Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
sstone@calacademy.org
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128
htaylor@calacademy.org

25TH ANNUAL BIG BANG GALA AT THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
TO FEATURE ELON MUSK, CRAIG VENTER, ERIC SCHMIDT, AND DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD

The annual fundraiser on May 5, 2011 invites supporters to ponder the future and ignite their “wonderlust,” inspired by some of the world’s brightest and bravest scientists and explorers.

SAN FRANCISCO (March 9, 2011) – The California Academy of Sciences will host its 25th annual Big Bang Gala on May 5, 2011. Attendees will meet some of the world’s brightest and bravest scientists, contemplate the future of human life, and enjoy a naturally glamorous event where the music includes a chorus of songbirds and the brightest jewels in the room are swimming through a colorful forest of coral.
 
The evening begins at 6pm with cocktails and a performance by renowned acrobatic dance troop Project Bandaloop. Attendees will then come together for a compelling conversation between Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, PayPal, and Tesla Motors), Craig Venter (National Medal of Science winner & human genome pioneer), and Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google, Inc.) – three pioneers who have broken new ground in their respective fields.
 
A seated dinner by McCalls will be followed by additional opportunities to explore the Academy. Hear from eco-adventurer David de Rothschild about his ambitious voyage across the Pacific in the Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles; embark on an insider’s tour of the Academy’s research collections; and enjoy dessert, music and dancing in the Piazza.
 
The Big Bang Gala is a fundraising event which supports the California Academy of Sciences’ research and education initiatives, aimed at exploring, explaining and protecting the natural world. Event Co-Chairs Randi Fisher and Wendy Schmidt; Visionary Voyagers Jennifer Caldwell & John H. N. Fisher, Penny & James Coulter, and Margaret & Will Hearst; and presenting sponsor Google invite guests to attend in "festive glamour" attire. Event design is by Stanlee Gatti.
 
What: 25th Annual Big Bang Gala
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
When: May 5, 2011 from 6:00 pm to midnight
Tables: Starting at $10,000; proceeds benefit Academy research and education programs.