San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) announces “Oceania” will be the theme for their annual spring benefit. On April 2, from 4–8 p.m. SDCDM will be hosting an evening celebrating the cultures and cuisines of the Pacific Islands.
This year’s title sponsor is the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.
The event will kick off with a VIP Reception from 4–5 p.m. featuring special cocktails, cuisine, and live music for VIP Sponsors and VIP Ticket patrons. The main event begins at 5 p.m. and guests are invited to explore the Museum’s new exhibits, mingle in the Children’s Discovery Garden, taste a variety of food and drink offerings from renowned San Diego establishments, and enjoy live entertainment with music and dance performances from the Pacific Islands.
Guests will also enjoy dancing, photo booth, live and silent auction, opportunity drawing, and a “raise the paddle” to support the Museum’s educational programming and initiatives to provide access to hands-on learning for children and families.
Due to community support at last year’s spring benefit event, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum was able to expand their interactive exhibits and scholarship programs to continue their commitment to make the Museum accessible to all members of the community. In November 2016, SDCDM celebrated their fifth year in a new larger indoor-outdoor facility and welcomed over 140,000 visitors.
The new location and expanded exhibits have allowed them to better serve children, families, and school groups while furthering their mission by providing unique hands-on educational experiences focusing on science, art, and world cultures.
Guests of the 2017 Spring Gala can choose from three different ticket options: $95 Ticket, $125 VIP Ticket, or a $1,000 VIP Ticket Package which includes 10 VIP Tickets. Business casual attire is recommended and complimentary valet will be provided. “With the Museum in its sixth year, and all of the newly completed, custom, hands-on exhibits, we are thrilled to be able to welcome the community to our Museum for a fabulous celebration of the Pacific Islands. This will be a really fun evening raising money that is critical to support the educational programs at the Museum and our continued growth,” said Executive Director Javier Guerrero.
This Spring Gala will provide a taste of traditional and fusion Pacific Island cuisine accompanied with wine, craft beer, signature cocktail, and desserts.
Event Committee Chairman, Jack Ford of TAJ Farms, has lined up this year’s wide assortment of culinary talent. Food stations will be located throughout the museum and guests will be able to sample and enjoy the flavors of some of San Diego’s premier restaurants and chefs including Wokou & Bao Beach, Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, Chef Claudia Sandoval, Bellamy’s/Grand Restaurant Group, Posh Nosh Catering, Penny’s Custom Cookies, Chinita’s Pies, and Escogelato. Complementing the cuisine and beverages, will be live music and dance performances from Tahiti, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Samoa performed by Motu Nehenehe Polynesian Dancers.
For those not able to attend the benefit event on April 2, or those that wish to contribute in other ways to help extend the reach of the museum’s educational programs, the museum is asking support for their premier annual fundraising event through sponsorship, auction item donations, or in-kind services. SDCDM offers wonderful benefits built into their sponsorships such as complimentary event tickets, Museum Family Memberships, print and media exposure, and recognition at the event and in the event program. The museum will also provide a letter recognizing all charitable donations to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Other sponsors of the event thus far are Dr. Bronner’s Soaps, Sara Wacker, APR Public Relations, and Jen Z Photography.