Save the Date: Big Bang Gala 2020
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Save the Date!

Thursday, April 23, 2020
6 pm–midnight

Join us at this year's Big Bang Gala for a look into the future as we explore how humans can reconnect with nature to help protect, restore, and revive Earth’s irreplaceable biodiversity and stunningly eclectic ecosystems.

Big Bang Gala, named by BizBash as the top Bay Area museum charity event, is an exciting celebration, spotlighting scientific discoveries and sparking provocative conversations that lead to important global solutions. We'll have delectable food and drink and electrifying entertainment, all in support of the Academy's increasingly urgent mission to Explore, Explain, and Sustain Life.

Event Co-Chairs: Ron Zeff and Kendal Friedman
Corporate Chair: John C. Adams, Wells Fargo Bank

For more information, email events@calacademy.org.

Cocktail attire.

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Evening Program

Aerial neon sculpture illuminates diners at Big Bang Gala
  • 6 pm | Cocktail Reception
  • 7 pm | Inspiring Conversations
  • 8 pm | Seated Dinner
  • After Dinner | Party After Dark
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Tables and Tickets

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

  • Premium seating at dinner with a Big Bang Speaker or Academy Executive Director
  • Choice of your preferred Provocative Conversation
  • Bespoke experience for your table at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Invitation to a Local Expedition with Academy Scientists
  • Prominent listing on Big Bang print invitation

Environmental Advocate (table for ten, $100,000)

  • 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

Biodiversity Champion (table for ten, $50,000)

  • 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

Conservation Partner (table for ten, $25,000)

  • Reserved seating at dinner and a Provocative Conversation
  • Invitation to a Local Expedition with Academy Scientists
  • Listing on Big Bang print invitation

Individual VIP Ticket ($5,000 each)

  • Preferred seats 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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Party After Dark Packages

A couple enjoying the VIP area at Party After Dark

*New* Ultra VIP Lounge Upgrade & Bottle Service at Party After Dark ($5,000 for a table of 10)

  • Premier Reserved Seating in Piazza for headliner
  • Scheduled Meet & Greet with Party After Dark headliner
  • Reserved table and dedicated bottle service for 10 in the exclusive VIP Lounge 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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For more information, please contact:
Nicha Leaser, Associate Director, Donor Events
(415) 379-5423

Share your gala moments with your social universe: #CASBigBang