Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley
Inspiring Young Minds

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Marguerite Muñoz

September 19, 2014 — Berkeley, CA. On November 1, 2014, the Lawrence Hall of Science will host its 2014 Gala, “Inspiring Young Minds,” to celebrate the spirit of innovation marked by the 75th anniversary of Ernest O. Lawrence's Nobel Prize and the 5th anniversary of the Hall's Ingenuity Programs. The Hall calls on champions of science education, as well as everyone with an interest in a future driven by science and technology, to attend the event in the hopes of engineering a brighter future for the Bay Area and beyond.

"Inspiring Young Minds" will begin with a VIP reception for event sponsors to network with like-minded individuals while enjoying gourmet food, wine, and a special presentation by 2013 Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman amid the Hall's sparkling San Francisco Bay views. Gala Party festivities will include signature cocktails, California cuisine creatively crafted by Rebecca Jean Catering, and inventive entertainment led by San Francisco Giants public address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon. Guests will unplug from daily routines and connect with the joy of discovery alongside UC Berkeley scientists and educators, making LED flying machines and contributing to a crowd-sourced stop-motion story created by Nick Walker, who received an award for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in the animated feature film Rango. A lively auction lead by the Emmy–award winning host of Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem, will round out the evening with experiential packages that echo the surprising connections and creative experiences at the Hall.

“This event brings together business, community, and education leaders who share a passion and concern for the quality of science education that is available to young people and families. Early sponsors include Chevron, Agilent, Cisco, Gartner, and SAP,” stated Susan Gregory, Deputy Director at the Lawrence Hall of Science. “The Gala is an opportunity to see how the Hall—the only science center that is part of a top-tier research university—creates model programs that reach over 12 million young people every year."

“Chevron is proud to support the Lawrence Hall of Science and help increase the quality of and improve access to science education for parents, teachers, and kids," said Louie Ehrlich, Chevron CIO and president, Information Technology Company. "I encourage others in the business community to join the cause in raising awareness around education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

Gala guests help the Hall provide thousands of families and students with life-changing learning experiences by supporting a wide range of the Hall’s educational initiatives, including public programs at the Hall and in the community, national curriculum programs aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), afterschool programs, and professional development for both in-school and out-of-school educators.

Please visit the "Inspiring Young Minds" Gala website for more information and to purchase individual tickets or sponsorships, or contact Director of Development Linda Rafferty at 510-664-4921.

About Lawrence Hall of Science:
The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, investigates, creates, and evaluates educational materials and methods, professional development programs, and hands-on learning experiences for science centers, schools, community organizations, and homes. Every year programs from the Hall serve millions of students, over 165,000 visitors, and more than 20,000 teachers nationally and internationally. The Hall is committed to providing every person access to high-quality, effective science and mathematics learning opportunities to enrich lives, inform communities, and advance society.

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