GALAXY GALA IS ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER’S ANNUAL CELEBRATION TO BENEFIT THE CENTER’S MISSION CRITICAL STEM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH).
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Arizona Science Center’s Galaxy Gala celebration was a major success with $600,000 raised for the Center’s STEM educational programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. Four hundred and thirty guests attended the annual black-tie celebration held on Feb. 6, 2016.
Just last year alone, the Center’s educational programs touched the lives of more than 500,000 students, teachers and families.
The event kicked off inside the Center’s Sybil B. Harrington Galleries where guests were among the very first to experience the world premiere exhibition POPnology™. The interactive and engaging exhibition examines the past, present and future of technologies that have been, and continue to be, inspired by pop culture.
“In addition to the funds raised this evening, our goal was to showcase our amazing new exhibition, POPnology, and to celebrate with community partners the incredible impact our combined efforts are having on science literacy in Arizona and beyond” said Rebecca Ailes-fine, chair of Galaxy Gala 2016.
Throughout the evening guests enjoyed a POPnology themed atmosphere from the color-changing cocktails, to the dinner that included a first course complete with User Manual. Along with dessert, guests accepted a CREATE Challenge to work on the spot with their tablemates to build a prototype of their imagined next futuristic innovation out of Legos which were then displayed in a POPup Gallery at the After Party.
The excitement of Galaxy Gala continued as guests headed to Arizona Science Center’s newest community space, CREATE. The 21 and over event was a vibrant atmosphere, featuring live entertainment from Urban Electra and culinary sponsors Pizzeria Bianco, Tarbell’s and more.
There were many opportunities to explore CREATE by participating in various activities including a “Bling Bar” where you could make your own light up LED jewelry and a 3D Scan Station.
”CREATE at Arizona Science Center is a place where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, and the experimentation of a lab, CREATE is a community hub for turning dreams into reality” said Chevy Humphrey, the Center’s President and CEO. “Next door in our permanent galleries, visitors are inspired by science. Here at CREATE, visitors can take action using science.”
The Science After Dark After Party was an energetic way to introduce the next generation of community leaders and science enthusiasts to Arizona Science Center’s signature adult learning programs and social activities.
Galaxy Gala 2017’s leadership will be a family affair with Betty McRae, Beth McRae and Bill Dougherty as Chairs.