Science North prides itself on hosting exciting and memorable annual fundraising galas to support on-going exhibit, programming and building development and renewal. Each Gala features a unique theme that stands out and creates buzz! With hundreds of guests in attendance, this highly anticipated annual event is an unforgettable night you won't want to miss!
The White Gala, was a huge success! Over 240 guests enjoyed an entire evening of world-class entertainment including Dan Dunn’s Paintjam and Northern Ontario’s Otis and the Groove. The evening celebrated Science North’s 30th anniversary, our new exhibit Arctic Voices and new large format film Wonders of the Arctic.
“The Gala was fantastic and I really enjoyed myself. It was such a wonderful night and could not be happier to have been a part of it.”Mitchell, guest
“Terrific event last night.”Mike, guest
“It was an incredible event. Very well done and lots of fun. Looking forward to what you have up your sleeves for next year. Definitely a hard act to follow.”Diane, guest
The Unbelievable Gala has come and gone…
Almost $60,000 raised for exhibit development and renewal
Over two hundred guests escaped into a world of imagination! This elegant evening infused with the fun you might expect at a high-end Midway, Circus or Carnival, was absolutely unbelievable. Contortionists, stilt-walkers, jugglers, fire breathers, and sword swallowers surrounded guests while they made their way from one tapas food station to the other and enjoyed surf ‘n turf bites, Lake of Bays Bison Ribs, lamb and more.
The more adventurous dined on tempura-coated vodka infused scorpions, Silkworm Soup and other delicacies being served at the Bug Bistro, part of Science North’s latest traveling exhibit, The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®.
A Live Auction and Games of chance provided guests with opportunities to take home incredible gifts, prizes and surprises.
Here’s what our guests had to say:
Your function was the best that I have been to! You really outdid yourself!Wendy, guest
Congrats to all! It was a great event. A good time was had by all!Steve, guest
Your event on Saturday was fabulous! Pete and I had a wonderful time. Kudos to you and your team at SN. Came home with a hot tub and RIB dinner!Lisa, guest
Please pass on my congrats to your whole Science North team for the work on the event. What fun we had and how engaging the entertainers were! Truly a class evening!Darlene, guest
$38,000 raised for new exhibit development!
Saturday, April 14th 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the collision that led to the sinking of the majestic ship during its maiden voyage. Science North recreated the opulence and luxury experienced by the first class guests during that fateful evening.
The Sudbury Symphony Orchestra string quartet played its haunting melodies while guests in period clothing enjoyed a modern twist on the10 course meal inspired by the original menu served on the Titanic one hundred years earlier.
Prizes for best costumes, a live auction featuring a hot tub, BBQ and “Heart of the Ocean” replica necklace, and a riveting story delivered by Thomas Andrews, the Titanic shipbuilder, kept guests excited and mesmerized. And then, the party started! Guests, along-side a few third-class passengers who definitely knew how to have fun, kicked up their heels to the music of the Nickel City Dixie Stompers and danced the evening away.
Honorary Life Member Award
$43,000 raised for the Marchbank Innovation Fund
Jim Marchbank stepped down as long-time CEO of Science North in May 2011. In November of the same year, the Board of Trustees and the community honoured Mr. Marchbank with an Honorary Life Member Award. Over 180 guests joined in the celebration, which featured Science North produced videos showcasing the impact Mr. Marchbank had in the world of science here at Science North, Inside the Snowflake, Throughout Ontario, and Across Canada and Beyond.
This was the first time the Honorary Life Member Award Dinner was made into a fundraising event. When asked where he would like to see the funds directed, Mr. Marchbank, predictably, asked that the funds be directed towards allowing our Bluecoats to conduct on and off-site research and develop new programs, experiences and exhibits to enhance the visitor experience. Over $43,000 were raised for the Marchbank Innovation Fund that night.
$43,000 raised for the development of events for a teen audience!
After a science-infused meal featuring molecular gastronomy, over 200 guests sat in rapt attention as John Kay, lead vocalist for the band Steppenwolf, explained how an old-time rocker became an ambassador for wildlife rescue and came to be involved with Science North. Mr. Kay told his compelling story while guests enjoyed photo after photo of wild animals in their natural habitat. Jutta Maue, his wife of over 30 years, shot the photos during their numerous travels to different animal sanctuaries and wildlife refuges.
Mr. Kay became interested in Science North after discovering Science North’s own David Lickley had directed “Born to be Wild 3D”, a large format IMAX® film. The film features some of the orphaned and abandoned elephants and orangutans Mr. Kay and Ms. Maue work hard to protect.
Later, Mr. Kay partnered with crème-de-la-crème local musicians and performed some of Steppenwolf’s greatest hits such as Magic Carpet Ride, The Pusher and Born to be Wild, proving that this rocker certainly hasn’t lost his ability to rock a room.
Local band, Blackwater, kept the guests dancing until the end of the night after Mr. Kay’s performance.