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Thu, September 17, 2020 at 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM PT

20th Anniversary Gala

An Evening Celebration of Our Milestone 20th Anniversary
$33,923 Goal $40,000
85% Complete



San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's 20th Anniversary Virtual Gala


This year, we’re trying something new for our annual event—we’re going virtual! This means that your whole family can enjoy the show, bid on exciting silent auction items, and donate in support of the Museum from the comfort of your own home.


We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the Museum’s past twenty years of inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation—and come together to ensure all children and their families have access to hands-on learning at a time when it matters most.


The Silent Auction is OPEN!

Browse & bid on an exciting array of experiences vacations, food, services, and more ahead of the event. Keep checking back or set yourself up for auto-bidding on those items you REALLY want. 


Virtual Gala Program:

5:00 p.m.
Silent Auction & Wine Pull are Open

6:00 p.m.

Welcome from Kim Dunham, Board Chair
20th Anniversary Celebration & Stories of Impact
Special Message from Susie Walton, Parenting Educator, Author & Founder of Joy of Parenting
Musical Performance by Hullabaloo

7:00 p.m.

Silent Auction Closes
Thank You & Farewell


During this unprecedented time one thing is certain: Our families and schools need resources for young children more than ever.


Proceeds from the gala will support the Museum’s ongoing efforts to develop online educational resources for children and families as part of our Access for All initiative—which is at the heart of our commitment to serving our mission and supporting our community’s needs in new ways during these unprecedented times.


With your support, we can continue to bring innovative, hands-on virtual programs and workshops to the children who need it most.





Thank You to Our Sponsors!


  Presented By  


Pioneer Sponsor



Champion Sponsor



Leader Sponsors



Explorer Sponsors

Nan Katona
  Rosemary Kraemer Raitt Foundation  


Friend Sponsors

Nadia & Vince Pandes
Jessica, Brian, & Madelyn Winchenbach Carmen Nava-Mattox & Todd Mattox





Free Register Now

Registration is free! There is no cost to view and participate in San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's 20th Anniversary Virtual Gala

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Giving Levels

$10,000 Hands-On Learning Kits for Schools

We are taking our field trip workshops online this year! Help us fulfill our mission of hands-on learning by providing funding that will support our creation of hands-on learning kits that will help to make our STEM and Art topics come to life!

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$5,000 Refresh and Revamp Museum Exhibits

Our chickens, our flowers, and our fish are all waiting for when we can see visitors again! Help us to maintain their care, as well as, refresh our exhibit spaces for when we can be back all together.

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$2,500 Sponsor Exhibit Modifications

We can't wait to see everyone on-site again! Help us to ensure our galleries are safe and accessible for all families by sponsoring the alterations and modifications we will be making to the exhibit floor.

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$1,000 Online Education Programming

We are supporting families and communities no matter the obstacles. The Museum is working harder than ever to fulfill our mission of providing "Access for All." Help us to continue providing free, special event programming online.

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$500 STEM materials for workshops

We can't wait to bring learning to schools, libraries, and other community organizations this year-- in a new, virtual format! Help us make our demonstrations enriching by providing funding for new STEM materials.

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$250 Support Virtual Storytime!

Virtual Storytime is a way we've been able to help create a routine and expectation in our ever-changing current environment. Help us update our book selection so we can keep supporting families with engaging and contemporary titles.

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$100 Make Virtual Camp Come to Life!

Your contribution will help us to develop and refine the STEM and art activities provided at our virtual camps. These enriching sessions help children to connect and socialize-- even if at a distance-- all while learning in fun hands-on-ways through STEM and Art kits.

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$50 Provide art supplies

We are an important resource for families, schools, and communities during this challenging time. Beginning two days after the shut down we started providing free, online activities that families can do right at home to support the educational development of their children. Help us to continue to provide this programming by sponsoring the materials we use to make our activities engaging and meaningful.

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$25 Explore Around the World

At the Museum we strive to expose children and families to the unique cultures present within and without our community. Help us to continue this research into thoughtfully curated programing!

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$10 Sponsor a Student Kit

Provide a hands-on learning experience to a student! One of our most pervasive values is the belief that children learn through play. Help us provide hands-on experiences to students through the shipment of a specially designed education kit right to students homes! Each kit has been specifically designed to help a child explore and discover STEM and art topics.

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$150 1/2 case of white wine

Bottles range from $15 - $500! With this ticket you are GUARANTEED a half case of white wine. Which will they be?! 

*Wine must be picked up at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido, CA by appointment. 

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$150 1/2 case of red wine

Half Cases of Red Wine!  Bottles range from $15-$500 in value. Buy your ticket today and you are GUARANTEED a half case of wine. 

*Wine must be picked up at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido, CA by appointment. 

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$250 Amazon Gift Card

You have automatically been entered into this drawing just for registering to watch our 20th Anniversary virtual Gala on September 17th at 6:00pm!

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