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September 11, 2019

ACTON, MA – Discovery Museum will host its annual fundraising event, Discovery Gala 2019: Play It Forward, on October 5, 2019 at the Discovery Museum. Supporters are invited to “wear your jeans and bring your curiosity” for a grown-ups only evening of creative cocktails, playful cuisine, and abundant fun. Proceeds will support access programs for families and schools that make the Museum welcoming and accessible to everyone.

Nearly 50,000 people were served through the Museum’s access programs in 2018, 22% of the total served. Money raised will fund programs such as Especially for Me—free events for families experiencing developmental issues such as autism, or hearing or vision loss—and in-class Traveling Science Workshop programs to schools in underserved communities.

This year’s gala will be emceed by former New England Cable News anchor Steve Aveson. The evening’s activities will include pop-up science and engineering experiences including ice and air investigations, liquid nitrogen experiments, and electronics dissection. Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab will be on hand to guide visitors through the Museum’s temporary exhibit, Caterpillars: Life on the Leaf Edge, which ends its run at the Museum on September 6th. 

Attendees have the chance to bid on trips to Tuscany and Antigua, dinner in the Discovery Woods Treehouse, and other unique Discovery Museum and regional experiences through live and silent auctions.

The event will run from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Tickets are $200 per person and are available for purchase online now. Host tables and corporate sponsorships are also available.

Discovery Gala: Play It Forward is sponsored in part by Nuance, with additional support from Analog Devices, Boston Scientific, Hologic, and Middlesex Savings Bank.