaxy Gala Dinner           $50,000
Science After Dark After Party           $50,000
Décor & Rentals           $40,000
Entertainment & Production           $40,000
Cocktail Reception           $30,000
CREATE at Arizona Science Center passes for all Galaxy Gala 2016 guests           $20,000
Favors, Wine, Spirits & Cordials, Valet, Invitations, Printed Materials, Other
(In-kind donation acceptable)
Postage           $2,000
Beer, Water           $2,000

Why Invest in Arizona Science Center?

We live in an incredible time! The world is changing faster than ever. Communication is infinitely more powerful. People are empowered and inspired by new ideas and science is at the core of it all! Arizona Science Center’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science. We serve hundreds of thousands of families and school-aged children each year through our onsite and offsite programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We support Arizona’s teachers by providing direct and easy access to an innovative combination of formal and informal learning in order to increase interest and achievement for their students.

Your gift will ensure that we:

Continue to develop and offer robust, engaging and relevant learning opportunities aimed at developing skills for a future workforce, including critical thinking and problem solving

Maintain FREE field trips for Title 1 schools and low field trip fees for all students and teachers

Bring new and exciting featured exhibitions to Arizona

Preserve and enhance our existing bricks and mortar infrastructure and technology upgrades to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of science content delivery

Provide transportation funding to schools for field trip visits

Annual Impact by the Numbers

500,000+ Students, teachers and families impacted through the Center’s educational programs and events

286,000+ Students in classrooms across Arizona impacted through professional development coaching services for educators and educational leaders

146,805 Students visited the Center on a field trip; of this group, 44,216 Title I students visited free of charge

74,650 Average monthly website visitors, of which 69.4% are new visitors

56,090 Students and educators impacted through the Center’s signature Science on Wheels outreach programming

21,457 Hours contributed by 546 volunteers

20,737 Facebook likes and 4,243 Twitter followers

18,973 Individual and Family Members

185 Unique demonstrations, activities and workshops performed daily on a rotating basis at the Center

Arizona Science Center Galaxy Gala 2015

Galaxy Gala 2015: Gridiron Glory
Galaxy Gala 2015: Gridiron Glory was held on February 7, 2015 at Arizona Science Center and grossed $600,000 in support of the Center's science, technology, engineering and math education programs. More than 400 guests joined "Quarterbacks" Tracy Bame and Joelle Hadley and enjoyed access to the featured exhibition Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame sponsored locally by JPMorgan Chase and APS and located in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries. The evening included a welcome by the Dobson High School Drum Line, hands-on demonstrations by the Center's staff, a dinner fit for the hall of fame designed by Ina Manaster, a thrilling "half-time" show from performer Alicia Hall Moran and a raffle for luxury prizes generously donated by event sponsors including American Airlines, E.D. Marshall Jewelers, Eddie's House, KTAR Arizona Sports, NFL, Tarbell's, Telluride Ski& Golf and the Westin St. John Resort and Villas.

Galaxy Gala guests were the first to hear the Center's announcement of the brand new, interactive facility known as CREATE, opening in late spring 2015 in the former Phoenix Museum of History. In this space, visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to learn new skills, tackle real-world design challenges, and become part of a network of innovators and creative thinkers. Galaxy Gala "makers" participated in a hands-on activity to see which table could create the most inspired design using bendable glow sticks and connectors! To quote one Galaxy Gala attendee, "This is the most fun fundraiser I've ever been to in this town!"

Arizona Science Center's mission is to inspire, educate, and engage curious minds through science. Our vision is to be a global leader in science experiences. The Center is dedicated to public education and creating a passion for science by offering visitors new and relevant access to science in ways that excite and delight.

Proceeds from the Galaxy Gala benefit the Science Center’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

Thank you to the Galaxy Gala 2015 Donors

  • SUPER BOWL ALL STARS ($100,000 and above)
    The Melani and Rob Walton Fund
    of the Walton Family Foundation
  • MVP ($10,000 and above per couple)
    Carolee and Steve Hunton
    Ellen and Howard Katz
    Margot and Dennis Knight
    Robynn and Robert Sussman
  • TOUCHDOWN ($50,000 and above)
    The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation
  • EXTRA POINT ($25,000 and above)
    Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, Inc.
    Elizabeth and Bryan Saba
  • SAFETY ($15,000 and above)
    Cox Communications
    Hazel Hare
  • FIRST DOWN ($10,000 and above)
    American Airlines
    The Boeing Company
    Julie and David Colton
    Jean and Curt Feuer
    Helios Education Foundation
    JPMorgan Chase
    Pivotal Foundation, Dionne and Francis Najafi
    Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart
    Rosemary Shockman and Doug Young
    US Bank
  • DRAFT ($5,000 and above)
    American Express
    Arizona Lottery
    Arizona State University
    BMO Harris Bank
    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
    Bryan Cave, LLP
    Kay and Kent Corbin
    CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
    Desert Star Construction, Inc.
    The James R. Freeman Family
    Intel Corporation
    Laurie McWeeney
    MidFirst Bank
    Renee Dee and Alfredo Molina
    Resolution Copper Mining
    Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Arizona Science Center Galaxy Gala 2015