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Starlight Gala

Explore Make Discover: A Benefit for Science Education
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Chabot Space & Science Center

Here is your invitation!

(Download your shuttle template HERE)

Mark your calendar to join us at this benefit for science education!

Starlight Gala Premiere Ticket: $500
Cocktail soiree, elegant dinner, private telescope viewing and guest gift bag.

Starlight Gala VIP Ticket: $1,250
Preferred seating at the dinner, recognition in program materials, a Stellar Society Membership, and an invitation to one exclusive Chabot event (event to be determined)

Atomic Sponsors: $5,000
Premium seating for four guests at the dinner, recognition in program materials, a Stellar Society Member, an invitation to one exclusive Chabot event (event to be determined). Opportunity to provide promotional information or gift item in all attendee gift bags

Galactic Sponsor: $10,000
VIP Table for 10. Acknowledgement as an official Gala Sponsor in our program and website. Stellar Society membership, Invitation as a guest to one exclusive Chabot event, Opportunity to provide promotional information or gift item in all attendee gift bags

STEM General Support Donation
Those unable to attend the 2016 Starlight Gala but wish to make a contribution to support STEM education and Chabot Space and Science Center. Donations at or above $1,000 will be recognized as Stellar Society members.


Tickets may be picked up at the door the night of the Starlight Gala.

View the planets, nebulas and distant galaxies guided by knowledgeable astronomers. Cloudy skies are no problem–the world-class Zeiss star ball will illuminate the Planetarium, thanks to the East Bay Astronomical Society.

Mix cocktails with our mixologist and test your paper plane engineering skills.

Preview the changes and meet change makers at Chabot.

STEM education for tens of thousands of Bay Area elementary, middle school and high school students through Chabot’s Discovery Lab, workshops, field trips and outreach, teen leadership programs and much, much more.

Event sponsors

Science Champion Sponsor


Orbital Philanthropists
Natalie Roe and Michael Levi
Rudney Associates

Galactic Sponsors
The Clorox Company
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
East Bay Community Foundation
Pacific Gas & Electric
Spees Family

Dinner Committee
Sue and Ron Bachman
Rena Rickles and Glen Dahlbacka
Bonnie and Earl Hamlin
Kimberly and Steve Lalli
Natalie Roe and Michael Levi
Janet Macher
Sarah and Eric Rudney
Kate and John Spees
Hon. Richard and Jean Spees
Richard L. Spees
Sheryl Gorchow-Stuart and Marc Stuart

For questions or more information please contact development@chabotspace.org or 510.336.7338

Starlight Gala 2015: A Startling Evening of Mad Science

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Chabot Space & Science Center

The stars aligned for another successful Starlight Gala, which raised $250,000 in support of Chabot’s science education programs. Galaxy Explorers Lucy Liang and Andy Han served as masters of ceremonies for the event which featured recognition of the 2015 Champions of Science honorees (see below) and Chabot’s new executive director, Adam Tobin. A special tribute was paid to Rachel (http://www.chabotspace.org/rachel.htm) Chabot’s 20” refracting telescope, which celebrates her centennial this year. She debuted at the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition in San Francisco before seeing first light at Chabot Observatory.

2015 Champion of Science Awards were presented to:
Dan Miller
Individual Champion of Science

Morgan Stanley
Corporate Champion of Science

East Bay Community Foundation
Foundation Champion of Science

Gerald McKeegan
Educator Champion of Science