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You're Invited!
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6 pm – midnight

Big Bang is the Bay Area's most lively celebration, spotlighting scientific discoveries that lead to important global solutions.

This year’s gala will highlight the Academy’s critical work in the Galápagos Islands. Spanning more than 100 years, our relationship with the remote archipelago began in 1905 when eight Academy scientists embarked on a research expedition that would alter the course of Academy history.

With a current generation of Academy scientists at the forefront of discovering ways to protect the islands, gala guests will have a front-row seat to learn how dramatic changes are impacting vulnerable species and ecosystems in the islands and globally.

Your support of the Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark helps the Academy share its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with 1.5 million visitors each year.

Event Chairs: Mary and Jerome Vascellaro
Honorary Chairs: Mayor London N. Breed, Wendy and Eric Schmidt, Mrs. William Wilson (Bill)
Vice Chairs: Diana Nelson and John C. Atwater, Janice and Matthew Barger, Stasia Obremskey and Dan Carroll, Randi and Bob Fisher/Pisces Foundation, Elizabeth R. Patterson
Corporate Chair: Andrew Anagnost, President & CEO, Autodesk

Cocktail attire.

Evening Program

Aerial neon sculpture illuminates diners at Big Bang Gala
  • 6 pm | Cocktail Reception
  • 7 pm | Inspiring Conversations:
    • Why the Galápagos Matter - Featuring Dr. Arturo Izurieta and Dr. Matthew James
    • A Sustainable Future: Can Tech Help Chart the Course? - Featuring Kate Brandt
  • 8 pm | Seated Dinner
  • After Dinner | Party After Dark
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Speakers

Dr. Matthew James

Dr. Matthew James, Author, Collecting Evolution

Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University, and a governing member of the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galápagos Islands. James has been writing about history, science, and research in the Galápagos Islands for more than 30 years, and is the author of Collecting Evolution.

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Dr. Arturo Izurieta

Dr. Arturo Izurieta, Executive Director, Charles Darwin Foundation

Arturo Izurieta directs the Foundation’s strategic planning, scientific research, and partnerships between government authorities, indigenous groups, and scientific communities. He collaborates with researchers and institutions in Ecuador and internationally--including the California Academy of Sciences --to support long-term conservation and sustainability initiatives in the Galápagos Islands.

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Kate E. Brandt

Kate Brandt, Sustainability Officer, Google

Kate Brandt leads sustainability across Google’s worldwide operations, products, and supply chain to capitalize on opportunities to advance sustainability and the circular economy. In 2014, President Obama appointed Brandt Federal Environmental Executive, making her the nation's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, responsible for promoting sustainability across Federal Government operations.

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Tables and Tickets

Honorary Chair ($100,000; table for 10)

  • Premium seating at dinner with a Big Bang speaker and at your preferred Provocative Conversation
  • Invitation to a local expedition with Academy scientists
  • Prominent listing on Big Bang print invitation

Vice Chair ($50,000; table for 10)

  • Preferred seating at dinner with a pioneering scientist and at your preferred Provocative Conversation
  • Invitation to a local expedition with Academy scientists
  • Featured listing on Big Bang print invitation

Host Committee Table ($25,000; table for ten)

  • Reserved seating at dinner and a Provocative Conversation
  • Invitation to a local expedition with Academy scientists
  • Listing on Big Bang print invitation

Individual Ticket ($5,000 each)

  • Preferred seating at dinner with a pioneering scientist and at your preferred Provocative Conversation
  • Listing on Big Bang print invitation

Individual Ticket ($2,500 each)

  • Reserved seating at dinner and a Provocative Conversation
  • Listing on Big Bang print invitation

All levels above include general admission to Party After Dark and valet parking for all gala dinner guests.

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A couple enjoying the VIP area at Party After Dark

VIP Lounge Upgrade at Party After Dark ($2,500 for a table of 10)

  • Reserved table and dedicated bottle service for 10 in the exclusive VIP Lounge at Party After Dark

VIP tickets not included with Big Bang Gala table or ticket purchase.

 

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Reservations will be held at the door. Value of goods and services for IRS purposes is $300 per seat utilized.

In the unlikely event that the Gala does not occur, your generous support will be considered an unrestricted contribution to the California Academy of Sciences. 

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Special thanks to our corporate sponsors:

  • Big Bang Gala 2019 corporate sponsors
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