Accolades

Accolades

Blue Circular Badge which reads 'Special Events Gala Award Winner 2020'

View recent coverage of our award winning events, team, and unique venues!

Awards & Recognition

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Discovery Ball registration staff working on laptops to check-in guests while sitting at long clear, acrylic table filled with hundreds of LEGO bricks in standard LEGO colors.
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Nadine Froger Photography

Finalist: 2020 Event Style Awards

BizBash Magazine
Best Nonprofit Event Concept

 

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Stylized text on peach colored background reads 'The 2020 Bizbash Event Style Awards powered by MeetingPlay Finalist #bizbashawards'
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Clear trophy award for Best Fundraising Event sits in front of black box labeled  Special Events 2020 Gala Awards
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Aurelia D'Amore Photography
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Sara Carson lays on her back on astroturf stage, while Hero, The Super Collie balances atop her feet as Discovery Ball guests look on

Winner: 2020 Gala Award

Special Events Magazine
Best Fundraising Event

 

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portrait of staff member Chris, Sion VP Food & Event Services
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Leroy Hamilton

BizBash: Top 50 Innovative Event Pros 2013

Christina Sion, VP of Food & Event Services

Press

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Bizbash Magazine Fall 2020 cover featuring a a drive up theater
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BizBash
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Special Events Magazine Summer 2020 cover featuring a performer with gloves and feathers in her hair winking
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Special Events Magazine
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Amber hued Samuel Oschin Pavilion with starry accents for a seated dinner fundraising gala
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Nadine Froger Photography

BizBash: How This Annual Gala Used Eclectic Decor to Keep Things Fresh

22nd Annual Discovery Ball featuring Art of the Brick
April 2020

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Samuel Oschin Pavilion filled with linen banquet tables, live trees, and garden park accents lit dramatically for a dark starry night effect
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Nadine Froger Photography

BizBash: See a Black-Tie Take on a Dog Theme

21st Annual Discovery Ball featuring Dogs: A Science Tail
March 2019

Past BizBash Coverage

"How This Gala Hosted Dinner Inside King Tut's Tomb"
20th Anniversary Discovery Ball featuring King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

"How a Museum Turned Gore Into Glamour for Its Annual Gala"
19th Annual Discovery Ball featuring Body Worlds: Pulse

"See How a Museum Celebrated an Over-the-Top Acquisition"
18th Annual Discovery Ball welcoming the arrival of ET-94

"This Ancient Jerusalem-Inspired Gala Set a Fund-Raising Record"
17th Annual Discovery Ball featuring Dead Sea Scrolls

"Museum Gala Channels Ancient Pompeii"
16th Annual Discovery Ball featuring Pompeii: The Exhibition

"Need to Boost Gala Attendance? Get a Space Shuttle"
15th Annual Discovery Ball Celebrating the Arrival of Space Shuttle Endeavour

"Cleopatra's Life and Times Inspire California Science Center Gala, Complete With Live Camel"
14th Annual Discovery Ball featuring Cleopatra: the Exhibition

"Science Center Ball Embraces California Theme With a Mock Orange Grove and Beachfront Pier"
13th Annual Discovery Ball: Savor California

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Discovery Ball cocktail party in the Wallis Annenberg Building adorned with elevated red balloon sculpture and BodyWorlds inspired dancers
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Nadine Froger Photography
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Edgerton Court seated dinner with blue hued night projection mapping of Jerusalem
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Nadine Froger Photography
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Tented after party lounge filled with ottomans near outdoor dance floor underneath F/A-18A Hornet
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Nadine Froger Photography
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Guests are seated at gold adorned banquet rounds in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion under the space shuttle Endeavour which has an image of King Tut's sarcophagus dramatically projected onto its side using videomapping technology
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Nadine Froger Photography

Special Events: Fit for a Pharaoh

California Science Center's 20th Anniversary Discovery Ball Honors Tut Exhibit

August 2019

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Two male costumed entertainers stand cross armed overlooking Discovery Ball after party. Shirtless entertainers are lit in blue and wearing Egyptian inspired headwear and clothing.
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Leroy Hamilton
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Blue Hued Dinner Gala in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion
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Nadine Froger Photography

Blog Posts

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Event Planner Holly Gray wearing bright red cardigan and planet pin stands in front of SKETCH Foundation Air and Space signage featuring image of space
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Aurelia D'Amore Photography

Anything But Gray Events Blog

Out of this World Event Spaces at the California Science Center

Summer 2020

Next Up

Three US astronaut plastic toys on light tabletop
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Debby Hudson
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