Starlight Gala

Join us for an evening celebration of science magic and mystery on October 27th when we transform the Center for a night of feasting, dancing, and fun.  Starlight Gala is our most important evening of the year. We honor leaders in science and the community and raise important funds for Chabot’s innovative, hands-on STEAM programs, which reach more than 50,000 children across the Bay area and inspire lifelong learning for more than 160,000 visitors across our community.

This year’s Champions of Science Honorees:

Annie Campbell Washington, Vice Mayor of Oakland


Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society

What to Expect:
will begin with a touch of magic and mysterious martinis while guests mingle in the new exhibition Going the Distance: Our Reach Into Space. Continue on to dinner, catered by McCalls, to celebrate our 2018 Champions of Science followed by a live auction featuring Chabot-exclusive experiences and a rousing Ignite our Future paddle raise.

Finish the evening at the Starlight AfterParty. Dance until midnight wit DJ Eric, enjoy seasonal tricks and treats, an open bar, cabaret-style magic shows and a tour of the Magical Mystery Chamber.

Black tie-dress is highly encouraged.

The Details

Saturday, October 27, 2018

6 pm – 10 pm

Tickets start at $500

AfterParty until Midnight

The Starlight Gala is Chabot’s annual benefit  celebration. Last year’s fundraiser generated over $250,000 to support programs that reach thousands of students and visitors across the Bay Area. This year, all proceeds from the Starlight Gala and the Starlight After Party will support Chabot’s education and community programs.

Dinner Committee

Eric Rudney, Mary Ellen and Bryant Tong, Michael Levi and Natalie Roe,  Edward and Camille Penhoet, John and Kathleen Spees, The Hon. Richard and Mrs. Jean Spees, Janet Macher, Earl and Bonnie Hamlin, Margaret Hauben, Marc and Sheryl Stuart, Christopher Ellison, The Hon Jean Quan and Floyd Huen, Fred and Ann Patton

Corporate and Organizational  Sponsors:
Champion of Science Sponsor

Chevron Corporation

Orbital & Atomic Sponsors

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories     *     The Kapor Center     *     The Clorox Company     *     Rudney Associates        Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories *     Pacific Gas and Electric     *    Kaiser Permanente * Port of Oakland * East Bay Community Foundation

In Kind Sponsors

Verducci Event Productions     *     Rock Wall Wines     *     Lusu Cellars    *    JBJ Pictures * Fort Point Beer Company