• Promotional banner for Big Bang Gala 2023 with a photo of a blue-eyed gecko
  • Big Bang Gala guests seated at dinner tables in the Piazza. Photo by Drew Altizer
  • Featured speaker Alexandra Cousteau on the stage in Morrison Planetarium during Big Bang Gala. Photo by Drew Altizer
  • Big Bang Gala guests enjoy a silent disco. Photo by Drew Altizer
  • Big Bang Gala guests gaze at moon jellies in the aquarium. Photo by Drew Altizer
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Big Bang | Islands 2030
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 6 pm-12 am

6 pm: Cocktail reception
7 pm: Keynote speaker
8 pm: Gourmet dinner
8:30 pm-12 am: Party After Dark

Celebrate and support Islands 2030 at the Academy's annual gala!

You're invited to the science gala of the year highlighting the Academy's Islands 2030 initiative. Learn more about novel, community-based conservation strategies that will slow and begin to reverse biodiversity loss across five key tropical archipelagos by 2030. Enjoy inspiring conversations, gourmet food, delectable drinks, entertainment, and more. Festive attire encouraged!

Event Co-Chairs: Kevin & Julia Hartz
Corporate Chair: Janet Lamkin, United Airlines
Presenting Sponsor: Autodesk
Party After Dark Presenting Sponsor: Carmel Partners

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Keynote Speaker: Hilda C. Heine, Ed.D

Photo of Dr. Hilda Heine

Hilda C. Heine, Ed.D, was elected the eighth President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and served in that capacity until January 2020. Senator Heine’s international advocacy to help mitigate the causes of global warming, and lessen the impacts of sea level rise on livelihoods of vulnerable communities, brought her recognition by TIME Magazine in 2019. Senator Heine is a crusader for women’s rights and currently serves as an advisor to Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI), a non-governmental organization that she co-founded with other Marshallese women leaders in 1987.

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Tables and tickets

All gala guests receive complimentary valet parking, a ticket to Party After Dark with musical entertainment, cocktails, and dancing throughout the museum, and a listing on the event's print invitation.

Global Visionary (table for 10, $150,000)

  • Pre-event VIP meet and greet with Big Bang Keynote Speaker and Academy Leadership
  • Premium seating at dinner with Big Bang Keynote Speaker or Academy Executive Director
  • Bespoke experience for your table at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Invitation to international Islands 2030 research expedition with Academy Scientists
  • VIP Lounge access with reserved seating and bottle service at Party After Dark
  • Fair Market Value = $4,500

Environmental Advocate (table for 10, $120,000)

  • Pre-event VIP meet and greet with Big Bang Keynote Speaker and Academy Leadership
  • Premium seating at dinner with a pioneering Scientist
  • Invitation to international Islands 2030 research expedition with Academy Scientists
  • VIP Lounge access with reserved seating and bottle service at Party After Dark
  • Fair Market Value = $4,500

Biodiversity Champion (table for 10, $60,000)

  • Preferred seating at dinner with a pioneering Scientist
  • Invitation to a Local Expedition with Academy Scientists
  • VIP admission to Party After Dark
  • Fair Market Value = $4,500

Conservation Partner (table for 10, $30,000)

  • Reserved seating at dinner
  • Invitation to a Local Expedition with Academy Scientists
  • Fair Market Value = $4,000

VIP Individual Ticket ($6,000 each)

  • Preferred seating at dinner with a pioneering Scientist
  • VIP admission to Party After Dark
  • Fair Market Value = $450

Individual Ticket ($3,000 each)

  • Reserved seating at dinner
  • Fair Market Value = $400
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Please consult with your tax advisor about directing a donation to the Academy from a donor-advised fund when you may receive something of more than incidental value in return, such as event benefits or museum membership. Additionally, in the unlikely event that the event does not occur, your generous support will be considered an unrestricted contribution to the California Academy of Sciences. Thank you for your support.

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For more information, please contact:
Nicha Leaser, Associate Director, Donor Events
(415) 379-5423