SCI’s Big Blast Gala

SCI's Big Blast – Annual Fundraising Gala

Have a blast while supporting science education!

Proceeds from this gala are critical for supporting opportunities for more than 320,000 children, teens and adults to engage in science learning through interactive exhibits, live programming, special events, workshops and camps at SCI each year.

The event features:

  • Cuisine and cocktails
  • Music and entertainment
  • Silent auction
  • Science learning and exploration

Friday, August 23, 2019  |  6:30-11:00 pm

This year, we'll "blast off" as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing!

Event Tickets

Tickets include heavy hors d'oeuvres and a hosted cocktail hour.

  • Earlybird (through July 31): $125 per person; $225 per couple
  • Regular (August 1 and after): $150 per person; $275 per couple
  • Young Professional (ages 35 and younger): $75 per person

Get Tickets

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for lifelong science learning by becoming a sponsor of SCI's Big Blast! Sponsorship benefits include event tickets as well as logo or name recognition in event materials.

  • Presenting Sponsor ($10,000)
  • Elemental Sponsor ($5,000)
  • Supporting Sponsor ($2,000)
  • Sustaining Sponsor ($1,000)
  • Aspiring Sponsor - for YPs ages 35 and younger ($500)

View sponsorship details and benefits

To become an event sponsor, please fill out this form and send it to development@sciowa.org.

Contact SCI's Development Team at development@sciowa.org or 515-274-6868 ext. 223.

Event Details

Silent Auction
The silent auction will feature various exciting packages. Check back for updates!

Cuisine & Cocktails
Premier event caterers – Christiani’s VIP Catering & Events, Great Caterers of Iowa and Hy-Vee on Euclid – will prepare cuisine featuring unique ingredients and techniques, while SCI’s Food Chain Café will create signature cocktails that combine creativity and chemistry.

Music & Entertainment
Live entertainment will be provided, and SCI’s exhibits will be open for after-hours exploration.




  • Kemin Industries, Inc.
    Kemin Industries, Inc.
  • Nationwide


  • Bridgestone Firestone
    Bridgestone Firestone
  • Eurofins
  • Hy-Vee
  • Iowa State University
    Iowa State University
  • MidAmerican Energy
    MidAmerican Energy


  • Belin McCormick, P.C.
    Belin McCormick, P.C.
  • Elizabeth Nelson
    Elizabeth Nelson
  • Fred & Charlotte Hubbell Foundation
    Fred & Charlotte Hubbell Foundation
  • John Deere
    John Deere
  • Kim & Jean Austen
    Kim & Jean Austen
  • McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC
    McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC
  • Neumann Brothers, Inc.
  • Riley Resource Group—Feed Energy


  • Barb & Bill Keck
    Barb & Bill Keck
  • Baudino Law Group
  • Casey's
  • Des Moines University
  • Don & Margo Blumenthal
  • Doug Fick
  • Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Gislason & Hunter LLP
    Gislason & Hunter LLP
  • Iowa Clinic
  • Iowa State Bank
  • Keck Parking
    Keck Parking
  • Kum & Go
  • Laura Higgins & David Walters
  • Meredith Corporation
  • Principal