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Annual Gala



Connecticut Science Center Gala: Close Encounters of the STEM Kind

Join us at the Connecticut Science Center Gala: Close Encounters of the STEM Kind for out-of-this-world cocktails, a seated dinner (with mashed potatoes), music, live and silent auctions, and more in support of inspiring programs to meet the current and future STEM workforce needs. The Connecticut Convention Center will be transformed into a not-to-miss celebration of science fiction through the ages.

Gala-goers will also celebrate STEM leaders and innovators in our community with a special presentation of the 2024 STEM Achievement Awards and Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Awards. This year, the Science Center will dedicate and present the first annual Dr. Theordore S. Sergi K-12 Educator of the Year Award.

Saturday, October 5, 2024
6:30PM-Midnight

At the Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103

TICKETS

THANK YOU TO OUR GALA SPONSORS

The Mother Ship Sponsors

Devil’s Tower Sponsors

  • Barnes Group
  • The Cigna Group
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Petit Family Foundation
  • Liberty Bank

Area 51 Sponsors

  • Adams & Knight
  • CBS, a Xerox Company
  • Cinemotion
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Fairview Capital
  • HBS
  • iHeart Media
  • KPMG LLP
  • MetroHartford Alliance
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • PwC
  • The Hartford

Flying Saucer Sponsors

  • Shipman & Goodwin
  • USA Waste & Recycling
  • Vistra

For additional information, please contact Whitney Gray, Director of Institutional Giving at wgray@CTScienceCenter.org or
(860) 520-2124

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE 2023 GALA COMMITTEE

Chairs

  • Jennifer DiBella
  • Jilline Dolan

Members

  • Taylor Benedum
  • Marissa Corda
  • Jennifer DiPentima
  • Carla Economos
  • Kate Greco
  • Lori Hess
  • Monica Hoffman
  • Martha Kalen
  • Shawna Klimanszewski
  • Joy Mattei
  • Maya Nicole Matthews
  • Irene O'Connor
  • MaryBeth Reiss
  • Rachel Schilberg
  • Kirsten Shea
  • Rebecca Williams
  • Nola Zimmerman

Meet the 2023 Award Honorees & Finalist

STEM Achievement Awards

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K-12 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR HONOREE
Richard McCarthy Retired Science Teacher Frank Ward Strong Middle School
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HIGHER EDUCATION HONOREE
Rose Karvandi
B.S. Physiology & Neurobiology
UCONN Class of ‘23
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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION HONOREE
Women’s League Child Development Center Hartford, CT
INNOVATOR HONOREE (INDIVIDUAL)
Christopher Allen, Sr. CEO iCleanse
INNOVATOR HONOREE (ORGANIZATION)
General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton, CT
YOUTH HONOREE
Nyasia M. Pitts Connecticut Science Center Teen Innovation Program Participant

The Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award

HONOREE
Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley Design Deputy Chief / Hot Section Engineering Airfoil PL3 Aftermarket & Sustainment Engineering (ASE) Pratt & Whitney
STUDENT HONOREE
Ashley Malkin Greenwich High School
FINALIST
Christina Cho, PhD Postdoctoral Research Associate Lieping Chen Lab Department of Immunobiology Yale School of Medicine

2023 Gala